Carlos Dunlap will face struggling right tackle Michael Schofield on Monday night. He could easily set his season-high game total with a solid performance.
The Bengals’ left end has made several game-changing plays this season, including two blocked field goals, two forced fumbles and a 21-yard fumble recovery. Dunlap’s incredible length and quick-twitch reflexes have helped him become one of the NFL’s premiere speed rushers on the outside. And with DPOY candidate Geno Atkins wreaking havoc on the interior, the Bengals have found themselves a potent pass-rushing duo.
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On Monday night, Dunlap will face Broncos right tackle
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Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler has been sacked 3.2 times per game since taking over as Denver’s starter, but he’s been sacked five times in two games this season. Meanwhile, Carlos Dunlap has only managed two sacks in the past six games after tallying seven and a half in his first eight games.
Geno Atkins will be playing through sickle cell trait, which could slow him down, giving Dunlap more opportunities to finish off sacks. In addition, Dunlap is only two sacks away from becoming the Bengals’ all-time official sack leader. The defensive end will have plenty of motivation to become the team leader by the end of the 2015 season.
Dunlap managed a sack against Denver last season and will look to bring down Osweiler as often as possible in Cincinnati’s most important game of the season. A dominant performance from Dunlap could lead to a Cincinnati victory; after all, the Bengals are 7-1 in games when the defensive end records a sack.