Raiders @ Bengals: What to Watch For

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When the Bengals Run

Runningback BenJarvus Green-Ellis leads the team in rushing with 182 carries for 638 yards (3.5) and four touchdowns.

Raiders outside linebacker Phillips Wheeler is 5th-rated OLB on Pro Football Focus and leads the team in stops (31, any tackle that constitutes an offensive failure).

Safety Tyvon Branch leads the team in tackles with 109.



Nov 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs safety Abram Elam (27) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

When the Bengals Pass

Tight End Jermaine Gresham is devolving into a consistent offensive threat, as he is 2nd on the team in targets (63), receiving yards (517), and touchdowns (3).

Quarterback Andy Dalton has been as red-hot as his hair lately, throwing for six TDs to 0 interceptions while completing 65% of his passes over the past two games.

Wide receiver A.J. Green has caught a TD in 9 straight games.

Raiders safety/cornerback Michael Huff leads the team in INTs (2) and pass deflections (11).

The Raiders have just 11 sacks this year, and with DL Richard Seymour out, DE Matt Shaughnessy is their active sack leader today with 2.5.


When the Raiders Run

Fullback Marcel Reece will get the start today at runningback. He rates as Pro Football Focus’ #1 FB while also leading all FBs in offensive snaps (444). LAst week vs the Saints, he had 19 carries for 103 yards (5.4 ypc) amd 4 catches for 90 yards (22.5 agv).

The Bengals top-2 tacklers are MLB Rey Maualuga (82) and rookie WLB Vontaze Burfict (67). Safey Reggie Nelson is expected to return today after missing the past two games, and despite missing time, he is still the teams’ third-leading tackler (59)

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