Now that we have reviewed Week 1 from a few directions it is time to spin what we saw in Week 3 to Week 4. Here you will find some bullet points on both the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals first games and what they might mean going into their match-up in Week 4, the Match-up of Ohio. On to the Spinning Forward:
- The Browns offensive looked dramatically better in Week 3.
- The Bengals have one of the best lines in the game, but injury and possible suspension could limit their defensive backfield.
- The Bengals defeated the vaunted Green Bay Packers on a defensive touchdown.
- The offense played good enough but the defense was able to hold on crucial downs.
- The Browns held Adrian Peterson “down” with only 1 TD and less then 100 yards.
- The Bengals employ 2 rushers with different styles but the Browns have shut down Lamar Miller and Ray Rice prior to limiting Adrian Peterson. As long as they aren’t on the field the whole game expect more of the same in Week 4.
- The Bengals held Aaron Rogers to 1 TD and forced 2 INTs in Week 3.
- Rogers struggles don’t bode well for Brian Hoyer. The injury to Leon Hall and possible suspension of Adam Jones could help but Hoyer needs to be careful this week against a much, much stronger defense.
- 4 turnovers by the Bengals in Week 4 is a concerning sign.
- Green-Ellis, Dalton and Gresham all fumbled. All 3 are pretty careful with the ball so those are unexpected and probably not concerns moving forward.
- Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron were a dynamic 1-2 punch in Week 3.
- The Bengals have a solid linebacking core which, along with a safety, may give Cameron his toughest test yet. How the Bengals play Gordon could open up the underneath routes for Greg Little and Devone Bess. Playing speedster Travis Benjamin on the opposite side of the field and running both deep could be a way of spreading the field more.
- Last week the Ravens defense was torn up by Peyton Manning and the Broncos and seemed to be embarrassed.
- The only way Manning and Browns’ QB Brandon Weeden belonging in the same sentence is they both are currently starting QBs in the NFL. Weeden does not have the skill, football understanding or weapons to have similar results against the Ravens, especially after their opening performance…
- The Bengals had 4 sacks on the generally mobile Rogers last week.
- The Browns and Packers have something in common, a struggling line. Yet Hoyer is less mobile then Rogers, with far less experience decoding NFL blitzes. Expect the Bengals to come hard after Hoyer.
What did you see from either the Browns or Bengals from Week 3 that could be spun forward into their match-up?
(Including SI’s first 2014 Mock Draft and ESPNs Power Rankings)