Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) returns a kick against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
In his annual special teams rankings, Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News has ranked the Bengals special teams unit the second-best in the NFL. Gosselin does the standings by ranking the teams in 22 categories and assigning points according to their standing:
"The league’s 32 teams are ranked in 22 categories and assigned points according to their standing — one for best, 32 for worst. The Vikings finished first in special teams with a composite score of 253.5 — 22.5 points better than the runner-up Cincinnati Bengals.Minnesota finished 31st in the NFL in passing and 16th on defense, but Peterson led the league in rushing with a staggering 2,097 yards and the Vikings were dominant on the kicking downs."
It’s also worth noting the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens finished third in his rankings. Just think, the Bengals finished second WITH Brandon Tate. These rankings just remind us how important all 53 players on an NFL roster are, as most of the ST unit is comprised of players like Jeromy Miles and Dan Herron, who never see the field at their natural positions, but still. make significant contributions.