Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) rushes the ball against Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Chicago defeats Cincinnati 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Giovani Bernard – He barely played, but when he did, he produced. 22 yards on 4 carries (5.5 ypc), a catch for 8 yards, and a nice 14 yard run which was negated by a hold. This guy is electric and needs to find his way on Gruden’s play sheet more often than he did on Sunday.
Anthony Collins – I have always liked Collins and Sunday showed why. He was tasked with protecting Dalton’s blind side from Julius Peppers and he did a damn good job. In 27 snaps against Peppers, AC allowed 0 sacks and just 1 pressure. I love Whitworth for his attitude, run blocking and leadership, but when it comes to pass blocking, I think AC is better.
Tight Ends – I love the 2 TE set and Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert make the emergence of a #2 WR a moot point. 5 targets to Gresham and 5 to Eifert resulted in a perfect 10 catches for 82 yards. Easy to see why the coaches loved Eifert and Gresham looks like the pick of Eifert has lit a fire under him. Gresham has been running through guys this year!
Offensive Line – With Whit out and Smith hobbled, I was a little concerned about the line going up against a very good defense. At least in the pass game, they held up great, giving up just 1 sack and 0 other QB hits in 34 drop backs. Unfortunately the run blocking did not have quite the same success