Healthy secondary key to slowing down Aaron Rodgers

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Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick falls back into pass coverage against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

They lost cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to a hamstring injury, and starting CB Adam Jones is battling a hip and abdomen injury that’s causing a noticeable drop-off in his play. The next CB on the depth chart, Brandon Ghee, has been ruled out of Sunday’s contest with a concussion, and the team signed CB Curtis Marsh off the street this week, and he may get significant snaps this week.

But he’s been relegated to special teams for his two seasons in the league, and Rodgers has to be licking his chops at the thought of facing this secondary on Sunday.

In order to win Sunday, the Bengals can ill-afford to lose any of their top CBs in Leo Hall, Terence Newman or Jones, and the safeties have to play very well, given the fact that they’ll be in most of the plays with the Bengals’ inability to go with many 4-CB looks with just one safety in.

 

 

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