Bates registered 11 total tackles, one pass deflection and one interception during Sunday's 31-20 win against Tennessee. Bates delivered a crucial takeaway in the early going, intercepting a Ryan Tannehill pass in the Bengals' end zone to snuff out a would-be scoring drive at the 5:16 mark of the first quarter. The 23-year-old safety was also Cincinnati's most involved tackler on the afternoon, notching five more in the tackle column than any other player on the defense. Bates may be on a collision course with his first Pro-Bowl nod, as he's already tied his career high with nine pass deflections after logging back-to-back 100-tackle years in 2018 and 2019.
Bates posted 10 tackles and two pass breakups in Sunday's 33-25 win over the Jaguars. Bates hit double-digit tackles for the second time in three weeks, and he's piled up five pass breakups through four games. The 23-year-old safety is averaging eight tackles per game and is on track for a third straight 100-tackle campaign. With an every-down role locked in, Bates should be deployed accordingly in IDP formats.
Bates accumulated 100 tackles (71 solo), nine defended passes, three interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery across 16 regular-season contests in 2019. Bates has reached 100 total tackles in each of his two NFL seasons, solidifying his value as a solid IDP asset. The 22-year-old will reprise a starting role in Cincinnati's secondary when the 2020 season kicks off.
Bates made four solo tackles in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Patriots. Bates is closing in on his second straight 100-tackle season, as he sits at 95 stops through 14 games. The 23-year-old has also notched a career-high eight pass breakups this season, rounding out as a solid IDP asset.
Bates recorded his third interception of the season to go along with two tackles (one solo) in Sunday's loss to the Browns. Bates was one of three Bengals to be on the field for all 56 defensive snaps. He now has three interceptions in the previous five weeks and will look to carry that momentum into Week 15 when the team welcomes the Patriots to town.