Oct 18, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running backJeremy Hill
(32) runs with the ball during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bengals beat the Bills 34-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Balanced, Yet Deadly Bengals Offense
The big key to the Bengals offense’s success is their great amount of balance between positions.
Of course the two names that first come to mind when talking about the Cincinnati offense are QB Andy Dalton and Green. So far both Dalton and Green have had great performances throughout this season. Dalton has gone 153/231 for 1,992 yards, 15 TDs and 4 INTs, while Green has had 46 receptions for 649 yards and 4 TDs.
Dalton throwing to Green is going to be the number one threat the Browns should be worried about this week. Green is one of the best WRs in the league and Dalton will use that to his advantage often.
While Green is a stand out player for the Bengals, he is far from the only person the Browns will have to worry about on Thursday. Another receiving threat the Browns will have to defend is TE Tyler Eifert. He is making his case to be known as one of the best TEs in the league with 32 receptions for 381 yards and 6 TDs.
Then there is of course the running game which the Browns are extremely familiar with. The two backs heading Cincinnati’s running game are Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Bernard is leading the attack with 78 carries for 439 yards (5.6 yards/carry) and 2 TDs, while Hill follows up with 89 carries for 292 yards (3.3 yards/carry) and 5 TDs.
There is nothing that really jumps off the page on the Bengals offense, but that is not the problem. The problem is that there are so many playmakers in each area.
With any team that relies on one unguardable player to make plays and carry an offense comes a big risk. The second that player is stopped by the opposing defense or even has an off day then the offense is stopped dead in its tracks. That is not the case here.
If the Browns somehow manage to shut down Green or they are able to shut down the Bengals running game, there are still other players out there on the roster that can get the job done. Those other players can make up for a lack of productivity in any other area on this Bengals offense.
That is what makes them so good and that is what will make them a problem for this Browns defense.
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