September 2, 2014

Tale of the tape – Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns

Ahh Cleveland, nothing can be a better medicine for a struggling offense than a trip to the mistake on the lake.  Hopefully the tide is turned and Carson Palmer puts out the kind of performance that makes fans that are questioning him (including this site) breath a sigh of relief.

Quarterback

Carson Palmer Vs. Jake Delhomme

Last season one of these quarterbacks managed an offense that focused on running the ball, the other threw for 8 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The current version of Carson Palmer is still a better QB than Jake Delhomme.  This may turn into the battle of interceptions if Palmer continues to play the way he has been and I fully expect Jake to throw the ball to Leon Hall at least twice. Maybe Debbie Voit makes the trip to Cleveland for the game.

Edge: Bengals


Wide Receivers

The Browns have some talent at the wide out position, the problem is these guys do not have a decent qb to get them the ball. Mohamed Massaquoi is the Browns number 1 and only totaled 624yads last season. Brian Robiskie, Joshua Cribbs and Chansi Stuckey round out this position for the Browns. Cribbs is explosive in the return game and he’s a highlight reel waiting to happen. It just isn’t enough to carry an NFL team week in and week out.

Up against Ochocinco, Owens, Caldwell and Shipley, there is no match. Add in Gresham and the Bengals pass catchers are far and away better then what the Browns can field.

Edge: Bengals


Running Backs

Peyton Hillis looked all world running against the Ravens line last week.  With his history you can expect to not have him factor much more in the regular season.  He has built a career of a good performance every now and then with no follow up.

Cedric Benson on the other hand is a true work horse who can be leaned upon in the running game week in and week out. If the Bengals do manage to throw the ball more this week, I hope that Ced doesn’t voice his concern to the media about not being a running team. Again.

Edge: Bengals


O-Line

The Cleveland Browns may have one of the best offensive lines in football. However, due to the lack of weapons pretty much everywhere else on the team, the line gets very little credit. As a Bengals fan I would welcome a guy like Joe Thomas in a second. no doubt this position favors the Browns.

Edge: Browns


Defense

The Cleveland Browns best defensive player currently is on their injured reserve. Linebacker D’quell Jackson is an incredible force at the LB position and I for one am happy the Bengals don’t have to face him this year.  The Bengals LB crew led by Dhani Jones is a strong unit that closes on the opposing rb quickly and can be counted on for solid play.  The strength of the Bengals defense is the secondary which rivals the best units in the league.

Edge: Bengals

Special Teams

The Nuge, Mike Nugent has single handedly squashed the Bengals fans fears of the kicking game.  Deep kick offs followed up with accurate field goals make this aspect of the game a strength for the Bengals and we haven’t been able to say that in a long time. The Browns have the ancient Phil Dawson who is 1 for 3 on field goals for the year.

Edge: Bengals

Duel of the uglies

Tank Johnson Vs. Dave Zastudil

Tank may not be as bad looking in person as he is in his team picture, but no matter what we can throw out there we fail to rival the true ugliness of Dave Zastudil.

Prediction

The Bengals take this game to make it 9 straight in the AFC North. 34 – 13