The Bears Try to Box up the Bengals
Even with a Cover 3 look, Tillman and Tim Jennings barely give up any ground at all, playing very close to the line considering the single-high safety formation. As soon as A.J. Green broke in on a slant route, Tillman crashed down to box out Green, beating him to the spot and grabbing the interception.
Tillman made a giant gamble, but it paid off. Soon after, Sanu received the same treatment from linebacker James Anderson.
The Bears, this time, lined up in the regular Tampa 2, with two safeties high and the cornerbacks playing the flats. Truthfully, with that look, Dalton should have thrown to Jermaine Gresham, whose corner route in the high-low combination was a perfect Cover 2 beater. But that’s nit-picking.
Sanu lined up in the slot, with Tyler Eifert lined up on the outside, an interesting look shown throughout the day. Sanu ran the comeback route, and Anderson crashed down hard. Sanu then realized he was short of the marker on a third down, so he drifted backwards.
That lost the little leverage he had against Anderson in the first place. Cincinnati was lucky the ball wasn’t intercepted again, or else Sanu would have even more to think about this week.