The Cincinnati Bengals enter Sunday’s contest against the Cleveland Browns with a 2-1 record, and both wins have been on the strength of the team’s defense. They’ll be put to the test this week, as they’ll be without their starting cornerback in Leon Hall, who injured his hamstring during last week’s win over the Green bay Packers after shutting down their receivers for much of the day.
They’ll also be without starting free safety Reggie Nelson, and who plays the role of centerfielder in Mike Zimmer’s defensive schemes, which allows him to play a lot of Cover-1 and keep more defenders closer to the line of scrimmage, which would have been big this week in defending tight end Jordan Cameron, who’s coming off of a 3-touchdown performance vs the Minnesota Vikings.
One other defender they’ll be without is Dre Kirkpatrick, who was slated to get a starter’s amount of reps with Hall out. The Bengals play almost exclusively in a nickle-defense, so not having Hall meant the next man up would have gotten a hefty amount of reps.