Found December 06, 2012 on
After getting whacked in the knee by my comrade DonnieRedboy yesterday (you’re still my bro, though!), I got to thinking about his comment that Dalton’s play in San Diego. He said: “The first thing that went wrong in SD was Dalton. He was not playing like the top caliber QB that he has been.” True, he did not look as sharp as he had in the previous three wins. That’s mainly on him, but not entirely.
Some of it was on the offensive line.
Part of the reason the Bengals were able to dominate in three straight wins was because they owned the trenches. To demonstrate the point. I put together the following table showing the current rankings by Football Outsiders for the offensive and defensive lines for the Bengals, their previous four victims, and the upcoming Cowboys.
The Giants are sloppy against the run anyway, but their pass defense was off against the Bengals. They had the last bye week of the season the week after that game, and they played like the bye was the only thing on their minds. The Chiefs’ line is mediocre at best, and the Raider’s line — like the rest of the team — is just not good.
So after three straight games of owning the trenches, the Bengals finally faced a stout D-line that plugs the gaps. In fact, the Chargers’ D-line is the best run-blocking team that the Bengals have faced this year. And the O-line, playing on the West Coast against an opponent that was fighting for their season, had their hands full for much of the game.
A disruptive D-line is a thing of beauty… unless your team is facing one. They can make even elite quarterbacks look pedestrian when they generate pressure. (Isn’t that why we all love Geno?)
Looking ahead to the Cowboys…
That stats say that Dalton will feel some heat. Now, the Bengals’ O-line has been playing above their 19th ranking since Trevor Robinson took over at center, so that matchup won’t be as lopsided as it looks. But there should be plenty of opportunity to get BJGE that fourth straight 100+ yard game. I expect that using the run and the threat of A.J. Green to open up the middle of the field will be the plan for Jay Gruden.
The biggest mismatch in the trenches will be Zimmer’s pass rush. Look for Romo to be moving out of the pocket a lot, designed or not. So pursuit is vital. Romo is dangerous outside the pocket. He and Dez Bryant or Jason Witten will make a few plays that way. But all in all, Dalton should have a better day in the pocket, giving the Bengals a bit of an advantage. And winning in the trenches is the surest way to a W. I’ll take the Bengals in a tight one for a fifth straight win.
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The Bengals will rely on newly-signed Josh Brown for kicking duties this Sunday.
With reports surfacing this week that placekicker Mike “Don’t call me Ted” Nugent tweaked a calf muscle in practice this week, the Bengals reacted quickly with the signing of former Ram and Seahawk Josh Brown. According to the reports, including from one today from the mothership, the Bengals...
The Bengals have signed kicker Josh Brown to fill in for the injured Mike Nugent, who hurt his right calf and didn't practice Wednesday.
Brown played five seasons with Seattle and four with St. Louis. He kicked for the Jets in preseason and was released on Aug. 27.
Also on Thursday, the Bengals (7-5) waived center Jeff Faine, opening the way for Kyle Cook to return from an...
Fantasy Football News - The Cincinnati Bengals will have place kicker Mike Nugent inactive for this week’s game due to a calf injury. In turn, the Bengals signed Brown, beating out both Neil Rackers and Billy Cundiff.
FFLockerRoom Take - While this news is only about a kicker, the reality is many fantasy teams set their teams and forget to keep track of their kicker from week...
Bengals placed WR Mohamed Sanu (foot surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.The Bengals had already used their “designated for return” spot on C Kyle Cook, so Sanu won’t be eligible to play again this season. The No. 83 overall pick was just beginning to emerge as a second fiddle to A.J. Green prior to the injury, scoring four times in a three-game span. Sanu will battle...
The Bengals have signed kicker Josh Brown to replace the injured Mike Nugent (calf) in Week 14 against the Cowboys.Fantasy Spin:Brown kicked for the Rams in 2011-12, making 21-of-28 field goals. While Dallas has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to kickers this season, you can probably find a safer option than Brown Sunday.
Adam “Pacman-Jones has always represented every negative cliché that has been associated with the NFL.
He was the kid that wasted his elite talent. He was the kid got into legal trouble.
He became the man that wasted his money making-it-rain in the club. He’s been the free agent that nobody ever wanted because of his bad attitude.
We can go on and on and on. Yet somehow life...
Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) missed practice Thursday, but returned to the field on Friday.Fantasy Spin:Gresham has emerged as a reliable option for fantasy owners, averaging 53.6 yards with three touchdowns on 23 receptions over the last five games. If Green's illness keeps him out of the lineup, Gresham would be in line for a huge number of targets.
Bengals receiver A.J. Green missed Friday's practice due to illness. Hopefully it's something that won't last more than 24 hours or weaken him too much.Fantasy Spin:Green is the best receiver in the league not named Calvin Johnson. He's caught 76 balls for 1107 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Well it wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win and that’s all that matters at this time of year. The Bengals historically have not played well on the West Coast but to win in SD despite not having your best day on offense is a huge step for this team. Have to give it up to this defense though. They have allowed only 1 TD in the last 3 games, a fluke TD in garbage time vs the Raiders...
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Someone check me for a concussion because I like the Bengals this week. It’s not that the Bengals are bad or anything, but I just haven’t picked them yet this year. It’s nothing against them or anything and I haven’t really been missing out as they’re just 6-6 ATS, but for whatever reason, I’ve never seen Cincinnati as...
Cliff Harris returns a punt against the Cincinnati Bengals in 1973.
Though the Cincinnati Bengals became a franchise in 1968, the Dallas Cowboys did not face the new Cincinnati team until 1973. That was because the Bengals were part of the AFL until 1970, and the teams were in different conferences when the leagues merged in 1970.
The teams finally met on November 4, 1973 at Texas...