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Week 13 Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals 37, Cleveland Browns 3


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Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals won big on Sunday in a rout against the Cleveland Browns. Quarterback Andy Dalton lead the way with just 19 pass attempts for two passing touchdowns and one on the ground. He leads the NFL in passer rating and had his second best performance of his career in that category in Week 13 at 146.8. A.J. Green went off for 128 yards and a touchdown but easily could have had a least one more score. Jeremy Hill dominated the carries in a game the Bengals controlled from start to finish.

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland offense had one of its worst games of the year. Austin Davis was not impressive as he was only able to lead the Browns on one field goal scoring drive in the game and turned the ball over twice. Both Travis Benjamin and Marlon Moore were lost to injury, leaving Brian Hartline and former practice squad player Darius Jennings as the only active receivers. If Austin Davis remains behind center going forward, downgrade all Browns position players from a fantasy perspective.

Cincinnati Bengals

QB Andy Dalton, 50 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 19 - 220 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 11 - 1
Andy Dalton went 14-of-19 passing for 220 yards and two touchdowns and also added a score on the ground in the Bengals 37-3 romp over the Cleveland Browns in Week 13. His passer rating of 146.8 was the second best of his career and is number one in the NFL this season in that category. He eclipsed 3,000 yards this season for the fifth time in his five seasons in the league. The only other quarterback to accomplish that in league history is Peyton Manning. Dalton threw a 57-yard bomb to A.J. Green with 8:25 left in the first quarter that he almost took to the house before he was tripped up. Dalton would then cap the 84-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown off of a quarterback sneak. By the end of the first half the two would hook up for a 23-yard touchdown where Green beats single-coverage cleanly down the left sideline. Dalton connected with wide receiver Marvin Jones late in the third quarter for a 21-yard score that had fans heading for the exits early. It was a nicely thrown ball over top of the defense after faking a hand-off to Giovani Bernard. Dalton clearly trusts A.J. Green to be able to go up and make plays, continuously putting him in opportunities to score points for this offense. With the game in hand Dalton was only forced to throw the ball 19 times, next week should be different against a high flying Pittsburgh Steelers offense.

RB Jeremy Hill, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 98 - 1 (1 targets)
Jeremy Hill was the clear feature back for the Bengals in Week 13 against the Browns totaling 98 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. The running game was essential in this game as Cincinnati secured a lead early and wanted to control the ball. Hill had a 1-yard touchdown run and nearly had a second in the fourth quarter but was stuffed at the goal line. He set a season high for yardage and much to the chagrin of linebacker Chris Kirksey, celebrated his touchdown by jumping into Clevelandís stands. Hill seems to be finding his stride at the right time for the Bengals.

RB Giovani Bernard, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 26 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)
It was a Jeremy Hill game against Cleveland where running back Giovani Bernard rushed just five times for 26 yards and had one reception for nine. Hill was the clear feature back in a game where the Bengals were in control and did not need to take advantage of Bernardís skill in the passing game where he had had just one target. He should see more usage in a competitive game that is closer.

WR A.J. Green, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 128 - 1 (6 targets)
Star receiver A.J. Green went off in the Cincinnati Bengals Week 13 route of the Cleveland Browns. He caught 5-of-6 targets for 128 yards and a touchdown in a game where Green eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth time in his five seasons in the league. Randy Moss is the only other wide receiver in NFL history to have accomplished that feat in each of their first five seasons. On his 23-yard touchdown grab early in the second quarter he couldnít have been more open as Dalton floated a pass down the left sideline for an easy score. Green in one-on-one coverage had a second touchdown reversed in the third quarter and brought back to the 1-yard line. He showed impressive body awareness to get his toes down in bounds and nearly broke the plane. Browns cornerback Tramon Williams was overmatched all game long giving up multiple big plays. Green nearly had another touchdown on his 57-yard grab in the first quarter but was tripped up just as it looked like he was going to take it to the house for an 84-yard score. Dalton continues to trust Green in all aspects of the game to go up and make plays for the Bengals offense. Their chemistry has grown over the past five years and Green is on pace to finish the year with 93 receptions, five shy of Larry Fitzgeraldís record for most catches by an NFL player in his first five seasons.

WR Marvin Jones, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 55 - 1 (5 targets)
Marvin Jones caught all five of his targets and totaled 55 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Browns. He hasnít scored since Week 6 but connected with Andy Dalton late in the third quarter made it 34-3. Browns fans flooded for the exits after this 21-yard touchdown grab down the right sideline. Dalton threw a great ball over the top of the Browns defender, Charles Gaines, after a play fake to Giovani Bernard.

TE Tyler Kroft, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 17 - 0 (1 targets)
Tyler Kroft started at tight end for the Bengals with Tyler Eifert nursing a neck injury. Kroft was primarily used as a blocking weapon in this one but was a big part of Jeremy Hillís huge game. He caught his only target of the game for 17 yards.


Cleveland Browns

QB Austin Davis, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 38 - 230 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 4 - 0
Davis played an uninspiring game against the Bengals, throwing no touchdowns, one interception, and one fumble lost. He did show good mobility but also questionable decision-making and limited arm strength throughout the game. He was often flushed from the pocket and was forced to attempt several passes while on the run. He forced a few passes into double coverage including one that was close to being intercepted in the middle of the second quarter. His first pass of the game went to Gary Barnidge over the middle for a nine-yard pickup. He later had a great completion to Brian Hartline while running to his right that went for a first down. He followed that pass up by throwing too high to Gary Barnidge on a play that could have gone for a big pick-up had the pass been on target. His interception came in the middle of the second quarter when he targeted Brian Hartline. Davis threw the ball to the middle of the field, but Hartline had continued to run straight. It was an apparent miscommunication between the two. Davis showed his limited arm strength in taking a deep shot to Brian Hartline at the end of the second quarter. He had been running forward while escaping pressure, crow-hopped, and fired deep but the pass fell well short. Soon after, he showed some questionable decision-making in allowing time to tick off of the clock before calling a timeout with two seconds left in the half. He was called for intentional grounding twice in the second half as he simply threw the ball away to avoid taking a sack. Davis committed another turnover in the fourth quarter when he tried a pass to Isaiah Crowell in the flat. The pass was tipped behind the line of scrimmage and picked up by the Bengals for a fumble recovery.

RB Isaiah Crowell, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 62 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (1 targets)
Crowell had one of his best games of the season, picking up 62 yards on 11 carries, with a long run of 23 yards. He could have had a bigger game, but the Browns were forced to abandon the run early considering the lopsided score of this contest. His best runs came on delayed handoffs up the middle. He showed good vision on many of his runs, which has not always been the case this season. His best run of the game came on a delayed handoff in third quarter where he got some great blocking for a 22-yard pickup. Crowell did stand by and watch while a tipped pass behind the line of scrimmage was scooped up by the Bengals. He clearly did not realize that the ball was still live after it fell to the ground because he had a chance to run forward and recover the fumble.

RB Duke Johnson, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 2 - 0, Rec: 4 - 30 - 0 (4 targets)
Johnson struggled to find much room to operate in this game as it appeared the Bengals were keyed on stopping him when he was on the field. His first carry went for a loss of two yards. Many of his plays came with him operating as a safety value on screens and short catches to recover yardage. He had a handoff that was close to being a big pickup at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but was ankle tackled by a Cincinnati defender right before he could break free.

WR Brian Hartline, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 83 - 0 (11 targets)
Hartline turned in a second consecutive strong game for the Browns. He continues to make a difference on short and intermediate routes, generally in the middle of the field. Hartline was the intended recipient on Davis' interception in the second quarter. It looked like a miscommunication between Hartline and his quarterback as the veteran receiver was headed straight up the left side of the field and Davis threw as if he expected Hartline to cut toward the middle. Hartline saw a deep shot near the end zone at the end of the second quarter, but the pass was underthrown. With most of Cleveland's receivers injured, Hartline could be in line for a huge workload in Week 14.

WR Darius Jennings, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 35 - 0 (7 targets)
Jennings, recently promoted from the practice squad, made his first appearance for the Browns this weekend and was almost immediately pressed into extended action. Jennings made mostly short catches for the Browns, as he was thrust into playing time after the team lost both Travis Benjamin and Marlon Moore to injuries. He had what would have been a seven-yard reception wiped off the books at the end of the first quarter on an offensive pass interference call on Gary Barnidge. He made an excellent catch in the third quarter where he leapt into the air to secure a catch that went for a first down. He may be called upon to start next week if Cleveland's injured receivers are unable to suit up in Week 14.

WR Travis Benjamin, 20 offensive snaps (2 targets)
Benjamin had a quiet game, making no catches and suffering a shoulder injury at the end of the first quarter. He was unable to reel in his first target of the game. His second target was thrown high and he was close to making a highlight-reel catch but couldn't hold on to the football. It remains to be seen whether the shoulder injury is severe or not.

TE Gary Barnidge, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 59 - 0 (8 targets)
Barnidge made the team's first catch of the game over the middle for a nine-yard pickup. He did have a tough drop on third down on the team's first drive, which may have resulted in a first down. The Browns did not make any trips into the red zone, so his status as the team's top red zone threat was rendered obsolete. He still served as a reliable target and chain-mover in the middle of the field.