|Last 3 Games||2-1||+0.8||2-1||1-2||26.0||15.7||386.0||(6.3)||2.3||19.3||8.0||290.7||(4.8)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||25.0||14.8||20.2||31:04||27-104||(3.9)||22-34||65.9%||267||(7.9)||61-371||(6.1)||(14.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.6||11.7||22.4||32:04||29-114||(4)||24-39||60.7%||283||(7.2)||68-397||(5.8)||(16.1)|
|Offense Road Games||26.0||17.0||20.7||30:25||30-120||(4)||21-32||64.6%||274||(8.6)||62-394||(6.4)||(15.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.8||10.2||22.0||28:56||27-120||(4.5)||22-33||67.5%||228||(7)||59-348||(5.9)||(13.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.5||9.8||19||29:44||26-119||(4.5)||20-34||59.3%||229||(6.7)||60-348||(5.8)||(16.2)|
|Defense Road Games||28.3||11.3||24.7||29:35||25-135||(5.4)||22-33||67.0%||206||(6.2)||58-341||(5.8)||(12)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||0.8||2.0||-0.8||12-3||24.6%||1-1||71.4%||2-56||(23.2)||3-38||(13.6)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.2||0.7||1.8||2.4||14-5||36.6%||1-1||77.8%||3-59||(22.7)||29-3||(10.1)||8-67|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0||-1.0||12-3||25.7%||2-1||60.0%||2-42||(21.2)||3-25||(8.4)||6-57|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.2||1.0||1.2|| ||12-4||31.7%||1-0||33.3%||3-91||(26.6)||1-9||(6.1)||5-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.2||0.6||1.8|| ||13-4||31.7%||1-0||42.1%||3-78||(25.4)||25-2||(10.3)||7-62|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.3||0.7||1.0|| ||11-3||25.0%||1-0||50.0%||3-86||(25.8)||1-6||(6.3)||5-49|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3||1-2||1-2||19.0||10.3||324.0||(5.4)||2.3||29.3||16.7||428.0||(6)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||20.0||8.8||17.0||25:57||19-78||(4.1)||22-40||55.4%||246||(6.1)||59-324||(5.5)||(16.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.2||10.7||21.2||30:52||28-124||(4.4)||21-34||61.5%||247||(7.3)||62-371||(6)||(15.4)|
|Offense Home Games||15.0||5.0||14.5||25:33||17-66||(3.8)||19-39||50.0%||159||(4.1)||56-225||(4)||(15)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.8||15.4||23.6||34:03||30-142||(4.7)||26-41||62.4%||281||(6.8)||71-423||(6)||(15.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.2||11.3||20.8||30:08||27-124||(4.6)||22-36||61.8%||263||(7.4)||63-387||(6.2)||(16)|
|Defense Home Games||20.5||12.0||22.0||34:27||32-144||(4.5)||25-45||56.0%||256||(5.6)||77-400||(5.2)||(19.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.8||0.6||2.4||-0.4||13-4||27.3%||1-0||66.7%||4-123||(29.3)||3-39||(15.1)||7-70|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.8||1.8||2.2||13-4||35.8%||1-0||44.4%||3-83||(25.9)||24-2||(10.5)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||3.0||0.0||3.0||0.0||12-2||20.8%||0-0||0.0%||3-91||(26.1)||4-60||(13.4)||4-46|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.4||0.6||2.0|| ||14-5||38.0%||1-0||66.7%||3-67||(21)||2-31||(19.6)||8-73|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.2||0.8||2|| ||12-4||36.0%||1-1||66.7%||3-67||(23.4)||24-2||(13)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||2.0||1.0||3.0|| ||16-6||36.4%||0-0||100.0%||2-49||(24.5)||1-29||(19.7)||11-92|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CINCINNATI 17.6, CLEVELAND 21.8|
|10/14/2012||@ CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/21/2012||PITTSBURGH|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/4/2012||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/11/2012||NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/7/2012||@ NY GIANTS||27-41||L||7.5||L||43.5||O||19-84||22-35-291||3||34-243||25-37-259||2|
|10/14/2012||CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/21/2012||@ INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/28/2012||SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/4/2012||BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|CINCINNATI: The Bengals returned to a run-first offense in 2011, and that should continue with BenJarvus Green-Ellis stepping in for Cedric Benson. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden mixed in some more zone blocking principles and stretch plays last year, something that didn't fit with Benson at all. The Bengals have been looking to get Bernard Scott more involved, and this year they should be able to do it. Expect a 60/40 early-down split for Green-Ellis and Scott, with Brian Leonard keeping his third down role because of his ability as a pass protector. Green-Ellis figures to be the focal point of their red zone offense, just like Benson was a year ago. Gruden's offense is West Coast in terminology, but they pressure secondaries deep. A lot of their best plays were jump balls to A.J. Green. Either rookies Mohamed Sanu or Marvin Jones, or Jordan Shipley could slide in opposite Green on the outside, and Gruden will have to tweak the offense since none of them are deep threats. They use a lot of three-WR sets, so there should be ample playing time for two of those secondary targets. TE Jermaine Gresham is the No. 2 target for Dalton, and this offense creates room for him over the middle. The backs are more for pass protection than receiving skills. Gruden gets a little more pass-happy in the red zone, but not absurdly so. When they do throw, Green is overwhelmingly the most popular target. The Bengals defense showed an ability to get to the quarterback in 2011, with 14 players contributing at least one sack to a total that placed fifth in the NFL. Rookie CB Dre' Kirkpatrick will help out the defense with his coverage skills, but this unit doesn't make enough big plays to provide the offense with a lot of short fields. The one guy in the secondary who is capable of making a big play is Reggie Nelson, a rangy centerfielder at free safety with solid ball skills. |
|CLEVELAND: In a perfect world, head coach Pat Shurmur would make this offense much more pass-heavy, but rookie Trent Richardson is his best offensive player by a wide margin. They'll continue to pound the ball between the tackles on early downs, and Richardson can stay on the field for three downs. There's not a lot of creativity with this running scheme, some man blocking and inside zone runs. If Montario Hardesty is able to keep his roster spot this season, he will likely spell Richardson on early downs when necessary. Veteran Brandon Jackson will probably split third down reps with Richardson. The red zone reps will be Richardson's, as everything Cleveland does in the red zone is based on the run. Like Shurmur, new offensive coordinator Brad Childress comes from the Andy Reid coaching tree, so there will be no big changes. With Brandon Weeden starting, this will continue to be a classic West Coast attack, so Greg Little will continue to see the majority of passes. TE Benjamin Watson is the default No. 2 over the middle of the field, while Mohamed Massaquoi's lack of separation skills relegate him to being an infrequent target. They also find uses for No. 2 TE Evan Moore, who can stretch the middle of the field. They'll run some screens for Richardson. In the red zone, they rarely look outside the hash marks when they throw, instead trying to isolate Moore one-on-one or looking for Josh Cribbs to win a battle over the middle. Cleveland actually allowed the fifth-fewest points in the league and finished 10th in total defense last year, but the Browns don't make enough big plays necessary to compensate for what's been a weak offense. Manning the middle after Cleveland's switch to a 4-3 defense was D'Qwell Jackson, whose 116 solo tackles were the most anyone in the NFL has had since 2007. The best player on this unit is DE Jabaal Sheard, who dominated as a rookie, playing every down and piling up six sacks in his final seven games. He may see more double teams now, but he'll continue to be a force who's always on the field. Many figured Ahtyba Rubin's gaudy tackle totals would drop last year when Cleveland switched to a 3-4 defense, but he remained a run-stuffing monster and also started flashing some pass-rushing ability in 2011. Free-agent signee Frostee Rucker is not a great pass rusher, but when he gets his hands on a ball carrier, he tends to finish the job. T.J. Ward's disappointing 2011 was cut short by a serious foot sprain, but he's still one of the more promising young downhill safeties in the NFL. Shutdown cornerback Joe Haden battled a knee injury for parts of last season and should also be better in 2012. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Bengals-Browns Preview* ========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
The Cincinnati Bengals' offense took a step back last week. Even with standout cornerback Joe Haden returning for the Cleveland Browns, the Bengals have to like their chances of getting back on track Sunday.
Cincinnati goes for the season sweep and a fifth consecutive victory over the host Browns, who will try to avoid a franchise-record 12th straight defeat.
After averaging 33.0 points and 411.7 yards during a three-game winning streak, the Bengals (3-2) had a season-low 298 yards and three turnovers in last Sunday's 17-13 home loss to Miami.
"The offense didn't play well across the board," said Andy Dalton, who threw for 234 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. "It's tough sitting here where we are. We had our chances, but we couldn't get it done."
Dalton was 24 of 31 for 318 yards with three TDs in a 34-27 win over Cleveland in Week 2, but Haden wasn't on the field.
He'll start Sunday for the Browns (0-5) after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Haden admitted Monday that he tested positive for the stimulant Adderall.
The 2010 first-round pick couldn't be more excited to return to face Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green, who had 58 receiving yards and a TD last month when Cleveland played its first game without Haden.
"Perfect timing," he said. "At least when I come back, I can try to make a statement going against somebody in the division like him. I feel like once I come back and just do my thing, then I'll just be back."
Haden looks to help keep the Bengals struggling on third down. They are 4 for 25 in those situations over the last two games and converting 24.6 percent on third down this season, second-worst in the league.
"There were a couple second-and-2s and third-and-2s that we've got to convert to first downs," coach Marvin Lewis said after last week's loss. "That will keep us moving the football down the field a little better."
With running back Bernard Scott out for the season after injuring his left knee last week, Cincinnati will lean more on BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Brian Leonard and Cedric Peerman in short-yardage situations.
"It's unfortunate for (Scott), but we'll have to move on," offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said.
"I can just call the game the way it is and hopefully Cedric and Brian Leonard, with some more opportunities, will give us some different looks and BenJarvus the rest on the sideline when he needs it."
Green-Ellis ran for a season-low 14 yards against Miami and is averaging 3.3 per carry, third-worst among running backs with at least 60 attempts.
He rushed for 75 yards against the Browns, who are surrendering 4.7 per carry after giving up 243 on the ground in last Sunday's 41-27 loss to the New York Giants. Cleveland blew an early 14-point lead, allowing a season-high 502 yards while committing three turnovers and 10 penalties.
Off to their worst start since opening 0-7 in 1999, the Browns are winless since a 14-10 victory over Jacksonville on Nov. 20. Cleveland ended its last 11-game skid with a home win over Cincinnati, 35-23 on Nov. 23, 1975.
If the Browns are going to break into the win column Sunday, they may need big performances from rookies Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson. Weeden, who threw for a season-best 322 yards and two TDs last month at Cincinnati, is tied for the most INTs in the NFL with nine but has shown better poise in the pocket.
"I think he made progress (last Sunday)," coach Pat Shurmur told the Browns' official website. ".... There was some general efficiency there and there were a couple bad plays that he'd love to have back. How he responds to all that, that's this week's challenge as we get ready to play the Bengals."
Richardson has rushed for 303 yards and had his only 100-yard game against the Bengals, but Cincinnati has held its last two opponents to a combined 137 on the ground.
The former Alabama star also leads Cleveland in receiving yards (169) and could be used even more in the passing game if wideouts Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin are out again with hamstring injuries.
The Browns also could be without linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (concussion) and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (leg).
Cincinnati has won five of seven in Cleveland, including a 27-17 victory Sept. 11, 2011, that spoiled Shurmur's debut as Browns coach.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 7:03:42 PM EST|