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Week 4: Offense And Defense Collapse In Loss
Refs made mistakes but not the reason for loss.
by Steve Saslow

Here are our position by position grades:


Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled for most of the afternoon. He was inaccurate a lot of the day and threw under pressure more than in the past three weeks. He had a QB rating of just 75.5 and was 20 of 34 for 199 yards.
Grade D: Didn't do the job.

Running Backs:

Fred Jackson ran with conviction and had 66 yards on just 17 carries and led the way with five catches for 32 more yards.
C.J. Spiller had a nice run to convert a 3rd and 2 play for a first time and just one other carry.
Grade C: Need to get the ball in Freddie's hands more often.


Stevie Johnson had four catches for 58 yards including a big 44 yard catch and run to setup the only offensive touchdown of the game for the Bills. He didn't catch a third down pass cleanly late in the game and it was ruled incomplete.
Donald Jones couldn't come up with deep pass that went off his hands. It was a bit underthrown and there was a lot of contact. He caught three balls for just 21 yards.
David Nelson was called for a pass interference penalty on a screen pass to Jackson. He had only two catches for 18 yards.
Brad Smith couldn't haul in a jump ball pass but did catch two passes for 25 yards including a big 17 yarder to convert a third down pass.
Scott Chandler had two catches for eight yards.
Naaman Roosevelt had a 28 yard reception when a pass was deflected into his hands and he made a nice run after the catch.
Grade D: Not their day after two fantastic weeks.

Offensive Line:

Demetrius Bell left the game with a shoulder injury.
Chris Hairston got some playing time late in the game and did well.
Grade C: Allowed a lot of pressure but just one sack and opened up some holes in the running game.

Defensive Line:

Kyle Williams was called for two neutral zone infractions. He handled a double team to get Dareus a sack. Got good pressure on one play.
Marcell Dareus got his first career sack and did a good job in pursuit on one Dalton scramble. He had four tackles, one for loss. He was the most disruptive he's been so far.
Dwan Edwards made a nice open field tackle for a three yard loss on a fourth quarter run. He had eight tackles.
Spencer Johnson had one tackle but good penetration.
Torell Troup made his season debut and had two tackles.
Grade D: Allowed huge holes for the ground game to gain 171 yards.


Shawne Merriman had a sack when he ran Dalton out of bounds but did little else. He had three tackles, one for loss.
Chris Kelsay looked like he had a sack and forced fumble but the tuck rule turned it into an incompletion. Nice pressure though.
Andra Davis was in on three tackle as he played more than last week.
Nick Barnett was a tackling machine again as he had 10 of them.
Grade D: Didn't do a good enough job controlling the middle of the field.


Leodis McKelvin was beaten deep twice by A.J. Green. First a 58 yarder in the 2nd quarter and then a 40 yarder on the opening FG possession of the third quarter.
Drayton Florence had three tackles and played with a lot of emotion. Did a nice job in pass coverage.
Jairus Byrd had a very quiet seven tackles.
George Wilson had a nice interception as the Bengals were driving for a possible score before halftime. He was then beaten for the Bengals first TD by Gresham. He led the way with 12 tackles.
Bryan Scott scored his first career touchdown twice. He had an apparent fumble return for score overturned by review. He then picked up a bobbled pass and ran it back for a score.
Grade C-: Allowed the rookie QB to carve them up for 298 yards but did get two more interceptions.

Special Teams:

Brian Moorman punted eight times for an average of 51.6 yards per punt and a net of 40.5. He did a nice job on Lindell's second FG getting a poor snap down.
Rian Lindell hit both field goals and both extra points. Nailing kicks from 43 and 23 yards out.
Brad Smith had one kickoff return for 23 yards.
Drayton Florence was called for a holding penalty on a punt that went out of bounds.
Coverage Units Rookie draft picks Danny Batten and Justin Rogers made nice open field tackles on the first two punt returns.
Grade B+: They held up their end of the bargain.


Chan Gailey didn't make the right halftime adjustments to hold on to the league. The team didn't keep playing after halftime.
George Edwards needs to make changes fast. The defense was awful for most of the second half and caved in the fourth quarter.
Bruce DeHaven his unit continues to play well.
Grade F: Can't blow leads to opponents that are not supposed to be as good as you.

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