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Cincinnati Bengals Strategy and Personnel 2008-09-30

Cincinnati Bengals Strategy and Personnel 2008-09-30

--Third-string RB DeDe Dorsey is expected to miss several weeks with a hamstring injury sustained Sunday during the 20-12 loss to the Browns.

--RB Kenny Watson, the second-stringer, also missed the game with a hamstring injury, and coach Marvin Lewis said the team is not sure of Watson's condition for the Dallas game. Lewis said there was a possibility the Bengals could add a running back this week, either a free agent or possibly rookie James Johnson, currently on the team's practice squad.

--SS Chinedum Ndukwe, starting his third game in place the injured Dexter Jackson (thumb), made the Bengals' first interception of the season and collected just their second sack against the Browns.

--TE Ben Utecht (chest) missed the Giants game but returned to start against the Browns. He had two receptions for 10 yards.

--K Shayne Graham made both of his field-goal attempts against the Browns. He needs 15 more in a row to become the all-time NFL leader for field-goal accuracy.


PASSING OFFENSE: F -- With Carson Palmer's throwing elbow ailing, the Bengals went to backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had played well in the preseason. The season-long sack-fest of Bengals quarterbacks continued. Fitzpatrick was sacked three times, losing a fumble on one, bringing to 12 the total allowed in four games. Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions and one touchdown pass, to Chad Ocho Cinco, but the total body of work was not good.

RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- Fitzpatrick runs well, and he was the leading rusher with four carries for 41 yards. Chris Perry had 12 attempts for 28 yards, but take away his long of 12 and he was bottled up with 11 carries for 16 yards. The offensive line continued to struggle in both running and passing plays.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- CB Leon Hall was beaten for a touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards, but S Chinedum Ndukwe played well, intercepting Derek Anderson and collecting a sack among his six total tackles. The Browns took the ball out of Anderson's hands and counted on their run game.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- Jamal Lewis ran six times for 36 yards on the Browns' opening field-goal drive but afterward was limited to 43 yards on 19 carries. The Bengals adjusted well, but credit the Browns for sticking to the ground.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Josh Cribbs got loose on a 44-yard kickoff return, but otherwise it was another solid game for the Bengals kicking game. Glenn Holt averaged 30.5 yards on four kickoff returns for the Bengals, and he had a long of 41 yards. The Bengals were caught napping, though, on a pooch punt by K Phil Dawson.

COACHING: D -- The Bengals' performance dropped another notch without Palmer, but the defense continued to show improvement under coordinator Mike Zimmer. The offensive coaching staff, headed by coordinator Bob Bratkowski, can't get untracked, especially in the run game. The offensive line was supposed to be a team strength, yet it might be the poorest performing component of the team to date. Marvin Lewis fell to 42-42 in regular-season games as Bengals coach. He is 0-4 for the first time in six seasons.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: September 30, 2008

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