Throughout the offseason, praises were being said by many analysts that the Bengals had one of the deepest, most talented rosters. The Cleveland Browns game certainly proved it. In what was the biggest battle of Ohio game in recent years, the depth is the one that stepped up and helped put the Bengals 2.5 games ahead in the AFC North race. There are many unsung heroes in this game, but they all played a huge part in this victory.
The first big play for the Bengals was a sack by Dre Kirkpatrick, a player that has received a lot of scrutiny. Although he gave up a 74 yard touchdown pass, which was perfectly thrown and well in stride, Kirkpatrick actually played extremely well. He did well in coverage and actually helped shut down Jordan Cameron with Chris Crocker out for the game. While his touchdown play was his biggest blemish, he overall played an extremely good game and seems to be progressing well. Kirkpatrick may end up seeing more snaps as the season goes on.
Brandon Ghee also saw some decent playing time and played coverage very well. His last coverage allowed him to hit the ball perfectly in the air and allowed Michael Johnson to intercept it to end the game.