Bengals vs. Browns: Five Takeaways

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Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs the ball for a gain of 17 yards against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Hill is Back

Jeremy Hill has been struggling to find his way during the first half of the season. Now, he has had two solid back to back games and I think many Bengals fans can start to breath a little easier knowing he has found a grove.

Now am I going to say that Hill can’t take a step back, especially against a good team in Pittsburgh, of course not. These two performances have been more important to Hill than anybody else. His struggles seem to have been overthinking plays, gaps, and opponents. He simplified his runs in the past two games and trusted his line to make the holes.

Andy Dalton seems to have kept faith in Hill and has had no problem handing it off to him. Hue Jackson kept pressing the idea that it takes only one game or one play and be patient. The Bengals have and now are reaping the benefits of Hill’s break out performance.

If Hill can find his way through this tough Pittsburgh defense, then the Bengals could be on their way to another solid win. Pittsburgh’s defensive line, led by Cam Heyward, will be looking to shut the balanced offense down and make the Bengals beat them in just one area. The Bengals haven’t been successful when they haven’t been able to establish a balance and that is what Pittsburgh is hoping for in Week 14.