How the Bengals Won on Defense

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Nov 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) makes a catch while being defend by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) in the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

 

The Bengals also entered the game sporting one of the league’s worst secondary units, allowing 7.9 yards per pass attempt as a team, which was seventh-worst in the NFL. Giants receiver Victor Cruz came into today seventh in the NFL with 717 receiving yards. The Bengals opted to have their best corner in Leon Hall cover Cruz in the slot today, and did an outstanding job, holding him without a reception until the middle of the third-quarter, but by then the Bengals had built a double-digit lead. He finished the game with three receptions for 26 yards. 

Cincinnati also dominated the turnover battle. After accounting for just nine turnovers all year, the Bengals forced the giants into four turnovers in a 14-minute span of the second-half. In that same span, the score ballooned from 17-6 to 31-6 and put the game out of reach. This also came against the NFL’s second-best team in turnover margin with a 14+ turnover differential.

While everyone will look at Andy Dalton’s career-high 4 TD passes and the 31 points put up by the offense, the Bengals defense deserves as much praise if not more for their dominance of one of the NFL’s most efficient offenses.

 

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