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Week in Review: 3 Things That Need To Happen For Bengals

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2. Stay Healthy/More Pressure on Offensive and Defensive Line: Staying healthy seems like an obvious assessment, but with little depth on both sides of the line it is an extra important requirement for the Bengals to make this a successful 2012 season. The Bengals had struggles on the offensive line at the guard position last year which led to the inability of the offensive line to get a consistent push for their running backs to get past the line of scrimmage.

This year the Bengals have new faces at both starting guard positions in Travelle Wharton and Kevin Zeitler and are hoping that these additions will solve their lack of physicality on the offensive front. But the concern for Cincinnati is that there is little to no depth at these positions that they narrowly shored up.

While Wharton and Zeitler will be great additions, the Bengals cannot afford any injuries to an already thin offensive line.

The Bengals are also just as thin on the defensive line.  While the defensive tackle position looks stout with Geno Atkins, Domata Peko, and rookie Devon Still the end position may be in need of veteran insurance. Robert Geathers has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss the next few weeks as a result. The Bengals remain confident that Geathers will be ready for the teams September 10 opener but his production has stooped lately. Geathers recorded only 3 sacks last season, although his presence did contribute to the emergence of Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins.

Although the Bengals had a top 10 defense last season they need to improve the pass-rush as not one single defensive player had double-digit sacks.

They recently released DE Derrick Harvey, and hope Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap can stay healthy enough to form a formidable tandem.

Mike Zimmer likes to get pressure on the quarterback from the safety position with exotic blitzes, so Zimmer will also be depending on free safety Reggie Nelson, and strong safeties Taylor Mays, George Iloka and the others.