Bengals Defense Needs To Man Up Before Facing Brady

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Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey (57) looks on during the game against the San Diego Chargers in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated San Diego 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey (57) looks on during the game against the San Diego Chargers in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated San Diego 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports /
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Bengals Defense Needs To Man Up Before Facing Brady
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The Bengals defense was shredded in Week 5. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are waiting in Foxboro. It’s time to man up.

When the season started, there wasn’t much reason to believe the Cincinnati Bengals would struggle. A come from behind win over the New York Jets signaled the year would start like it did in 2015. The Bengals would dominate their competition and roll into the playoffs. But, going into their Week 6 battle with the Patriots, the defense is reeling. The defense needs to man up in the worst way.  

Everybody needs to take a deep look at themselves

The 28-14 beatdown by the Dallas Cowboys was a wake-up call. The Bengals defense was pushed around like a cheap toy truck. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 134 yards and looked nothing like a rookie. A huge part of Elliott’s success was due to the Dallas O-line. The Cowboys offensive line created huge holes and embarrassed the Bengals front four. 

Not only did the front four look lost, the rest of the defense was just as bad. Dak Prescott looked like the second coming of Roger Staubach. The rookie needed only 18 completions to get 227 yards on the Bengals’ secondary. Yeah, that’s right. Prescott was close to a first down with each connection.

Let’s be real. The Bengals are going to lose games. This isn’t the miracle season of last year when the Orange and Black rolled to an 8-0 record. In fact, this team is actually missing a few key pieces. Could the savvy decisions of the offseason be coming back to haunt the defense?

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