7 “explosive plays”
Cincinnati’s defense gave up the same number of explosive plays they did last week, seven. The Bengals continued to lead the NFL in such plays heading into the game against the Steelers.
Regrettably, they were true to form again. The Bengals surrendered five passes over 20 yards and two rushes of 10 or more yards.
Wide receiver George Pickens almost averaged an explosive play per reception, catching three passes for 58 yards with an average of 19.3. The former Georgia Bulldog wideout was a veritable walking explosive play.
Several other plays did not quite meet the threshold to count as explosive plays but were close. This includes a couple of runs of nine yards and several passes of 15 or more yards.
So not only did the Bengals give up a bunch of yards to a struggling offense, but Cincinnati’s defense continues to allow chunk plays in both the pass and run games. Yet another constant for the defense this season that is full of unfortunate constants.