Please continue your 2013 Bengals discussion here.
Please continue your 2013 Bengals discussion here.
As is our routine, I (Brown fan) sat down at my brother's (Bengal fan) to watch the game. I picked the Bengals to win this game too. The Browns weren't gong to get away with the trick plays like they did last week vs the Vikings. And when they kicked that on-side after going up 7-0 I let out a huge sigh.
The Brown's D is legit. It was the only positive I really saw going into this season. I was very skeptical of the offense with Weeden in control.
Haden totally dominated AJ. My brother was screaming "Is he the only receiver Dalton can throw to?" LOL
But the Brown's defense was swarming. And they had Dalton rattled all day. I have no idea where he was throwing some of those balls. He had a lot of pressure coming, and I was really impressed with rookie Mingo too.
On offense... getting Josh Gordon back was huge, but TE Cameron has been simply phenomenal.
But having said all this, and as we watched the game, with all it's miscues, stupid penalties, and missed opportunities by both teams, I looked at my brother at one point, watching this so-called Battle of Ohio, and said "Typical Clowns vs Bungles game wouldn't you say?" "Yep" he replied, and then added "Marvin Lewis is the worst coach in the NFL! He ain't never going to take us to that next level!" LOL
I'll ask this again: Has an NFL head coach ever been with the same franchise as long as ML has been with the Bengals, without winning a playoff game?
I love the Monday overreactions. Just 4 weeks ago after one football game Jaworski declared that Chip Kelly's offense was going to revolutionize the NFL.
Couple of things to take into consideration. It is hard to win NFL games on the road, period. Secondly, the Browns have a legit defense with a CB who has gone toe to toe with AJ Green back to college.
That was probably Andy's worst game since his rookie year. He was missing his target high and never seemed to get into a groove. BJGE should be on the field only to spell Bernard. Guy looks to be a step slower this season and running against a stout DLine is a recipe for disaster. The Bengals really screwed the game up in the 1st half when they settled for a chip shot FG and then was stuffed on 4th and short. They should have walked way with at least 10 points instead of 3.
Bryan Hoyer made enough plays against a banged up secondary to win a football game. The Bengals DLine made things too easy on Hoyer until the second half. The final TD the Browns scored was a killer but the offense did little to help. When AJ is shut down guys like Sanu, Gresham, and Jones MUST step up. They didn't yesterday.
Its not a bad loss, its not going to define their season. Its a game they should have won but didn't. Now the task gets tougher facing a Patriots team that is finding ways to get things done. Hopefully Nelson and Hall are healed up and ready to play.
Can't really pin yesterday's loss on anyone in particular.
It feels like if AJ doesn't get involved in the game early then he will have a very quiet day. On the few replays they were showing, he wasn't beating Haden. Or any of the receivers for that matter, they were all covered well. On the few occasions that we could hit a play protection broke down or Dalton missed the throw.
The offensive line couldn't get any push all game long. On that 4th down conversion we failed Green Ellis didn't even have a chance. That Mingo guy outplayed our line all by himself. Then the bad snap that killed a drive that was actually moving.
Defense didn't play terrible, but our defensive line needs to be amazing with the talent we have there. They've shown glimpses but they haven't been consistent so far this year. If they're gonna have 3 step drops and throw short passes how about getting your hands up and batting some passes down? And the Browns running game is terrible or we woulda been torched on the ground. Their offensive line was pushing us 3-4 yards off of the line all game long. I can't blame the secondary as much since we were missing some of our best players there.
I didn't think Marvin had them ready to play, and I didn't think Gruden called a particularly good game. He didn't adapt whatsoever, and he was predictable enough that the Browns basically knew what was coming in the 2nd half.
The Browns defense is really really good, but we made it easy for them yesterday.
I'm too big a Bengals diehard to wish the Browns luck :) but I will say they're getting better. They could have quit after the Richardson trade, but instead they took it up a notch. That says a lot about their character and about the coaching staff as well. And that is one tough defense they're putting together.
If you're keeping score at home, the Steelers are now 2-9 in their last 11 games. :D
Hard to see the Bengals being competitive this week. Looks like they'll be missing Hall, Nelson, and now Michael Johnson with a concussion.
They went into the season thin at secondary, so pretty much worst case scenario with what's happening with Leon Hall and Reggie Nelson.
Is anyone else really bummed by the fact that the Bills have scored 24 points (as of this posting) on that great Browns defense?