Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackleGeno Atkins
(97) against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Tough Bengals Defense
If you remember the Cincinnati team from 2014, then you will remember that their defense was pretty talented. Well, the talented players are still there for the Bengals.
Cincinnati’s defense is not the best defense in the NFL, but they deserve much more talk than they have had so far. Their defense has allowed an average of 18.9 points per game, which is the seventh lowest per game given up this year.
The Bengals offense makes their mistakes, but it is not hard for their group to score three touchdowns in a game. Scoring that much on average will win them games while playing with their good defense.
Many of the bigger names on the Bengals defense are in the front seven, starting with their star defensive tackle Geno Atkins and defensive end Carlos Dunlap.
Remember when the Browns drafted NT Danny Shelton? Cleveland’s goal with him is to have Shelton destroy the blocks in front of him and clog up running lanes. That is Atkins’ game.
Atkins on a regular basis gets past the man in front of him and closes off holes for opposing RBs to run through.
Not only that but Atkins has 5.0 sacks recorded this year. Dunlap also has 6.5 sacks recorded.
Then there are the men playing behind the defensive line such as linebackers Vontaze Burfict, former Ohio State Buckeye A.J. Hawk, and DBs Adam Jones, Dre Kirkptrick and Darqueze Dennard. This defense has caused 8 INTs and 5 fumbles up to this point in the 2015 season.
Their defense is loaded with talent and the Browns offense has slowed down a bit, which does not help Cleveland’s chances.
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