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Rumblings Bills grades: Week 11

See how each Bills player performed against the Bengals on Sunday.

Below are grades for every Buffalo Bills player on every play in the team’s Week 11 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Efficiency Score, which debuted during the bye week, can be found on the furthest right column.

(For a quick primer on this project, this is from the introduction article. Here's a link to the entire thing.

"As I re-watch each game, I’ll be assigning number grades to each Bills player on every play this year, so keep in mind... the grades themselves will be inherently subjective. However, they should provide a relatively good idea of which players are struggling and excelling on the field. This system is not precisely how Pro Football Focus grades — they have multiple graders for each game and use a different numbering system — but it’s similar. Below you’ll find that grades were assigned in 0.2-point intervals on a scale from -1.0 to +1.0 on each play for each player."


Offense vs. Bengals

Player Overall Run-Block Pass-Block Pass Run Receiving Penalty Snaps (65 = 100%)
Tyrod Taylor 1.4 0.2 1 0.2 65
LeSean McCoy 1 0.8 0.2 20
Richie Incognito 2.6 1.2 1.4 65
John Miller 1.6 1 0.4 0.2 65
Jordan Mills 1.6 1.2 0.4 35
Cordy Glenn 1.6 0.6 0.8 0.2 65
Robert Woods 0.8 0.2 0.6 10
Charles Clay 0.8 0.4 0.2 0.2 60
Jerome Felton 0.6 0.4 0.2 17
Nick O'Leary 0.8 0.8 14
Mike Gillislee 2.4 0.4 2 29
Justin Hunter 0 21
Reggie Bush 0.4 0.4 13
Jonathan Williams 0.2 0.2 11
Ryan Groy 0.4 0.4 0 65
Percy Harvin 0.6 0.4 0.2 46
Marquise Goodwin -0.2 0.2 -0.4 54
Seantrel Henderson -0.2 0.2 -0.6 0.2 34
Brandon Tate 0 0 26

Observations:

Tyrod Taylor - Not the best game for Taylor, but it was hardly a poor performance, especially considering he lost Robert Woods in the first quarter, and LeSean McCoy didn't play the entire second half. He ran into pressure or left the pocket prematurely a few times yet had a handful of dazzling runs, as usual. For perspective on his +0.2 pass grade, he had a +0.4 pass grade against the Cardinals in Week 3.

Mike Gillislee -- Outstanding individual performance. Seriously. His +2.0 run grade is in McCoy territory. Though Shady makes defenders miss with insane lateral agility and quickness, Gillislee is surprisingly strong through tackles and wins with impressive speed. He ran out of a bunch of tackles and was extremely decisive against the Bengals.

Richie Incognito - Has rounded into form. He was dominant against Cincinnati's formidable interior defensive line. Incognito has had overall grades of +2.4, +3.4, and +2.6 in his last three outings.

Jordan Mills -- Nice bound back, although he split time with Seantrel Henderson. Mills must have been overjoyed not having to face Cameron Wake or Cliff Avril.

Ryan Groy -- Admirable performance for Eric Wood's replacement. He wasn't a road-grader in the run game but wasn't overwhelmed and didn't surrender much pressure on Taylor.

Offense Through Week 11

Player Overall Run-Block Pass-Block Pass Run Receiving Penalty Snaps (661 = 100%) Efficiency Score
Tyrod Taylor 14.4 5.2 7.4 0 1.8 637 2.260596546
LeSean McCoy 18.4 -0.4 1 15.4 1.8 0.6 450 4.088888889
Glenn Gronkowski -1 -0.8 0 0 0 -0.2 8 -12.5
Cordy Glenn 18 5.2 13 -0.2 509 3.536345776
Richie Incognito 15 10.2 4.6 0.2 656 2.286585366
Eric Wood 3.6 6.8 -3.4 0.2 659 0.5462822458
John Miller 22.6 12 10 0.6 661 3.419062027
Jordan Mills 2.4 4 -1.2 -0.4 630 0.380952381
Cyrus Kouandjio 4.8 0.8 3.8 0.2 145 3.310344828
Ryan Groy 1.2 0.8 0.2 0.2 139 0.8633093525
Sammy Watkins 1 0.4 -0.2 0 0.8 0 82 1.219512195
Robert Woods 7.8 3.4 0.4 0.6 3.8 -0.4 488 1.598360656
Marquise Goodwin 1 0.8 0 0 0.2 0 326 0.3067484663
Greg Salas 1 0.2 0.2 0.6 0 36 2.777777778
Charles Clay 9.6 7 1.2 1 0.4 568 1.690140845
Jim Dray 1.2 0.8 0.4 0 0 30 4
Reggie Bush -0.2 0 0.4 -1 0.4 0 76 -0.2631578947
Jerome Felton 7.6 5.6 1 0.8 0.2 0 166 4.578313253
Nick O'Leary 5.8 3.8 1 0 1.6 -0.6 196 2.959183673
Walt Powell 4 1.8 0.2 0 2.4 -0.4 276 1.449275362
Mike Gillislee 9 0 2.4 5.4 0.4 0.8 184 4.891304348
EJ Manuel 0.2 0 0.2 0 25 0.8
Jonathan Williams 0.8 0.6 0.2 53 1.509433962
Brandon Tate -0.6 -0.2 0.2 -0.6 0 82 -0.7317073171
Michael Ola -0.2 -0.2 11 -1.818181818
Justin Hunter 0.2 0.2 0 0 221 0.09049773756
Gerald Christian 0 0 0 7 0
Percy Harvin 0.8 0.6 0.2 67 1.194029851
Seantrel Henderson -0.2 0.2 -0.6 0.2 34 -0.5882352941

Top 3 Efficiency Scores

Mike Gillislee - 4.89

Jerome Felton - 4.57

LeSean McCoy - 4.08

Defense vs. Bengals

Player Overall Run Stop Pass Rush Coverage Penalty Snaps (73 = 100%)
Jerry Hughes 0.4 -0.2 0.4 0.2 61
Kyle Williams 3 2.2 0.8 61
Jerel Worthy 0.8 0.8 0 10
Leger Douzable 0.6 0.6 14
Adolphus Washington 0 0 20
Preston Brown 0.8 0.6 -0.2 0.4 71
Zach Brown 1 0.4 0.6 70
Marcell Dareus 1.6 1 0.4 0.2 49
Lerentee McCray -0.2 -0.2 7
Lorenzo Alexander 0.2 0.2 -0.2 0.2 71
Stephon Gilmore 0.6 0.2 0.4 71
Nickell Robey-Coleman 0.2 0.2 0 15
Kevon Seymour 0 -0.2 0.2 40
Corey Graham 1.4 0.2 1.2 73
Robert Blanton 0 48
Ronald Darby 0.2 0.2 68
Shaq Lawson 0 0.4 -0.4 21
Jonathan Meeks 0 8
Corey White 0.2 0.2 4
James Ihedigbo 0 18
Ramon Humber 0.2 0.2 2

Observations:

Kyle Williams -- As Jeff Hunter mentioned in his awards article, Williams was the most valuable player for Buffalo on Sunday. He was ridiculously quick, powerful, etc. etc. You know the drill with Kyle. He brings it every week.

Marcell Dareus -- Although there weren't a bunch of splash plays from Dareus, he made his presence felt during his 49 snaps. His hand usage and movement skills are unreal.

Jerel Worthy -- Same type of outing I've come to expect from Worthy every game. Minimal playing time, big production, particularly in the run game. He remains the defender with the highest Efficiency Score, at +5.14.

Stephon Gilmore -- After the firestorm of criticism he received over the past month, Gilmore responded with a solid outing. His +0.6 overall grade was the highest he's registered since the first meeting with the Patriots this year.

Corey Graham -- Graham has been a rock in the Bills' secondary all season and had a stellar game against the Bengals, which is reflected in his +1.2 coverage grade. He also held his own in the run game as a box safety.

Defense Through Week 11

Player Overall Run Stop Pass Rush Coverage Penalty Snaps (668 = 100%) Efficiency Score
Jerry Hughes 13.6 4.8 2.8 2.6 3.4 594 2.28956229
Jerel Worthy 5.4 4 1.2 0 0.2 105 5.142857143
Kyle Williams 17 14 1.4 -0.2 1.8 535 3.177570093
Leger Douzable 0.2 0.6 -0.6 0.2 0 269 0.07434944238
Corbin Bryant 3.2 2 0.2 0.2 0.8 224 1.428571429
Adolphus Washington 5 3.2 1.2 0 0.6 223 2.242152466
Preston Brown 7.6 3.2 2.2 1.6 0.6 663 1.146304676
Zach Brown 13.2 7.8 1.4 3.2 0.8 525 2.514285714
Brandon Spikes 0 0.6 -0.4 -0.4 0.2 98 0
Marcell Dareus 4.4 2.6 1.2 0.2 0.4 90 4.888888889
Ramon Humber 0.4 0.2 0.2 0 0 20 2
Lerentee McCray 0.4 2 -2.8 0.2 1 159 0.251572327
Lorenzo Alexander 4.4 2.6 0.2 1 0.6 460 0.9565217391
Stephon Gilmore 0.6 -0.6 0 2 -0.8 653 0.09188361409
Ronald Darby 5 0.6 0 4 0.4 548 0.9124087591
Nickell Robey-Coleman 2.4 0.2 -0.2 1.8 0.6 365 0.6575342466
Kevon Seymour 0.2 0 0 0.2 0 117 0.1709401709
Corey White 0.6 0.2 -0.2 0.4 0.2 119 0.5042016807
Aaron Williams 2.4 0.6 -0.4 2 0.2 338 0.7100591716
Corey Graham 5.6 1.2 0 4.2 0.2 657 0.8523592085
Duke Williams -1.8 -0.2 0 -1.6 0 91 -1.978021978
Robert Blanton 1 0.4 0 0.4 0.2 269 0.3717472119
Jonathan Meeks -1.6 -0.6 0 -1 0 53 -3.018867925
Shaq Lawson 1.4 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.2 85 1.647058824
James Ihedigbo 0 0 0 0 0 18 0

Top 3 Efficiency Scores

Jerel Worthy - 5.14

Marcell Dareus - 4.88

Kyle Williams  - 3.17