The Cincinnati Bengals have shown signs of great potential this season on their way to a 3-2 record. There is no question the defense has played a huge part in the team’s success. In fact, the stifling defense should definitely intimidate any opponent the Bengals face.
Cincinnati defeated a very talented Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots team, while also falling to the Cleveland Browns in a game that most fans would like to forget. The focus should be on the Packers and Patriots mainly because of how good the quarterbacks are. To slow down Aaron Rodgers and keep Tom Brady out of the end zone is no easy task. The Bengals should certainly take pride in their accomplishments, while using the same tactics when facing other quarterbacks this year.
One reason Cincinnati’s defense has been so successful is because of how physical they have played.
“Today we competed and we covered,” head coach Marvin Lewis said after Sunday’s win, according to Bengals.com. “We got away from man-to-man coverage, we played physical and that’s what we have to do. That’s our calling card. Otherwise, who are we? That’s the way we have to play football all the time. We’re not going out-cute anybody. We’ve got to be physical and we’ve got to body up on people and play that way.”
The physical play is a big reason why the Bengals have limited opponents to 221.2 passing yards, 95.6 rushing yards and an impressive 17.4 points per game this season. Let’s be honest, holding Brady and New England’s offense to 13 points is unbelievable.
There is no doubt in my mind that Cincinnati’s defense will pave the way to an AFC North division title. Now, if only the offense could catch up.