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Monday Night: Playoff Implications?

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Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a 45 yard touchdown pass over Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

So this brings us to our beloved Cincinnati Bengals. Knowing that they had an uncharacteristic game on defense against the Bears, I am still willing to bet, that they give the Steelers some trouble on Monday Night.  A.J. Green was able to torch the Bear secondary last week which was tops in the NFL last year in terms of take aways. However, the Bengals did give the ball away 3 times last week, which in end result led to the loss, but let’s take another look at the turnovers.

The first interception on the second pass of the game was a well-timed jumped route by the Bears. Andy Dalton should never have thrown that ball, but interceptions are part of the game. The second interception was a dropped pass that fell right into the hands of the Bears secondary. So a little more focus would have led to a 29 yard completion instead of a pick. The third and final turnover turned out to be the dagger for the Bengals.

After a nice catch and run by Mohamed Sanu, he turned his shoulders to the inside of the field, and a helmet popped the ball out. It was not a stereotypical helmet forced fumble because of so little contact so I can’t give the Bears 100% credit on it; however, against a team that is notorious for stripping and interception the ball, you need to be more cautious.