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Cincinnati Bengals: Putting Emphasis on the Red Zone


November 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Bengals won 28-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals had the 12th best scoring offense in the NFL last year. And the players are only set on improving that number.

Specifically, everyone at the Bengals facilities is talking about more success in the red zone.

“You’re closer to the end zone, and the end zone is six points, Mohamed Sanu said. “We need touchdowns. The more points we put on the board, the better it is for our defense and the easier it is for us to win.”

And Dalton agreed, saying “That’s when you score points when you get down there. You know you have to get points, but you have to at least get a field goal. If you have a chance to hit a play, you have to hit them.”

In a changing game where offense is being stressed, the Bengals just have the same mindset as everyone else. After all, the game ultimately comes down to who has more points.

The Bengals red zone defense, on the other hand, is potentially one of the best in the league. Through the last eight weeks of the 2012 regular season, Cincinnati allowed just five offensive touchdowns in the red zone. One of those didn’t matter at the end of the game against the Giants, and two came against Baltimore in the season finale, when both teams were resting their starters.

So score as many times in the red zone as possible and give up as little points as you can. It would see the Bengals have a pretty good mindset heading into 2013.