Bengals vs Browns: Position by position breakdown of the Battle of Ohio

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Running Backs:
This one is not even close…comical in fact. While BJGE has not had a great start, he and Bernard combine for a potent 1-2 punch. The Browns traded away their top RB (and best player) just last week and their leading rusher (Josh Aubrey) has 1 whole carry and 34 yards.

They did pick up Willis McGahee, and while I would expect him to be better with a full week of practice, McGahee is almost 32 and carried 8 times for just 9 yards (1.1 ypc) against the 21st ranked run defense. The Browns top 5 rushers have 16 carries and 0 TDs…combined, and 2 of those rushers (and 53% of the yards) are not even RBs (DB and WR).

The Browns active RBs have 14 combined rushes for 49 yards compared to the Bengals 68 rushes, 239 yards and 4 TDs.

Advantage: Bengals

 

Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) makes a catch in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receivers:
With Josh Gordon making a spectacular return (10 catches for 146 yards and 1 TD), the Browns certainly have a formidable trio of WRs (Gordon, Little and Bess) that can cause problems for any secondary, especially an injury depleted secondary like that of the Bengals.

However, the Bengals clearly have the best WR on the field (Green) and with Green, Sanu and Jones, the Bengals still have the best trio as well.

Advantage: Bengals

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