Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) intercepts a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) during the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Dre Kirkpatrick – Last week I said he was becoming awfully close to being labeled a “bust,’ and while he had a few bad plays Sunday, he also had some big ones. 9 tackles, 3 passes defensed, 2 INTs and the game sealing pick 6. He could still be a bust, but he played very well in a big game on Sunday.
Chris Crocker – After the 2011 playoff loss, I never wanted to see Chris Crocker again. But, where would the Bengals be the last two years without Crocker’s contributions?
Crocker’s versatility and veteran savviness has allowed this defense to absorb the losses of Mays, Hall and Newman and still play at such a high level. Against the Ravens, Crocker added another sack and another INT to a solid (even if abbreviated) 2013 campaign.
BJGE – For the most part, BJGE has had a 2013 to forget, but on Sunday, he was solid. 11 carries for 66 yards (6.0 YPC) against a tough Ravens defense, including a tough 11 yard run that saw BJGE carry Ravens defenders to the 1 yard line.
He should have been rewarded with an opportunity to finish the drive with a 1 yard TD run (but apparently Gruden and Dalton thought otherwise).