Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis watches in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Special Teams: B
Mike Nugent has it easy this week with only one field goal and four extra points. He didn’t have anything blocked and looks solid after eight games this season. Kevin Huber had a punt blocked, but on a meaningless drive none the less with four minutes remaining in the game at mid-field, the Bengals already had a 31-10 lead and the series following resulted in turnover on downs.
The return game took a step back, literally. Both Brandon Tate and Adam Jones had punt returns that should have ended up with good solid positive yards that turned into minor gains. They tried to make more happen and got swarmed on both. Tate had to handle a short kick and turned a chance for the Browns to pin the Bengals at the five into starting at the 15 yard line, so a smart heads up play.
This game was a much easier coaching game to watch, and although there were still a couple questionable decisions, like a 3rd and goal quarterback sweep to the left that was sniffed out, it was the best coaching since the Oakland game in week one. Hue Jackson had this offense firing on all cylinders from the start and Andy Dalton took the reins in the second half and got the job done.
Paul Guenther’s defense seemed to have a bend but not break first half. The could get to Manziel but flushed him a number of times from the pocket. It wasn’t until the second half that the Bengals defense figured out, keep him in the pocket and he is almost 50% less efficient. That is what Marvin Lewis and Guenther adjusted for and shut down Manziel and the Browns offense the rest of the game.