The (4-3) Denver Broncos travel to Ohio this week to take on the (3-4) Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Bengals occupy 3rd place in the AFC North and are coming off their Bye Week, while the Broncos defeated the New Orleans Saints 34-14 and sit alone atop the AFC West Division. Let’s take a look at the Bengals from the Offensive side of the ball.
The Bengals Offense ranks 14th in Points (23.7), 18th in Total Yards (354.0), 12th in Pass Yards (257.4) and 21st In Rushing Yards (96.6). By contrast, the Denver Defense ranks 14th in Points Against (21.7), 8th in Total Yards yielded (319.3), 8th against the Pass (213.3) and 15th against the Rush (106.0).
The Bengals have passed more than they’ve run this season as their 83-39 Pass-Run 1st Downs indicate. They are 25/88 (28.4%) on 3rd Down conversions and 6/8 (75%) on 4th Down. They are also have a -6 Turnover Ratio.
2nd year Quarterback Andy Dalton is the Bengals leader on Offense. The "Red Rocket" has taken all but 5 snaps so far this season, going 156/243 for 1,831 yards, a 64.2% Completion rate, 13 Touchdowns, 10 Interceptions for an 87.7 Rating. 3 of those 10 Interceptions were pick sixes. Dalton has also been Sacked 17 Times. 7th year pro Bruce Gradkowski is the backup.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis is the leading rusher for Cincinnati, with 431 yards on 125 carries, a 3.4 average and 2 Touchdowns. Surprisingly enough, Andy Dalton is their 2nd ranked rusher, with 61 yards on 21 carries and 1 Touchdown. The others have yet to reach double figures in carries.
Wide Receiver A.J. Green is the Bengals leading receiver, with 44 catches for 636 yards, a 14.5 average and 7 Touchdowns. Tight End Jermaine Gresham (28, 325 yds, 2 TD), WR Andrew Hawkins (27, 346 yds, 2 TDs) and WR Armon Binns (18, 210 yds, 1 TD) round out the bulk of the Cincy Air attack.
From left to right, the starting 5 O-Linemen for the Bengals are LT Andrew Whitworth, LG Clint Boling, C Jeff Faine, RG Kevin Zeitler and RT Andre Smith. This unit has been intact for all 7 games in 2012. Zeitler is a rookie.
Boling has 1 False Start Penalty and allowed 1.5 Sacks. Faine has 2 Holding calls and has allowed a half Sack. Smith has 2 False Starts and allowed a half Sack. Whitworth has 2 Holding calls and has allowed 3 Sacks. Zeitler has allowed 2 Sacks.
I don’t expect this to be a cakewalk, but Denver should be able to claim a victory this week.
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