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Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense5th127.4 (12th)269.6 (8th)
Defense28th141.4 (28th)257.4 (22nd)

Last Game

Sun, October 19
Lucas Oil Stadium
on CBS Sports
Cincinnati Bengals
Indianapolis Colts

Game Leaders

Passing: A. Dalton (18-38, 126)
Rushing: G. Bernard (7-17)
Receiving: M. Sanu (3-54)

Passing: A. Luck (27-42, 344)
Rushing: T. Richardson (14-77)
Receiving: T. Hilton (7-107)


Sun Sep 7
W 23 - 16at BAL
Sun Sep 14
W 24 - 10ATL
Sun Sep 21
W 33 - 7TEN
Sun Oct 5
L 43 - 17at NE
Sun Oct 12
37 - 37CAR
Sun Oct 19
L 27 - 0at IND
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
on CBS SportsBAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 2
8:25 pm EST
Thu Nov 6
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
at NO
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
at HOU
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at TB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
at CLE
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 22
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
at PIT


Fantasy Analysis | 1413771334
Bengals defensive struggles continue
by Chris Towers |

The Bengals defense provided little resistance to the Colts in Week 7, in a 27-0 loss Sunday.

The Bengals defense was on the field for nearly 40 minutes Sunday, and was unable to sustain a solid star to the game. They held the Colts to 10 first-half points, but were tagged for 17 points in the second half, and ultimately surrendered 506 yards of total offense in the shutout loss. They did recover two fumbles while picking up a pair of sacks to make the final line look a little better from a Fantasy perspective.

The Bengals DST unit looked like one of the league's best in averaging 13 Fantasy points per game through three games. However, they have just 11 combined points over the last three, with a tough matchup against the Ravens on the way in Week 8. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413761512
Bengals struggles cost Mohamed Sanu
by Chris Towers |

Mohamed Sanu failed to make much of an impact in Week 7 against the Colts, but that might have been more the result of the Bengals' general offensive malaise than any failing on his part.

It is awfully hard to take anything from Sunday's game, as the Bengals were just out of sync all game long on offense. Sanu still racked up 54 yards on three receptions, and had nine passes thrown his way. Entering play Sunday, he had caught 67.5 percent of the passes thrown his way, so this is probably just a one-time issue.

Sanu is clearly the team's top option in the passing game with A.J. Green sidelined, but he cannot do it all by himself. Expect better from him in Week 8 against the Ravens. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413760649
Offensive issues stall Giovani Bernard in Week 7
by Chris Towers |

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard put together his worst game of the season in Week 7, but Fantasy owners probably shouldn't be too concerned about it.

Bernard ran the ball just seven times in the game for 17 yards, both of which are his lowest totals of the season. Of course, he wasn't really the problem, as the Bengals had just 135 yards of total offense in the game. It would have been hard for any running back to find success with that kind of pitiful showing by the team as a whole.

Bernard played a big part in everything the Bengals do, so it isn't much of a surprise that he couldn't find room to operate Sunday. He touched the ball a season-low nine times, and should be looking at a much larger role moving forward. Despite his subpar showing, Bernard should be active in all formats for Week 8 against the Ravens -- he already racked up 110 all-purpose yards against them in Week 1. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413760552
Jermaine Gresham's role growing for Bengals
by Chris Towers |

With A.J. Green out over the last two weeks, the Bengals have leaned heavily on Jermaine Gresham, who was once a forgotten man in the offense.

Gresham was supposed to be phased out of the offense this season, with Tyler Eifert's expected ascension to a larger role, and that held true early in the season. He had just eight catches on 13 targets through four games, but has now hauled in 16 passes over the last two games.

Of course, Gresham had just 48 yards on his 10 catches Sunday, which exemplifies his long-term issues. Gresham has been a solid target in the passing game, but has rarely come through with big plays, averaging just 10.3 yards per reception in his career. As long as Green is out, Gresham should see plenty of passes his way, but he might not do much with them.

At this point, Gresham looks like a reasonably useful option in PPR formats, but it is hard to see him being worth using otherwise moving forward. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413759700
Andy Dalton not reliable without A.J. Green
by Chris Towers |

Andy Dalton and the Bengals' offense failed to get much done in Week 7 against the Colts, and it was his second game of the season with fewer than 6 Fantasy points.

Dalton, coming off a 323-yard, two touchdown game in Week 6, managed to pass for just 126 yards Sunday. He completed just 18 of 38 passes in the game, against a Colts defense that had been third in the league in Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks.

This performance probably shouldn't change how anyone views Dalton; it was just an extreme example of what we've long known about him. He can be a useful Fantasy option at times, but it is asking too much from him to expect him to succeed against a tough defense without A.J. Green to throw to. As long as Green is out, Dalton should probably be avoided, especially with another tough matchup on the way in Week 8 against the Ravens. 

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