Browns Stifle the Bengals: Positional Report Card

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Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Browns surprised many with their defeat of the Bengals. We give out our report card for positional groupings. Will also have a follow up with our friends at RiverFrontBall, getting their feedback after the game.


Brian Hoyer – Hoyer threw for 269 yards and 2 TDs in this huge state and division game. Hoyer started out strong and finished strong. The offense struggled in the middle of the game. Pressure got to him a few times and poor timing between he and the receivers stalled the offense. Grade: B

Andy Dalton – Dalton only threw for 206 yards on 42 attempts and 1 interception. Dalton struggled most of the game, with pressure early and coverage late. Bengals fans have had concerns about Dalton and may have been proven here. He struggled with the deep ball and threw many check down throws. He did limit the turnovers, his one interception was off of a pass break up, but did not do enough to get his talented offensive weapons in position to succeed. Grade: D

Running Backs

Cincinnati Bengals – BenJarvis Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard combined to 50 total yards on only 16 carries. BJGE only had 6 carries for 2.2 yards per carry. Bernard was slightly more dynamic with 10 carries for 37 yards and 6 receptions for 38 yards. The Bengals aren’t the first team to be held down by the Browns defense. Grade: C-

Cleveland Browns – The Browns running backs, Chris Ogbonnaya, Bobby Rainey and Willis McGahee, combined for 26 carries for 82 yards. The 26 carries is an increase over past weeks and showed a commitment to the run and decent YPC that the Browns were able to muster. McGahee carried it well on the Browns last scoring drive; 6 carries for 34 yards. Grade: B-

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