Andy Dalton did an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer to reflect on the teams’ first game with the Browns, what’s different about this matchup, and what they’ve done to correct the problems that plagued them in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins.
Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland did an interesting article depicting a fictional account of the Browns smashing their losing streak against the Bengals:
In his first game back from a four-game NFL suspension, Joe Haden made two acrobatic interceptions in the end zone to deny A.J. Green of touchdowns. And linebacker Scott Fujita, playing with “Goodell” taped across his helmet in defiance of the vigilante commissioner, forced two Andy Dalton fumbles.
It’s a pretty funny read. If only games were played on paper….
Now that the Bengals are down RB Bernard Scott after the 2nd-string back tore his ACL after just five carries last Sunday, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is ready to see special-teams specialist Cedric Peerman get some more carries and show what he can do in live, regular-season action.
DT Domata Peko admitted that the Bengals weren’t ready for Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson in their first matchup, but they’ll look to do a better job containing him this time around when the Browns look to end their winless-drought in 2012:
He kind of woke us up a little bit here. It kind of opened our eyes. He’s a very physical runner and it’s the story of the game. Whoever wins up front this week is going to win the game. Every time we play Cleveland, they always give us their A game. It’s the Battle of Ohio. It means so much to our organization here to beat Cleveland and it means a lot to Cincinnati people. We’ve been 0-5 before and it’s not pretty. So I know they’re going to come out and give us their best effort.