Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals: The Battle of Ohio Preview

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Aug 30, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE


On defense the Browns will be short their best corner back as Joe Haden serves a suspension for a failed drug test which came back positive for Adderall. Out of the remaining 5 CBs on the Browns depth chart, the last man listed, Johnson Bademosi is the only player listed above 5’10”. This gives a clear size advantage to the Bengals receiving core. A.J. Green is 6’4″, speedster Brandon Tate is 6’1″, Armon Binns is 6’3″, and Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones are 6’2″. Andrew Hawkins, who led the Benglas in receptions and yards last week against the Ravens is their shortest receiver at 5’7″ but showed no difficulty getting open.

The Browns pass rush looked good against Philly, but the Eagles offensive line was short their premier LT Jason Peters and have been at the center of most criticism surrounding the Eagles offense. The Bengals offensive line may be the most maligned in the league but I thought they preformed adequately.

If Marvin Lewis and his Bengals want to make a statement and keep this season from going the wrong direction, this is the week. This is a must win game. Both teams are down, only one team will prove that they’re better. The Bengals must take this game and capitalize on their opportunity to feed on the weakest team in their division.

Only one team in the AFC North has a win so far, The Ravens. Only one team has a AFC North loss, the Bengals. Cincinnati knows that this game could have implications towards the playoff race come December.

Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will: But the will must be stronger than the skill.” – Muhammad Ali

This week, we will see if the Bengals have in them what it takes to be winners.


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