Ravens-Bengals Week 5 Scouting Report: Grades and Key Matchups

Ravens-Bengals Week 5 Scouting Report: Grades and Key Matchups
The Scouting Report for Sunday night’s Ravens-Bengals game is produced by The 33rd Team’s Scouting Department, which is led by former Eagles, Cardinals and Ravens personnel executive T.J. McCreight and assisted by scouts Justin Casey, Kevin Cohn and Evan Pritt.   Joe Burrow vs. Lamar Jackson The Ravens’ offense is built around Lamar Jackson. It […]

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Dolphins-Bengals Week 4 Scouting Report: Grades and Key Matchups

Dolphins-Bengals Week 4 Scouting Report: Grades and Key Matchups
The Scouting Report for Thursday night’s Dolphins-Bengals game is produced by The 33rd Team’s Scouting Department, which is led by former Eagles, Cardinals and Ravens personnel executive T.J. McCreight and assisted by scouts Justin Casey, Kevin Cohn and Evan Pritt. Key Matchups CIN QB Joe Burrow vs. MIA QB Tua Tagovailoa This is a rematch […]

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Breakdowns

Cam’s Corner: Best Sacks of Week 3

The 33rd Team analyst and Saints’ pass rusher Cam Jordan breaks down his favorite sacks from Week 3, including a salute to Aaron Donald for joining the 100-sack club. Jordan also breaks down what went wrong in their loss to the Panthers.

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Marvin Lewis Reacts to Ranking of Bengals Defense

The Bengals’ defense took a gigantic step last year in its development. Players like D.J. Reader and Larry Ogunjobi both seem to have skillsets that compliment the outside guys. Hendrickson and Hubbard have a flexibility that allows for defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo to play around with.

The direction of this defense as a whole can point to that Super Bowl run as much as the offense. What Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase did was special last season, don’t discount the defensive effort though. 

The group that is especially fun to see grow this year is the linebacker. This Bengals defense is led by Logan Wilson and Germaine Pratt, that young duo is going to do wonders this year. Late in the Super Bowl, they became a talking point, this year they will for a different reason. The cornerback group has some work to do but they proved to be more than serviceable.

Don’t slouch on the special teams either. The combo of Evan McPherson and Kevin Huber is one of the best in the league.

Keep this in mind though, sometimes the NFL can figure out your offense and find ways to scheme against it. When you have a top defense then the entire league takes notice. This ranking for the Bengals’ defense is well deserved after the season they had. Heading into this year though, they need to maintain the momentum they are on. Part of that momentum will be making sure safety Jessie Bates II is playing to his full potential despite his contract situation. The defense can do that for them even when the offense can’t. 

This ranking for the Cincinnati Bengals defense is deserved. Both on the field and on paper this team has the talent to go out and get them a Super Bowl. Now comes the hard part which is the journey back to it.

Week 12 Social Recap

Week 12 Social Recap
Every week during the NFL season, the 33rd Team will present some of the most interesting Tweets that come across our timeline during Sunday’s action. Here’s the Week 12 rundown: New England has scored on 50% of drives and held opponents scoreless on 73% of drives this season. Both marks lead the NFL through Week […]

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How Have the Biggest Free Agent Signings of 2021 Impacted the NFL?

How Have the Biggest Free Agent Signings of 2021 Impacted the NFL?
When discussing team building, any General Manager, Head Coach, or personnel executive in the NFL would say that to build a sustainable winning team, you’ve got to prioritize the draft over any other mechanism to acquire players, including free agency, trades, and waiver claims.  Free agency for most teams is used to address specific needs […]

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Using Pressure-to-Sack Conversion Rates to Predict Sack Risers and Fallers

Using Pressure-to-Sack Conversion Rates to Predict Sack Risers and Fallers
As analytics rapidly get integrated into mainstream football analysis and thinking, it has become clear that defensive pressures are significantly better indicators of future defensive success than sacks. By using a defender’s pressure statistics to analyze how many sacks above or below average they produced, we can ascertain which players are prime to either improve […]

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