After an emotional roller coaster last week, the Bengals head to Cleveland for a divisional matchup that always looks easier on paper then it turns out. Last week the offense turned it over 4 times in 9 plays, a ratio that had me wish the Hard Knocks cameras could come into the locker room one last time.
The offense finally got back on track and, with the help of a defense touchdown, won one of the wildest games in Bengals history. With CB Leon Hall and FS Reggie Nelson on the shelf, the defense can’t pull a another effort like last week again. Several players will have to step up and play an impact role this week as the team looks to crush any hope left in Browns land.
Impact Players for the Bengals:
KR Brandon Tate
The star of every training camp once again is back to his role of strictly return man and is 19th in the league averaging 25.6 per kickoff return and 25th in the league returning punts with a 5.3 average. He also has zero TD’s as well. In my opinion that isn’t good enough and Tate looks like the same timid limited vision kick return as previous years.
This week would be a nice week to break off a long return or better yet a touchdown return.
WR Mohammad Sanu
With AJ Green being locked down by Joe Haden, Mohammad Sanu will have to step up and expand on his 13 catches this year. He will likely draw the 5’9 Buster Skrine for part of the day, a matchup that favors Sanu size wise. Promising rookie CB Leon McFadden hasn’t done much to this point but could be employed to slow down the Bengals multiple targets.
Sanu is being given the opportunity to be the #2 wide out, a solid game in Cleveland may cement him further.