That was just the beginning of the drive that ultimately put the Browns ahead for good. Facing a 2nd-and-6 at the CLE 39, Browns QB Brian Hoyer dropped back and through a quick receiver screen to Travis Benjamin. Iloka was in position to make the play, but crashed too hard on the outside, allowing Benjamin to cut back inside where offensive tackle Joe Thomas was waiting to block him and allow Benjamin to scurry 39 yards down to the CIN-22.
“(Hoyer) didn’t do anything that we hadn’t seen from previous quarterbacks,” said safety George Iloka. “Screens can neutralize the pass rush. It discourages (the line) from getting off the ball. I just know the defense has to swarm better. We have to get off the blocks and react quicker.”
Defensive tackle Domata Peko knows the Bengals played great but let one slip away from them because of their inability to make a play on third down.
“Third down killed us,” said Peko. “And we didn’t get a turnover. We have to get better at that. Hoyer was getting the ball out because he knew we were going to rush him.
So what’s next for the Bengals? How do you rebound from a loss against a team you were clearly superior than?
Easy: Get a win vs Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots:
“Now we’ve got to get ready for Big Tom coming to town,” Peko said”.
Sounds easy, right?