The Cincinnati Bengals season started on Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens with a deflating loss, Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about the connections between Andy Dalton and AJ Green, and how the Ravens would implement the no huddle offense with Joe Flacco and Ray Rice, but the key to this game was expected to lie in the trenches.
The Bengals’ underrated defensive line against the Ravens aging offensive line proved to be a favorable matchup for the Bengals, as they repeatedly got pressure on Flacco while sacking him 3 times and getting a number of hits on him, and even forced in him into three bad passes that should have been interceptions, but the Bengals secondary played so badly Monday night, it completely wiped away any good thing the d-line was able to do, and by the middle of the third-quarter, they were worn down and lost their fighting spirit.
Obviously Carlos Dunlap didn’t play in this game, and its unknown if he will return this week against the Browns, but thankfully the Bengals still have defensive line depth that can fill the void. Robert Geathers is an underrated player on this team. He may not be a premiere pass rusher or anything like that, but he is the best DE against the run. Geathers is aware and gives a nice veteran presence onto this defense.
Michael Johnson has been productive on this team, and some Bengals fans have pointed out that they believe he is going to have a break out year. Johnson has done well by putting pressure on the QB. Johnson also was on the field the most out of all the DEs last season. It is believed that Johnson will put up the best numbers of his career thus far this season.