*Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth was dominant at both guard and tackle on Sunday. Playing both guard and tackle after Anthony Collins went out of the game with an injury, Whitworth didn’t allow a single QB hit or pressure.
He also earned high praise from Pro Football Focus, who believes should have been named to the Pro Bowl outright after begin named an alternate:
PFF Pro-Bowler, Andrew Whitworth, finished the regular season in the same form as he started, but did so working from the inside. This marked the second game in five starts as a guard that he graded in the green in both run blocking (+1.8) and pass blocking (+2.6) – he did it twice as a tackle this year, too – and now finds himself in the ranks of the Top 15 in both position groups.
Another fine day for the bi-positional Andrew Whitworth earns him the game ball.
*They also noted how the offensive line as a whole has helped Andy Dalton tremendously:
Andy Dalton has been one of the least-pressured quarterbacks in the league this season. The 25% of drop-backs that have seen rushers getting to him is the second-lowest figure among 40 qualifying quarterbacks (Peyton Manning’s 22.7% is lowest). Going hand-in-hand with the high pass-blocking grades across his offensive line, a quick release has helped keep him clean – his average time to throw is only 2.43 seconds.
*Bengals tight ends were averaging six catches for 60 yards coming into Sunday, but with Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham out, Orson Charles and Alex Smith caught a combined two passes for 215 yards.
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