I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the Bengals’ offense played so much better last Sunday without Cedric Ogbuehi at right tackle.
Ogbuehi, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2015, hasn’t been able to block anybody this season, and the coaches finally decided to bench him last Sunday.
In his place, veteran Eric Winston did an excellent job on pass and run blocking in Cincinnati’s 32-14 win over the Eagles.
Winston and Ogbuehi had alternated at right tackle in some games earlier this season, with little success.
The Eagles dared the Bengals to pass by stacking the line of scrimmage, and Cincy quarterback Andy Dalton ended up throwing for over 300 yards.
It’s just too bad the Bengals (4-7-1) waited so long to bench Ogbuehi.
Had they done it earlier, the team might have still been in the playoff hunt.
Ohio State earning the third seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff shows just how little conference championships mean to the playoff committee.
The Buckeyes went 11-1 and earned their spot in the CFP, but OSU actually lucked out by losing to Penn State.
By falling to the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes were able to avoid playing in the Big Ten championship game, where a loss to Wisconsin might have cost them a berth in the playoff.
Also, Ohio State has an advantage by playing one fewer game, since that was one less game where key players might have been injured.
The Buckeyes have a good chance of beating Clemson in the semifinal – if the OSU offense shows up and plays all out for four quarters.
Trivia Time – Bengals’ tackle Cedric Ogbuehi played college football at Texas A&M.
This week’s question – Who has the most losses as a head coach in NFL history?
Reach Steve Stout at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @udcstout