Cincinnati Bengals Stock Watch: Which Players Are Rising and Falling Post Week 3

Matt Gray@mattkgrayContributor ISeptember 24, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23:   Jermaine Gresham #84 celebrates with  Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals after scoring a touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Andy Dalton #14 in the second half against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 23, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Bengals put together a stellar performance in Washington on Sunday, ousting Robert Griffin III and the Redskins 38-31.

While the Bengals' stock as a whole is undoubtedly on the rise, they are not without their flaws.

Let's take a look at who is climbing the ladder and who is falling fast.

Andy Dalton: Stock Up

Andy Dalton had a career game on Sunday, completing 19-of-27 pass attempts for a total of 373 yards, three TD's and an interception. He also posted a career-high passer rating of 132.9.

Dalton was ice-cold under pressure on Sunday and looks to have learned from his time spent in the dirt last week. 

His passes were thrown with precision and he spread the ball around his many receivers with ease.

It was certainly confidence inspiring and with a visit to Jacksonville next weekend, he will be hoping to keep the momentum going.


Receivers: Stock Up 

A.J. Green delighted fantasy owners on Sunday with his first big game of the year. He clocked 183 yards and one TD, dominating DeAngelo Hall all afternoon.

Mo Sanu's wildcat heroics on the game's opening play firmly established a role for the rookie in the already stacked offense.

Andrew Hawkins and Armon Binns also had their moments, both grabbing a TD before game's end.

Tight-end Jermaine Gresham finally got on the board, bulldozing his way through the Redskins' secondary to get in for a TD of his own. 

The Bengals have a bank vault full of weapons in the receiving game, and for the first time on Sunday, they all clicked into place.


Terence Newman: Stock Down

Newman played every defensive snap on Sunday, and yet his contribution will be remembered for one single play.

In the game's final moments, Newman made a bone-headed play, lowering his helmet and bull-rushing into RGIII. Not only was the hit dangerously close to being helmet-to-helmet, but Grifffin had already stepped out-of-bounds.

The Bengals were slapped with a 15-yard penalty, giving Washington prime field position and an opportunity to tie the game up.

Fortunately for Newman, they couldn't get the job done. 

It was yet another blow for the veteran defensive back, who continues to be his own worst enemy, undoing a handful of good plays with some really foolish ones.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Stock Down

After 590 touches the man with the safest hands in football finally coughed it up.

As I noted on Sunday, it was always likely to happen with the dramatically increased role he has been given in Cincinnati.

However, the fumble wasn't the only low for Green-Ellis, who despite picking up a TD sputtered to 38 yards for the day and an average of 2.2 YPC.

Green-Ellis was somewhat the victim of the flourishing Bengals passing game on Sunday, but the fact remains that he failed to make the most of the carries sent his way.


Pass-Rush: Stock Up

Robert Griffin III found himself sacked a total of six times on Sunday, thanks to a revitalised Bengals pass-rush.

The return of Carlos Dunlap gave the defensive line a physical and mental boost, as well as allowing for the defensive rotation to function as normal.

RGIII may have gotten the better of Michael Johnson on a number of occasions, but Johnson more than made up for it with three sacks, and six tackles that took a lot of pressure off of the secondary.

Big names Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap both grabbed a sack each, and gave us a glimpse of just how special a healthy Bengals defensive line could be.