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Cincinnati Bengals Grades: Week 9 vs. Browns

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Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Linebacker: B

The Bengals saw Vincent Rey lead them in tackles for another week and containing Manziel, Crowell, and Duke Johnson Jr. The one mistake that Rey did have was when Duke got open with time in the end zone and Rey just couldn’t keep up. That was really the biggest mistake all night for this defense.

Vontaze Burfict looked like he was struggling with some discomfort in his knee after a first quarter drive by the Browns. He got up hobbled, and made his way to the Bengals side line. He did come back and record two solo tackles and an assist. It was a quiet night for A.J. Hawk, that was in coverage all night, as well as, Emmanuel Lemur who just recorded one tackle.  The only complaint was I would have liked to see Lemur or Hawk in a little more of a quarterback containment role, but did the job none the less.

Defensive Line: B+

The Bengals Defensive line had another three sacks. Two of which were recorded by Carlos Dunlap, who had a big game, and Geno Atkins, who looked as good as his 2013 form, if not better. Dunlap recorded three tackles for loss and had 3 hits on Manziel. Atkins had one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hit but both combined for seven solo tackles and one assist.

This defensive line looked like it did before the bye week. A solid performance with by Michael Johnson getting pressure on Manziel on almost every passing play. He would constantly pursue him when he escaped the pocket. Domata Peko, the gentleman he is even apologized for his late hit in the third quarter with the Browns backed up to their own three yard line.

They will need to be this sharp against a struggling Texans team, and will have until Monday night to get prepared for Brian Hoyer. They know Hoyer from his time in Cleveland and should be familiar with his style of play. That should be a good Monday Night match up that favors the Bengals in week 10.

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