Week 6: @ Cleveland Browns:
This will be a very similar game plan to the game two Cleveland Browns matchup. However, they will be more experienced this time around and also have more tape to watch on the Bengals which should make them more competitive this time around, especially now that they have home field advantage.
What the Bengals need to do: Same philosophy as week two. Be cautious of Weeden, because he will have much more experience as an NFL passer at this point. Also, Richardson will be more comfortable with the offense and it should be tougher to contain him. The Bengals need to be very precise on the defensive side of the ball on this game because it could turn out to be a low scoring event.
Week 7: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers games could be the toughest the Bengals face all season long. They always play tough, solid football and tend to not make mistakes and capitalize on the mistakes made by opposing teams. Ben Roethlisberger will be looking to exploit the Bengals secondary in this game. Also, the Steelers have one of the nastiest pass-rushes in the NFL and can be capable of pressuring Dalton throughout the game.
What the Bengals need to do: First, win the battle in the trenches. Get a running game established. Don’t allow the Steelers to get theirs going. When Ben drops back to throw, keep him contained in the pocket. It’s important to not let him get outside and extend the play. When the Bengals get a hand on Ben, it’s important to wrap him up as he is very difficult to bring down. The Bengals secondary needs to play solid fundamental football and not miss assignments. More importantly, the Bengals offense needs to be very careful with the football. One turnover could mean the game.
Week 8: BYE