Cincinnati Bengals Defense Leads The Way

Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass and running for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals defense finished the regular season third in the NFL. It lead the way big yesterday in the team’s 34-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Just 18 seconds into the game yesterday afternoon, Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones had a pass snatched from a Ravens defender as quarterback Andy Dalton tried to thread needle on the first play “go route” down the sidelines. Obviously, it wasn’t the start fans and team wanted. But, the defense rise up and saved Dalton.

The Ravens began the drive at the Cincinnati 21 and came within yards of going up 7-0, but Zimmer’s unit came up big just like has it done all season. It was the sixth time in 12 redzone tries at Paul Brown Stadium, the defense didn’t let the opponent cross the end zone.

The defense has helped get the offense going all season. It will be vital in the team wild card game against the San Diego Chargers next weekend at home. The strength of this team is their defense period.

The back-to-back red zone drives that ended in Justin Tucker field goals were examples of how this defense has rise up in any situation since losing two of their best players to season ending injuries (Geno Atkins and Leon Hall).

This game could have very well been 14-0 Ravens in the first quarter. But the defense would not allow that to happen, and then AJ Green 53 yard touchdown catch gave Cincinnati a 7-6 lead at the end of first quarter.

Defenses wins championships right? This team has it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: Bengals, Cincinnati Bengals

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  • Ron Fulton

    Whoever called that pass in the end zone from the one yard line should be reprimanded at the very least. It takes great accuracy to complete these floater passes and Dalton is not accurate. Remove that play from the playbook.

    • Jesse Mapati

      I totally agree Ron, after a big run by Green Eills to set up 1st and goal and you throw a fade route? Just horrific! run it!

      • Ron Fulton

        It’s this kind of coaching that demands a change. What other owner would retain a coach for 11 years with a .500 record? Reminds me of the Reds when they won despite the manager and not because of him.

        • Jesse Mapati

          Yeah totally agree, Dusty was at Cincy for 6 years, got them relevant in 2010, but failed to make it back to playoffs in 2011, and 2012 well it was our year then collapse after blowing a 2-0 lead in NLDS. Then this season was inconsistent and they finally said its time to part ways, but Marvin gets 11 years, 0-4 in playoff games….. I don’t get it.

          • Ron Fulton

            I believe they must promote Zimmer to head coach or lose him after the playoffs. They are 3rd n the NFL in defense and he deserves it.

          • Jesse Mapati

            He should get the job after leading that defense without their two best players, I hope he won’t go