The Pro Football Focus guys have their grades up for the Bengals’ 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions, and while much of the praise was given to Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and even Marvin Jones, it was defensive end Carlos Dunlap who they felt was the real game-changer:
Carlos Dunlap continues to be one of the more underrated defenders in the league. After missing a tackle on Reggie Bush early in the game, he was dominant in collecting seven hurries and two hits. He put his inside move on display at both 8:45 of the first quarter and 8:28 of the third quarter, getting past his blocker in less than three seconds for a hit and hurry. Showing variety later in the game, he picked up a pressure to the outside of LaAdrian Waddle on consecutive fourth quarter plays to flush Matt Stafford and end a Lion drive. As good as Dunlap was rushing the passer, perhaps his best play of the game doesn’t even show up in his +3.2 overall grade; he broke through to block a Detroit field goal late in the second quarter – those potential three points turned out to be the difference in the game.
The Bengals will need many more performances like this the rest of they year with Leon Hall out now.
And of other note, the three highest graded players were Andy Dalton (+4.4), Calvin Johnson (+4.0)and Carlos Dunlap (+3.2). Green averaged more yards per route run with 4.43 on his 35 versus the 3.3 on 47 of the routes Calvin Johnson ran.
The three lowest graded players were Ezekiel Ansah (-4.2), Brandon Pettigrew (-3.6) and Jermaine Gresham (-3.8)