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Browns vs. Bengals: Live Game Thread for Week 4

The Browns take on the Bengals in the 80th Battle of Ohio.  The Bengals are extremely thin in the secondary as they are missing Leon Hall, Dre Kirkpatrick and Reggie Nelson while the Browns’ guard Shawn Lauvao is again inactive this week, forcing Oniel Cousins to block arguably the best defensive tackle in the NFL in Geno Atkins.  The Browns are also without Jabaal Sheard and Billy Winn, but are able to absorb those losses better than many teams would be.  This means that Barkevious Mingo will get the first start of his career and will have to again prove himself as a run defender.  Critics thought he would be nothing more than a Bruce Irvin type pure pass rushing options, but supporters note he played power end in the SEC and held up far better as a run defender than many realized.  Without Winn, the Browns have the always reliable Athyba Rubin and the question will be if they want to use John Hughes at end or just use Armonty Bryant in his rookie debut.

Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (84) celebrates his touchdown with offensive lineman John Greco (77) during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Hoyer gets his second game as the quarterback for the Browns and while the Bengal secondary is thin, their defensive line is loaded and just keeps coming.  Their linebackers are extremely effective against the run, so the Browns might have trouble getting their running game back on track this week, but there could be some nice opportunities to get the ball to Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron and Davone Bess.

Meanwhile, the Browns have to find a way to defend the combination of A.J. Green, Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert while not forgetting Mohamed Sanu and Giovani Bernard in the passing game.  This game features teams with some strengths up front, the ability to stop the run and rush the passer but there are significant questions about how teams will hold up on the back end of the defense.  This could be a game that features a ton of big plays both ways with quarterbacks picking themselves up off of the ground as well as making big plays in the passing game.  This could end up being a combination of a shootout as well as a last man standing situation at the quarterback position.  As a result, this game comes down to which coaching staff can exploit the opponent’s weaknesses while hiding their own.

If the Browns can win this, they pull even with the Bengals at 2-2 and perhaps a game out of first, while the Bengals have an opportunity to get to 3-1, at least a share of first place and primed to separate themselves from the Browns and Steelers.

Topics: Cleveland Browns

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  • Kyle Quinlan

    Any predictions of how’s go will do today

  • Pete Smith

    Excited to see a full workload for Mingo. Curious to see how much they use Armonty Bryant. Could be a nice pass rusher from the end spot

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap could make this a very long day for Brian Hoyer and co. The injuries in the Bengals secondary won’t matter if we can’t keep Hoyer upright.

  • Pete Smith

    The Greg Little at KR experiment has been pretty positive

  • Joe Mazzulo

    agreed. A good place for his skillset

  • Pete Smith

    Phil Taylor just exploded that play. Kyle Cook is in for a long day

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Kruger stud

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Why is bess doing punts

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Kruger continues his very solid play. Hate not having Sheard or Winn out there.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    I don’t trust Benjamin in traffic. Kid hears footsteps.

  • NickNorthern

    Good pressure off the edges to end that Bengals drive. Krugar with the pressure.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Sloppy. Wasted timeout.

  • Pete Smith

    Substitution issue wastes a timeout. It appears as though MarQueis Gray figures into the plan today

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Nice push in the running game so far.

  • Pete Smith

    Great screen there. Nice way to use Benjamin

  • NickNorthern

    ogbannaya hit that hole running to pick up the first down. It looks like they want to use Ogbannaya in the same roll as Richardson. A big back who can pass catch.

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Nice screen call

  • NickNorthern

    39 yard pick up for Benjamin. nice screen pass from Hoyer.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Nice play by Benjamin, and an interesting look with Marquis Gray in the shotgun. Is that our “Gopher” package?

  • NickNorthern

    Bess is money in the red zone. Nice slant. 1st and goal.

  • Pete Smith

    Wow. That was a nice pass and catch by Hoyer and Cameron. Made it look easy. It was not.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Jordan Cameron continues to emerge. Really bright future for that kid.

  • NickNorthern

    TD Cameron. He is too tall to be covered by most cornerbacks and safeties in the end zone. Great hands and great catch. 7-0 Browns.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    That’s a great call if it works. It did not work.

  • NickNorthern

    Ugly onside kick. Good try though. Hope they can keep containing Dalton giving them good field position.

  • Pete Smith

    Mingo with a coverage sack. Kind of a gift, but I’ll take it. Never stops going

  • Joe Mazzulo

    3 straight games with a sack for Mingo. Great start.

  • Pete Smith

    Now, THAT, was a good play by Mingo

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Blows up the play

  • NickNorthern

    Mingo blowing up 2 plays in a row. Any concern about his size at this point? :)

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Nope

  • Joe Mazzulo

    That hurts.

  • Pete Smith

    Man… that was a gift. Should’ve picked that off.

  • NickNorthern

    Ug. Second timeout from Chud. This is becoming a theme from Chud. Wait, what’s going on?! TIMEOUT!

  • Joe Mazzulo

    The Bengals had Greshman in man on man with Tashaun Gipson. Good timeout by the Browns.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Joe Haden is an elite cornerback. Strong in both coverage and run support. Complete player.

  • NickNorthern

    Good stop by Haden holding the Bengals to 3.

  • Pete Smith

    Gordon with an impressive catch. He’s ridiculous

  • Pete Smith

    Browns with a Pat Shurmur approach to timeouts in the first half. Hopefully, they do not have the same in the second

  • Joe Mazzulo

    I like it, timeouts are over rated.

  • Pete Smith

    Cundiff missed… complaints for Phil Dawson incoming

  • Joe Mazzulo

    2nd and 5 in the redzone, 2 incompletions and a missed FG. Ouch.

  • Pete Smith

    Mingo gets the Pass Deflection. Just does it all

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Wow Bryant and Mingo

  • Pete Smith

    Desmond Bryant is a bad man

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Wtf was that oline

  • Pete Smith

    Awkward ball placement by Hoyer there.

  • NickNorthern

    Defense has been sharp for us. Our secondary is looking better as the season progresses. Gipson is developing nicely and Skrine is making less mistakes. Great coverage on AJ Green so far this game. 2 min to take a controlling lead into the halftime.

  • Pete Smith

    Not sure how that is not PI. Was clearly there early

  • Pete Smith

    Jordan Cameron is like a savvy vet now