Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Observations From Win Over Jets

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Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) makes a catch over New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) makes a catch over New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Observations From Win Over Jets
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4.) Run defense has to improve

In his Jets’ debut, running back Matt Forte ran very well against the Bengals’ defense, pounding out 4.4 yards-per-carry on 22 attempts. With the Bengals leading by four in the third quarter following Jeremy Hill‘s 12-yard touchdown run, the duo of Forte and Bilal Powell combined for 72 yards on the ground before the Jets had to settle for a chip-shot field goal in the red zone.

Overall, Cincinnati was out-rushed 152-57; usually not a winning formula, but they survived. This is not the norm in a typical Bengals’ defense, one that ranked seventh against the run last year, yielding 92.3 yards-per-game. Much like the play of the offensive line, the Bengals’ upcoming slate of opponents makes fixing the issue a necessity.

In the next four weeks, they will face the likes of DeAngelo Williams, CJ Anderson, Arian Foster, and Ezekiel Elliot.

There is some good news about the run defense, though. The last time the Bengals opened the season against the Jets on the road, Curtis Martin ran for 196 yards (100 more than Forte) and a touchdown in a 31-24 Jets’ win in 2004.

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