The defense had a second game where they did everything in their power to shut down the opposing offense and give their guys a chance to win.
The defense held their opponents to just 13 offensive points, which was an excellent showing considering how little the offense helped them out. Chicago was able to start three drives on a shortened field after the Bengals’ three turnovers (there was nothing the defense can do about a pick-six) and still held the Bears to just 13 points.
The pressure got to Dalton and Fields multiple times and clearly rattled the young quarterback when he had to take over the game. Cincinnati was able to turn the tide with the play of their defense, getting an interception and return down to the Chicago seven. When the offense was struggling, it was the defense that was able to step up and make big plays.
If there is a bright spot to this loss, it’s that the defense looks good. Holding the opposition to just 13 points is something I would take every week and it gives hope the Bengals can do this again.
Last year the only way for this team to win was in a shootout, but it seems the pieces are in place for Joe Burrow to just need to put together a solid outing to win the game, thanks to a defense that is keeping the scoring low.