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Cincinnati Bengals Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-09

Cincinnati Bengals Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-09

--TB Cedric Benson, who rushed 10 times for 30 yards at Dallas, just five days after signing with the Bengals as a free agent, will get an expanded role Sunday at the Jets. Benson said he has focused this week on learning the pass game so his presence on the field doesn't tip off the defense that a run play is coming.

--LB Dhani Jones (foot) did not practice Wednesday but is expected back for the Jets.

--HB Kenny Watson (hamstring) re-signed Tuesday and practiced fully Wednesday. He practiced fully after having been slowed by a hamstring injury.

--LB Corey Mays (ankle) did not practice and is out for the Jets. He is a key special teams player.

--CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle) returned to practice fully for the first time since spraining his ankle in Week 2 against Tennessee.

--QB Carson Palmer (right elbow) was limited.

--S Dexter Jackson (thumb) was limited in practice after missing four games because of the injury.

--LT Levi Jones (knee) did not practice.

--DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder) was limited.

--DT Pat Sims (thigh) was limited.

GAME PLAN: The Bengals want to run the ball better than they have all season, coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday. The Bengals would like to limit the amount of time Brett Favre and his receivers have on the field. They have been poor against the run and expect the Jets to run hard at them with Thomas Jones.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Bengals QB Carson Palmer vs. Jets pass defense -- The Jets are susceptible in the pass game, witness their 31st ranking at 265 yards allowed a game. They are allowing 68.2 percent completions. CB Darrelle Revis is playing well and has three interceptions. But the rest of the secondary has been poor, and offenses are picking on rookie CB Dwight Lowery. New York is getting a solid pass rush with 13 sacks in four games. LB Bryan Thomas has four and DE Shaun Ellis three. This game could be the one the Bengals get the ball to Chad Ocho Cinco, who has just 14 receptions and one touchdown in five games.

Jets RB Thomas Jones vs. Bengals run defense -- New York is faring only a little better than the Bengals in the rush game. It is ranked 26th and is gaining 3.8 yards a carry, compared to 3.3 for the Bengals. Thomas Jones is the workhorse, running 67 times for 254 yards (3.8-yard average) with a long of 16 yards and one touchdown. Though the Bengals' run defense is better, they have allowed 229, 177 and 198 yards rushing in three of their five losses. The Bengals are 27th in rush defense at 167.6 yards a game.


--CB Johnathan Joseph practiced fully Wednesday, for the first time since sustaining an ankle sprain in Week 2 against Tennessee. He played Sunday at Dallas as a backup, and his return helps the pass defense against Brett Favre and the Jets.

--Of course, all eyes are on Carson Palmer's elbow. He was limited in practice Wednesday and the decision whether he plays Sunday will be made later in the week. Ryan Fitzpatrick would start.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: October 9, 2008

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