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Week 11: Battle of Ohio Part II – What to Look For

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When the Browns Throw the Ball:

In 8 seasons in the league, Jason Campbell has never thrown more interceptions than touchdowns, and he doesn’t show any signs of changing that this year (5 TD, 0 INTs).  In his two starts with the Browns, Campbell has two 100+ QB ratings, is completing 61.3% of his passes and is averaging 278 yards, 2.5 TDs and 0 INTs per game. Unlike his predecessors, who were sacked 28 times in 7 games (4 per game), Campbell has only been sacked 3 times in his two starts.

The Bengals are going to need to get pressure on Campbell and make him uncomfortable, but that is much easier said than done. The impressive Ravens front that got to Dalton 5 times last week, only got to Campbell twice the week before; and the league leading Chiefs could muster just 1 sack at home against Campbell. If the Bengals can’t get to Campbell and make him uncomfortable, it could be a long day. Gordon, Little, Bess and Cameron are good enough to take advantage of an injured Bengals secondary.

While Cameron and Campbell haven’t shown much chemistry so far (5 receptions, 85 yards, 0 TDs), Campbell has worked well with all of his receivers. Gordon had 132 yards in Campbell’s first game and in his second game, Little had 122 yards and Bess had 2 TDs. Seeing what Campbell has done to 2 good defenses (KC and Bal), It wouldn’t be surprising to give the Browns the advantage here, however, my gut is saying Bengals – and here is why: In the last 3 games, the Bengals have 11 sacks and opposing QBs are averaging a measly 175 yards (524), .67 TDs (2), 1.3 INTs (4) and have an average QB rating of just 67.8.

I expect the Browns passing game to make some plays, but when it is all said and done, I think the Bengals and Zimmer will get the best of the Browns in this matchup.

Advantage: Bengals

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