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Bengals Should Put Pressure on Bills RG

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According to's Geoff Hobson, Buffalo Bills starting right guard Kraig Urbik is still battling a knee injury and hasn't practiced for the second straight day. He'll likely sit out in week four like he did in week three which means that the Bills starting right guard will likely be either Colin Brown or Chad Rinehart.

Brown was a fifth-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was placed on season ending Injured Reserve before the '09 season started and then he was released by the Chiefs prior to the 2010 season. He was signed to the Baltimore Ravens depth chart after that. Brown then played in the UFL's Hartford Colonials for a short period of time before making his way to the Bills in on December 14 last season. 

Rinehart was a third-round pick in the 2008 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins. He didn't play at all his rookie year and only played in four games in his second year. He was released before the 2009 season and was picked up by the Bills. Throughout the 2010 season and so far in the 2011 season with the Bills, Rinehart has played in seven games and has started in four. He started last weekend against the Patriots.

In that game, Rinehart got a ProFootballFocus grade of 0.1 overall, 0.7 pass blocking and -0.1 in run blocking. If you're not familiar with PFF's grading criteria, that's about average or slightly above average. 

The Patriots' last-ranked defense may not have been a huge challenge for Rinehart but the Bengals' third-ranked defense could be. Brown will have to face Domata Peko, Pat Sims and Geno Atkins as well as Jonathan Fanene if he plays on the interior line.

The interior defensive linemen of the Cincinnati Bengals have combined for 41 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble. 

Facing the Bengals interior linemen as well as a blitzing linebacker or two could be overwhelming for a guard that doesn't have a lot of experience, especially on the road. Mike Zimmer will likely think this is a weak point on the line and send some pressure in that direction. If the Bengals can not only stop Fred Jackson but get some pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick from the defensive linemen, the Bills' third-ranked offense could be in for a long day.