The Bengals play the second of two games against the Browns on Sunday, and after a letdown game against an underrated Miami team, many are finding reason to worry about the Bengals’ chances. After all, the Browns played a tight game against the Giants in Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday, and über-prospect Trent Richardson is quickly becoming the start that many believed he would be after leaving Alabama.
Despite the growing cloud of pessimism forming over Ohio’s Queen City, the Bengals defense is actually well-equipped to shut down their cross-state rival. Even with Brandon Weeden’s increasingly dangerous deep ball and Richardson’s running ability, the weakenesses of the Bengals’ defense were more likely to be exploited by the Dolphins’ offense.
Even though the Bengals struggle against the run, their biggest weakness is a cut-back runner that excels in a zone scheme. While Richardson is always a danger to use his short-area burst to break a play to the outside, he is very unlikely to reverse the field on a running play.