Position by Position Breakdown for the Battle of Ohio Part II

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Nov 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge (82) and quarterback Jason Campbell (17) celebrate the touchdown in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge (82) and quarterback Jason Campbell (17) celebrate the touchdown in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

 

Quarterback:

Little known fact: in 8 seasons in the league, Jason Campbell has never thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. Not a little known fact: in his 1 start in 2013, Jason Campbell played very well against Baltimore (23/35 – 65.7%, 262 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 116.6 rating). Not a little known fact: Andy Dalton has sucked in his last 2 games (56/104 – 53.8%, 612 yds, 2 TDs, 6 INTs, 1 fumble, 53.8 rating).

With that being said, I cannot give Campbell the advantage over Dalton: 1) in 8 seasons Campbell is 9 games under .500, Dalton is 8 games over .500 in just 2.5; 2) Campbell has never lead a team to the playoffs (0 for 8), while Dalton is 2 for 2; 3) Campbell has 5 TDs to 0 INTs, he is due for some; 4) Dalton has 2 TDs to 6 INTs over the last 2 games, he is due for some TDs and less INTs.

Advantage: Bengals

 

Offensive Line:

The Browns have given up 30 sacks in 9 games (25th), while the Bengals just 26 in 10 games (18th). However, these are two lines going in opposite directions. After surrendering 22 sacks in their first 5 games, the Browns have given up just 8 sacks in last 4. The Bengals on the other hand allowed just 16 sacks in their first 8 games and 10 in their last 2. With Whitworth and Cook hobbled, and Zeitler possibly out, the Browns have a clear advantage from a pass blocking standpoint.

When it comes to run blocking, the Bengals have the advantage 108.1 ypg (18th) to 81.6 (26th), but a large part of that advantage is simply due to the backs each line blocks for BJGE + Bernard > McGahee + Ogbannaya. Overall, I take the Browns line over the Bengals.

Advantage: Browns

 

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