Bengals Defense: Does More Sacks Mean Fewer Turnovers?

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Nov 6, 2011; Nashville,TN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington (85) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

This season the Bengals’ defense has caused much excitement and consternation all at the same time. While the defense is only the ninth unit since 2000 to rack up 17 sacks through four games, the team has also only generated one interception and forced two fumbles.

Even more disheartening is the yardage and points allowed. The Bengals rank 25th in points allowed and 19th in yardage. But, most importantly, the Bengals have scored more points than the opposition in three out of the four games that they have played this season.

But none of this is news. What is important is that the lack of turnovers, with the depleted secondary only generating one Chris Crocker interception in his first week back, might be related to the unusually high amount of sacks for the Bengals.

Since Mike Zimmer joined the team in 2009, the Bengals have seen a few trends. Of course, when the team had two outstanding cornerbacks on the outside, Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph, Zimmer could play more man coverage. But still, the duo had six each in 2009 and the next season Joseph had 3 and Hall had 2.

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