Bengals vs. Eagles: Offensive Position battles

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Dec 9, 2012; Cincinnati, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback

Bengals: Andy Dalton
Eagles: Nick Foles
This one wasn’t really close as Dalton has emerged as one of the better quarterbacks in the game and has been avoiding the sophomore slump nicely. Nike Foles hasn’t been opening any eyes either and has been average for the Eagles. He hasn’t lived up to the extreme hype everyone had given him but that was a little unfair. Dalton has been very inconsistent so far this season but is now on one of his cold streaks after two underperforming games against the Chargers and Cowboys. Foles has been better than Vick this season but still, Dalton has the clear edge.
Advantage: Bengals

 

Runningback

Eagles: Bryce Brown
Bengals: BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Green-Ellis has been very good the past few weeks number wise. What the numbers don’t tell you is that the Bengals offensive line has been giving him such big holes that you could drive a train through them. He has not been good all season besides at getting short yardage but has broken off a few big runs thanks to the offensive line. Brown on the other hand has been a very nice surprise for the Eagles and has performed well with McCoy out. He’s averaging over 5 yards per carry and has already doubled McCoy’s touchdown total. Brown easily gets the edge.
Advantage: Eagles
Wide Receivers

Bengals: A.J. Green, Andrew Hawkins, Marvin Jones, Brandon Tate, and Ryan Whalen
Eagles: DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson, and Riley Cooper
This one was a tough one. The Bengals have a major lack of depth with basically only 3 quality receivers while the Eagles aren’t as talented with their starters but have much better 4 and 5 options. In the end, Green, Hawkins, and Jones were just too much. Green has emerged as one of the best receivers in the league and Hawkins has emerged as one of the best slot receivers in the league. Marvin Jones is also becoming a very nice 3rd option for the Bengals. Jackson is out with an injured shoulder and Maclin has been underperforming this year. Green is light years away from both of those guys and Hawkins is right there with them.

Advantage: Bengals

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