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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Week 3

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Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) is tackled by a Green Bay Packers player (behind) after making a catch during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jermaine Gresham

Few guys have dawned stripes and frustrated me more than Jermaine Gresham. You see flashes of greatness and then you see careless blocking and ball security which inevitably leads to blown up run plays or fumbles and a perplexed looking Jermaine Gresham trying to make an argument that he was down before the fumble. Nope Jermaine, just try and hold onto that ball buddy.

Lack of Use of the TEs

After how effective the 2 TE sets have been, and given the fact that I felt the 2 TE set would be super effective against the Packers, I was surprised to see the Bengals only use it about 50% of the time. I was especially surprised to see Eifert in on only 54% of the snaps yesterday – especially after his big game last Monday night.

James Harrison

I liked the Harrison signing if for no other reason than giving the defense an attitude and some swagger, but that can’t happen if he is never in the game…and he essentially isn’t. On Sunday, Harrison played just 5 of the 81 snaps (6%) and when he is in, they are dropping him into coverage instead of rushing the passer. I just don’t see what purpose Harrison serves if he isn’t going to play, and when he does play, they have him cover instead of rush? Can you believe you would ever hear me sticking up for James Harrison? What has this world come to?