Week 11 Tale Of The Tape: Cincinnati Bengals At Denver Broncos
- QuarterbackWhile nothing is official, it sure seems that this is the end of the line for head coach Marvin Lewis, and it’s unlikely that quarterback Andy Dalton has a great future with the Bengals either. Dalton has always been a solid physical talent with size, strength and a great fastball, but his tendency to make key mistakes when the game is on the line is a big problem.The Broncos have lost five games in a row, and head coach Vance Joseph is having a difficult time lifting his team out of its funk. Brock Osweiler came through with a solid performance against the Patriots in Week 10, but it was not enough to help the Broncos overcome special-teams mistakes and defensive problems.
- OffenseThe Bengals lack of productivity on offense can be traced back to the start of the season when they did not score an offensive touchdown in the first two weeks of the season. While they have certainly picked it up since then, they rank 31st in yards gained. WR A.J. Green has 44-693-5 with eight receptions of 20 yards or more, but the Cincinnati running game has been a disaster (631 yards, 3.1 yards per carry).The running game has been quite productive as C.J. Anderson and ex-Chief Jamaal Charles have both done a decent job in combining for 810 yards. The combination of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders is solid, but the quarterback play has not been good enough to take full advantage of their talents.
- DefenseThe Bengals have a hard-hitting, nasty defense that will cross the line into dirty play at times. Outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict can’t stay away from the undisciplined type of penalties that regularly cost his team, and Lewis does little to stop him. DT Geno Atkins has 6.0 sacks is almost impossible to move in the middle of the defensive line, and DE Carl Lawson has 5.5 sacks.The Broncos are going through something of a crisis in confidence during the current losing streak. While it’s not all on the defense, Denver gave up 55 points to the Eagles in Week Nine and they followed that up by allowing 41 points to the Pats. It will be up to linebackers Von Miller (8.0 sacks) and Brandon Marshall (66 tackles) to turn this unit around.
- Special TeamsThe Bengals have some talent on special teams but their performance has been rather ordinary to this point in the year. Randy Bullock has made 8-of-10 FG attempts, but has not attempted a field goal of 50 yards or more. Kevin Huber is averaging 48.0 yards per punt.The Broncos had a disastrous special teams effort against New England, as they fumbled a punt, allowed a kickoff return for a TD and also had a punt blocked. Beleaguered special teams coach Brock Olivo has had problems all season, and the Broncos are in big trouble in this area.
The Bengals don’t have much going for them, but the Broncos look like a snake-bitten team who may not win more than two games the rest of the year.