The Bengals have won eight straight games in this, the 2015-2016 Season, most of them quite handily. Franchise quarterback Andy Dalton utilizes the talents of an excellent corps of wide receivers to score points early and often in most games.
This is a squad so offensively capable that it can probably win even high-scoring games by putting more points on the board than its opponent. But, it is this team’s stifling defense that generally “seals the deal” and leads to wins for the squad from Ohio.
The Bengals defense features dominant players like Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, Rey Maualuga, and Adam Jones who are all a handful for opposing offenses to deal with. Strong performances from these players along with other defensive players are a reason that the Bengals have had a good season and are undefeated with the top spot in the competitive AFC North. The AFC North also features the Pittsburg Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and Cleveland Browns.
Cincinnati’s highly-rated and respected defense is ranked Number Four in the entire league for points allowed per game. The team gives up just 17.75 points, the equivalent of two touchdowns and a field goal.
That low scoring total means that the Bengals have a truly dominant defense. There are, of course, other statistics that lend credence to the belief that in Cincinnati “defense rules.” For instance, the Bengals give up just one hundred five rushing yards per game, a number that puts this squad in the “Top Ten” in that critically important category.
Additionally, and of equal importance, Cincinnati has been forcing 1.50 turnovers in every game it has played. Put another way, the Bengals are intercepting passes and forcing fumbles, key elements in victories for all teams in the National Football League.
Plus, as every rabid fan of the Bengals knows, this squad fields a superior secondary that, when combined with its pass rush, has made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. Teams that play Cincinnati have been able to muster just about two hundred forty-four yards through the air in every sixty minute contest.
The Bengals also are allowing just 5.06 yards per play, well below the league average of 5.56 yards per play. It stands to reason that if an opponent has trouble rushing the football and trouble completing passes, it will find it difficult to reach the end zone and score points.
Teams that line up against Cincinnati have those troubles. It is one of the key reasons why the Bengals are one of three undefeated teams in the league after eight games. Cincinnati has also managed to avoid too many serious injuries to key performers.
When one considers that this squad is relatively healthy and extremely talented, it seems clear, even obvious, that the Cincinnati Bengals may be able to do something “special” this year.
The truth is that it would surprise nobody if this determined squad represented the American Football Conference in the Super Bowl.
There is no doubt that the Bengals have the talent needed to get to “the big game.”
Courtesy of Rant Sports