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Cincinnati Bengals Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-10


Cincinnati Bengals Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-10
PLAYER NOTES


--DE Antwan Odom (shoulder), who has missed three games in a row, has a chance to return in time for the game Sunday at home against the Redskins.

--SS Chinedum Ndukwe (foot) could be back for Washington.

--CB David Jones (knee) has an opportunity to play Sunday.

--LT Levi Jones (hamstring) was one of a few players coach Marvin Lewis was less certain about. Lewis said that defensive end/linebacker Eric Henderson (neck) and tight end Ben Utecht (foot) were less likely to return in time for Sunday's game against Washington.

--RBs Kenny Watson (hamstring) and Chris Perry (groin) are still dealing with their injuries. Perry aggravated his injury at Indianapolis.

REPORT CARD VS. COLTS

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- The Bengals allowed five sacks. Bengals quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was intercepted twice, including a pick returned 85 yards for a touchdown by Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden. The Bengals have not score a touchdown in 11 full quarters. Fullback Daniel Coats dropped what should have been a touchdown pass.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D - The Bengals did better Sunday against the Colts, but they still were held to a 3.4-yard average on 24 attempts. Cedric Benson ran 16 times for 57 yards. It's evident the loss of fullback Jeremi Johnson has hurt the Bengals' run game.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- The Bengals might have gotten close to Peyton Manning once on a pass rush but collected no sacks. Manning carved up a depleted secondary (as well as a line missing starters) with a 26-for-32 passing day for 277 yards and three touchdowns. Six different receivers had at least three receptions.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- The Bengals did a good job against a poor running team. The Colts ran 20 times for 57 yards, but the biggest gaffe was on a 17-yard touchdown run by Dominic Rhodes on which safety Kyries Hebert and cornerback Leon Hall missed tackles. Joseph Addai had just 10 carries for 26 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- Shayne Graham made his only field goal attempt, but punter Kyle Larson averaged just 31.8 yards on four kicks. Andre Caldwell is the future kickoff returner, and he had six returns for a 26.3-yard average.

COACHING: F -- Marvin Lewis' team continues to play hard but was overwhelmed by the Colts. Injuries have crippled the Bengals; 22 players have gone to IR. Still, Bob Bratkowski's offense has not scored a touchdown in 11 consecutive quarters. The line is not run blocking or pass blocking well.



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Added: December 10, 2008

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