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Bengals Banter: Smothering defense; Vets step up

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Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Geno Atkins (97) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in teh first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated New England 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran safety Chris Crocker has been a reliable option on defense since mike Zimmer became the defensive coordinator, and Sunday’s performance was one of the more special moments in slamming the door on the Patriots offense and stopping Brady’s consecutive TD streak:

"“Honestly, I don’t think any of the DBs even knew it. Zim knows stuff like that but we could care less. Our whole onus this week was all they talk about it Brady, Hall of Fame quarterback, doesn’t really matter all the receivers he has. Just felt like, we are pretty doggone good in the back end. We can play. We take that as a challenge. Let us step up our game. After this game they’ll be talking about our defensive backs, our defense. That’s what we did today. We really smothered those guys all day.”"

Defensive tackle Domata Peko echoed those sentiments in saying how important it was to keep pressuring Brady the entire game:

"“I could tell from the get go once we hit him early he was kind of shaky in the pocket. The majoritty of the time he was on his back. They were helping him up every other play. You do that to any quarterback, doesn’t matter if it’s a Hall of Famer.”"