Offensive Line – In a 2 game span back in October/November (Miami and Baltimore), Dalton was sacked 10 times, threw just 2 TDs to 6 INTs and the Bengals went 0-2. In the 6 games since, the Bengals line has allowed a total of just 3 sacks and held the opponent to 0 sacks in 4 of those 6 games.
Not surprising, the Bengals are 5-1 in those games and Dalton has a 15/9 TD/INT ratio. In their first matchup, Dalton was sacked 5 times and hit a total of 13 times.
Sunday, Bengals line, even while switching out lineman, surrendered 0 sacks and exactly 0 QB hits.
- Versatility – Is there a deeper and more versatile O-Line in the NFL? On Sunday, the Bengals: lost their starting center on the second series of the game; lost their LT around halftime; brought in their backup RG to play LG and moved their LG to LT…and still they managed to give up 0 sacks, 0 QB hits, and run for their most yards (111) and best YPC average (3.7) since their 155 yard and 4.4 YPC game against the Colts.
- Trevor Robinson – I never understood why Cook got the starting center job back over Robinson last year. The line seemed to play better with Robinson in there. After back-to-back games of struggling to run the ball against poor run defenses (Pittsburgh and Minnesota), Cook exits with a foot injury, Robinson steps in and the Bengals run for 111 yards against the 9th rank run defense. Coincidence? I think not.