Cincinnati Bengals: AFC North Week 1 Game Scenarios

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cincinnati Bengals: AFC North Week 1 Game Scenarios
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Browns v Eagles

After a winless preseason, Hue Jackson and the Cleveland Browns look unsteady. The standings don’t mean a thing. But, the performances from players are paramount. Robert Griffin III had an uninspiring training camp. Overall, Griffin went 22-for-38 for 313 yards with three TD’s and an INT. He ended the preseason with a 100.0 QBR. But, that stat is inflated due to a number of big plays. Take away the huge connections and he’s a pedestrian 45.1. 

Jackson would love to see Griffin develop into one of his success stories. His most recent transformation of Dalton (while Bengals O-coordinator) was incredible. That same makeover would be welcomed in Cleveland, but RG3 has to regain his poise in the pocket. 

Cleveland’s defense is still suspect. The loss of Karlos Dunlap to the Bengals didn’t help. The Brown’s defense was outscored 71-37, during the preseason. That still has to turn heads. Jackson will “eventually” bring stability to Cleveland. But, the first year will be about learning to play mistake free football.

The Eagles may have traded Sam Bradford but the edge still goes to Philly. Yet, if RG3 settles in and digests the playbook ( vintage Dalton), this game could be interesting. In the end, Carson Wentz and the offense may be painful to watch. But, the stout Eagles defense will stand proud.

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