CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-1)
> -2 Turnover Ratio
> Defense ranked 30th in total yards, 29th in points, 19th in rush yards, 29th in pass yards
> Offense ranked 18th in yards, 16th in points, 16th in rush yards, 16th in pass yards
Andy Dalton, TCU - 93.9 rating completing 67% of his passes, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble. Dalton is a smart, young quarterback. He has trouble staying upright as he's been sacked ten times through two games. Six of those were last week against the Browns. However, Dalton has some young, fast, explosive weapons on the outside and knows the game. He's capable of leading an offensive surge.
Back up(s): Bruce Gradkowski, Toledo
BenJarvis Green-Ellis, Ole Miss - The Law Firm. To date in his NFL career he has yet to lose a fumble. The guy is the epitome of ball protection. 39 carries, 166 yards and a touchdown. He's not really a big play guy, but he's a consistent football player that doesn't make costly mistakes.
Back up(s): Bernard Scott, Abilene Christin (questionable); Brian Leonard, Rutgers; Cedric Peerman, Virginia; STARTING FB Chris Pressley, Wisconsin
AJ Green, Georgia; Armon Binns, Cincinnati - AJ Green is quickly becoming one of the NFL's elite receivers. At 6-4 207 lbs, he has size and some strength to go along with his speed and he has excellent hands. Through two games he has 12 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown and was targetted twelve times last week against Cleveland. Armon Binns has 9 receptions for 94 yards and is really nothing special. The Bengals seem to be excited about backup receiver Andrew Hawkins out of Toledo, though. he caught a 50 yard TD last week and he's extremely fast and elusive. Brandon Tate, who Binn surpassed for the starting gig, also caught a touchdown pass last week.
Back up(s): Andrew Hawkins, Toledo; Ryan Whalen, Stanford; Marvin Jones (ROOKIE), Cal; Brandon Tate, North Carolina; Mohamed Sanu (ROOKIE), Rutgers
Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma - Gresham was a guy that Dalton looked to quite often last year, but this year he's become an after thought. Gresham's production is way down and has 7 catches for 67 yards. He could still be a factor, but thus far he hasn't been. That said, he's too talented to be kept quiet all season long.
Back up(s): Donald Lee, Mississippi State; Orson Charles (ROOKIE), Georgia; Richard Quinn, North Carolina
Center: Jeff Faine, Notre Dame
Left Guard: Clint Boling, Georgia
Left Tackle: Andrew Whitworth, LSU
Right Guard: Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
Right Tackle: Andre Smith, Alabama
The offensive line has surrendered ten sacks in two games. Their pass protection has been questionable, however they have done a decent job in the running game and show flashes of brilliance at times on the pass. Andre Smith is the rookie hold out from their Hard Knocks years and he is beginning to develop nicely. Their backup situation is a bit strange, going with just three backup linemen on their 53-man roster.
Back up(s): LT Anthony Collins, Kansas; RG/C Trevor Robinson (ROOKIE), Notre Dame; RT Dennis Roland, Georgia
(LDE) Carlos Dunlap (questionable), Florida; (RDE) Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech - Dunlap is questionable and hasn't done much this season worth noting. Michael Johnson is an extremely tall, large bodied defensive end. He has a ton of length and can get his hands up into passing lanes. At 6-7 270 pounds he can be a match up problem for us and he will be matched up with LT Trent Williams. Johnson has 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery on the year, accounting for the team's ONLY turnover.
Back up(s): LDE Robert Geathers, Georgia; RDE Wallace Gilberry, Alabama
(3-Tech) Geno Atkins, Georgia; (1-Tech) Domata Peko, Michigan State - Geno Atkins is a prototypical 3-technique. He's got some agility and strength and is an extremely solid pass rusher. He's a severely underrated defensive tackle in this league. He leads the Bengals in sacks with two.
Back up(s): 1T Brandon Thompson (ROOKIE), Clemson; 3T Devon Still (ROOKIE), Penn State
(MIKE) Rey Maualuga, USC; (WILL) Vontaze Burfict (ROOKIE), Arizona State; (SAM)Manny Lawson, NC State - This is an interesting group. Maualuga leads the team in total tackles so far with 15, and he's a tough nosed, downhill football player. He has solid football instincts and plays hard. Vontaze Burfict is LaVar Arrington reincarnated. I'm not sure he's quite as skilled, but from a freelancing perspective he does the same kind of things. He hits like a mack truck but not very assignment oriented.
Back up(s): (SAM) Dan Skuta, Grand Valley State; (MIKE) Roddrick Muckelroy, Texas; (WILL) Vincent Rey, Duke
(CB) Leon Hall, Michigan; Nate Clements, Ohio State; (FS) Reggie Nelson, Florida; (SS) Taylor Mays, USC - Leon Hall leads the team with four passes defensed. He's an extremely capable defender, but he reminds me a little bit of our Hall, DeAngelo. He's a playmaker but sometimes misses assignments. Nate Clements is 104 years old (actually, he's only 33) and he still plays at a high level. Reggie Nelson is second on the team in tackles to Rey Maualuga with 14. Taylor Mays is a guy that drew Sean Taylor comparisons while he was in college, primarily because he can hit like no one's business. However, that's where the comparisons end. While he's gotten better in coverage, he's still weak in that department and he hasn't done much in the way of tackles yet this year, either. His backup, Jeromy Miles, has gotten some decent playing time so far this year. Dre Kirkpatrick is questionable, but he's in line to become the eventual starter opposite Leon Hall. And Pacman Jones had a punt return last week against Cleveland.
Back up(s): (SS) Jeromy Miles, UMass (FS) George Iloka (ROOKIE), Boise State (CB) Terrance Newon, Kansas State; Jason Allen (questionable), Tennessee; Adam Jones, West Virginia; Dre Kirkpatrick (ROOKIE) (questionable), Alabama
The Cincinnati (I'd swear they were from Georgia with all the guys from Georgia or Georgia Tech on their roster ) Bengals are a fast team that can move around the field, but they don't have much in the discipline department, especially defensively. Their offense can be dangerous and reminds me of a less explosive Rams team in the RB department, but more explosive in their receivers. This should be an interesting game to watch