Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (84) catches a touchdown pass against Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) during the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Jordan Cameron is having one hell of a year (20 catches, 269 yards and 4 TDs) and may be the best TE on the field Sunday. However, the Bengals have and elite TE as well…in fact they have 2 elite TEs (Gresham and Eifert) whom they often use at the same time.
While Cameron may be the best single TE on the field, and covering an elite TE is difficult, it is easier to cover 1 elite TE than it is to cover 2. Therefore, the Bengals have the edge at TE.
While the Browns have a good DL wit Bryant and Taylor, the Browns play the 3-4 and their strength is in the LB position. The Bengals on the other hand have what is arguably the best DL in the NFL with Atkins, Dunlap, MJ and Peko. The Browns porous OL will have issues keeping this DL off Hoyer and if the Browns are forced to keep Cameron in to block, that could really hurt the Browns and help the Bengals.
While I believe the best LB on the field will be dawning stripes (Burfict), the Browns play 4 LBs, 3 of which (Kruger, Jackson and Mingo) have difference making ability. 3 difference making LBs to the Bengals 1 gives the Browns the edge at the LB position.