For the better part of the last two decades, “Welcome to the Jungle”, a song by Guns-N-Roses that came out in 1987, has been blasting through the speakers of Paul Brown Stadium. Ironically enough, it was in the 1988 season the Cincinnati Bengals went 12-4 and made it to the Super Bowl. If they hope to do that this year, it will be on the strength of a defense that’s as good as any in the NFL right now.
The Bengals are now 7-0 at home, and in those games, the defense has held the opposing offense to two touchdowns or less five times. Dating back to last year (not counting Week 17 vs. Ravens where starters rested), it’s the eighth time in the past 10 games they’ve accomplished that.
Against the Vikings Sunday, the defense forced four turnovers and now have 20 on the year in six home games, and average of over three per game. Sunday’s four TOs forced was also the third time in the past five games they’ve accomplished that feat.
Their fifth defensive TD of the season at home came on Vincent Rey’s pick-six to break the game open in the second quarter.
“Turnovers definitely decided the game,” said All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson, who sat out the second half with the game out of reach. “We put them in a position to play the game the way they wanted to play. It’s tough getting behind the 8-ball like we did.”