Game #7 at Cincinnati Bengals Review

Still in catch up mode but we’ll see how fast we can get there! Okay, this was another great Vick performance and some interesting things also happened on defense. When we got pressure on Palmer, the coverage was better, the passes weren’t as accurate and good things happened for the most part. I don’t there’s any doubt as to how big of a key getting pressure is to our defense.

Here’s what I saw:

Offense:

Running game: Dunn (20/57), Vick (9/55), Norwood (9/31). For the third consecutive game, Warrick Dunn was held in check. The overall yardage was good (although below our 200 yards per game standard) but the RB’s themselves did not have good days.

Breakdown of passes:

Vick: 20/28, 291 yards, 3 TD/0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions are: 6 bad throws, 1 throw away and 1 drops. The bad throws number was a little above the 20% mark but with everything else considered, it’s definitely easily overlooked.

Drops (1): Norwood 1 (1).

Sack responsibility (2): Two fourth quarter sacks, Vick held it too long on both.

Pass blocking: Very solid effort. Vick didn’t have tons and tons of time but had enough to be effective.

YTD Sacks (21):

Vick 12 (3 rushing attempts that went for negative yards)
Lehr 2.5
Forney 2
Beverly 1
Wayne Gandy 2.5
Justin Griffith 1.0
Warrick Dunn 1.0

Defense:

Run defense: For most of the game, very stout and a great effort overall. Johnson had a few good runs and there were several instances of us missing tackles that contributed to unnecessary gains but otherwise very good. Pretty much the same story from the previous game.

Pass Defense: Seems to be at least decent when there is consistent pressure. Without it, it’s just way too soft and not very effective.

2 sacks: Crocker had 1 on a blitz and Kerney had the other including stripping the ball for a fumble and was recovered by Boley to effectively end the game.

Special Teams:

Rossum had 4 kickoff returns for 9, 23, 16 and 24 yards along with a fumble that we recovered. McCrary had 1 for 7 yards. Not a very good day on kickoff returns.

Rossum had 4 punt returns for 2, -2, 0, and -3. Not a good day at all.

Koenen had 3 punts. 1 was 65 yards for a touchback (60 would have been great), a 51 yarder with only 7 return yards, and a 50 yarder with 7 return yards inside the 20. An outstanding job of punting.

Kickoffs: Koenen had 7 kickoffs: 3 went for touchbacks, and the other 4 no further than the 30 yard line. Coverage team could have been better but very good job of kicking.

Field Goals: Andersen made 3 of 3 attempts.

Special Teams leading tackler: Boley and Lowe had 1 each.

Things that really need improvement:

1. Consistency from the WR’s. IF they continue like the Pitt game and this one, we’ll be fine offensively.
2. Find ways to get pressure on the QB.
3. Stop long yardage 1st down conversions. When faced with 2nd and 22, the other team should rarely get a 1st down out of it.

Offensive MVP: Michael Vick
Defensive MVP: Keith Brooking (9 combined tackles, 1 QB hurry)
Special Teams MVP: Morten Andersen

Goat of the Week: Allen Rossum (Horrible returns and a fumble)
Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:

Next up: at Detroit, November 5!