Cleveland Browns 2015: Predicting Every Game

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Week 13: Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals took a step backwards in 2014, primarily on defense. Their pass rush produced just 21 total sacks last year, while their offense, hampered by injuries, was as up-and-down as Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Still, they reached the postseason for the fourth straight year.

This year, the Bengals should see some bounce-back with their defensive front seven, given that they have brought back pass-rushing defensive end Michael Johnson and will likely look for additional help in the draft. And with everyone healthy—including wide receiver Marvin Jones and tight end Tyler Eifert—the offense should be better than ever.

The Bengals boast a completeness that the Browns just do not have. Though there are positions where the Browns have an advantage, such as cornerback and safety, the Bengals’ ability to spread the ball around and run at will should wear down the Browns, particularly their front seven.

The Browns could help their cause by pressuring Dalton, given that pressured passing is his downfall. However, if the Bengals can successfully transition to a run-heavy approach, Cleveland won’t stand a chance.

Prediction: L, 21-13

Browns (7-5)

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