November 4, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (91) as he drops back to pass during the first quarter of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Jay Gruden Welcomes Challenge of Blocking Giants' Stout Defensive Line


After facing a Denver Broncos defense that featured as good a pass-rush as you’ll see in the NFL on Sunday, the Bengals won’t be getting any reprieve this upcoming Sunday against the New York Giants currently are tied with the Chicago Bears for the third-most sacks in the NFL with 25. Led by DEs Jason Pierre-Paul (7), Osi Umenyiora (4), and Justin Tuck (3), as well as DT Linval Joseph (4), the Giants defensive line has mauled opposing QBs all season-long while the Bengals have allowed the 8th-most sacks in the NFL (22).

But despite all of this, Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden isn’t backing down from the challenge of having his o-line provide adequate protection for Andy Dalton, despite watching his unit give up five sacks last week vs. the Denver Broncos. When asked about facing the Giants d-line, Gruden simply responded:

Great test for us. We welcome the challenge. They just lost a big close game this week (to Pittsburgh), so they’ll be anxious to get back on the field.


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