Cincinnati has allowed an average of 12 points per game in their last six contests. The next five best team over that stretch are Denver(16.2), Baltimore(20.1), New England(21.7), Houston (26.7), and Indianapolis(28.3). The Bengals held the Pittsburgh Steelers to 10 points on Sunday
In the Steelers’ Week 7 win over Cincinnati, RB Jonathan Dwyer gashed the Bengals for 122 yards. This time, the Bengals held him to just just 39 yards on 14 carries (2.8 ypc).
The Bengals have been able to rely on their defensive line to generate a consistent pass rush, as they’ve accounted for 32.5 of the Bengals’ NFL-leading The most sacks on the Bengals are all linemen in Geno Atkins (12.5), Michael Johnson (9.5), Carlos Dunlap (5), Wallace Gilberry (5.5) and Robert Geathers (3). The d-line accounted for all four sacks of Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday.
The Bengals put together a clinic on defense, holding Pittsburgh to 2 of 14 on third down conversions (14 percent).
After snagging three receptions for 38 yards Sunday, Jermaine Gresham has had 27 straight games in which he’s recorded at least three catches.
On a day when the Bengals were offensively challenged the defense forced two crucial turnovers that lead to 10 points: one being a pick-six, and the other being a Reggie Nelson interception with 24 seconds left that set up the game-winning field goal.