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The Bengals offense has made some strides in 2012. Lingering issues remain, but Andy Dalton has shown us that he and the Bengals receivers (when on the same page) can put up some serious points, and fast.
However, while the Bengals are fourth in the league in first-half points (14.8 average), their second-quarter stats are beating their first-quarter numbers by two TD's at 44-30 in points.
If we disregard the Mo Sanu TD bomb in Week 3, the Bengals offense hasn't fared well at the very beginning of games, and they seem to tail off in the second half of match-ups, averaging 10.2 yards so far this year.
A fast start in Cleveland will put the pressure on early, and decrease the amount of Trent Richardson the Bengals have to contend with.
If Cincy are going to continue to fall off the wagon in the second half of games, they need to make the most of their opening possessions.
If they can get out in front in the first quarter, they can slow things down in the second half and embrace Marvin Lewis' love for winning the time-of-possession battle, and with it, a W.