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Is Michael Johnson the Best Defensive Player Thus Far?

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Jul 25, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson walks off the field during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

In the Chicago game, a lot of fans complained that the defensive line did not get any sacks. While trying to look for reasons why the Bengals lost, one must take a look at the positives of that game. Both Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap combined for twelve total pressures on Jay Cutler.

Johnson was in on stops and helped the Bengals keep Matt Forte to a 2.6 YPC, which is not easy to do. The game was overall a disappointment, but it gave some hope that this defense could become one of the best in the league, and arguably the best. So far, Johnson has played arguably the best out of all the Cincinnati Bengals defenders.

He’s recorded over 14 pressures already this year, and we are only two games in. He has four quarterback hits and shows he can still get to the quarterback. Johnson will have a true test Sunday as the Bengals bring in the Green Bay Packers. The Bengals are viewed as underdogs in this game, but many believe they will put up a fight.