Tre'Davious White had a unique game against the Bengals.
Early on, he allowed a 77-yard touchdown to A.J. Green. Near the end of the third quarter, the rookie surrendered a 47-yard gain to the former All-Pro wideout.
The 129.5 passer rating White allowed was the highest rating he's given up in a single game all season.
Beyond those two plays, Buffalo's 2017 first-rounder had an excellent performance in Cincinnati. He defended two passes, the third-most in Week Five among 86 qualifying cornerbacks. On the day, wideouts caught three of seven targets in his coverage area. That 42.9 percent catch rate was 22nd-lowest among those 86 qualifying corners.
White made three tackles and didn't miss any tackles against the Bengals.
On the season, he still leads all cornerbacks with eight pass breakups (by Pro Football Focus' figures), and is allowing a passer rating of 77.0 on 33 targets.
The catch rate he's allowing is 48.5 percent, the 17th-lowest out of 109 qualifying cornerbacks. Currently, White is PFF's fifth-highest graded cornerback.
While it may seem overly simple, I think this is a prime example of the simplest explanation being the best explanation – White, a first-year corner, lost two battles to a premier veteran wideout against the Bengals and otherwise played similarly to how he'd performed in his first four games in the NFL.
He'll draw Mike Evans, PFF's No. 19 wideout going into Week Six, after the bye week.