Bengals D catches break without Vince Young

September, 11, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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While starting quarterback Vince Young deals with knee and possible personal issues, the Tennessee Titans will travel Sunday to play the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals' defense could catch a break Sunday by facing backup quarterback Kerry Collins, who is less dynamic than Young and only has one start the past two seasons. Tennessee built its offense around Young and now has to adjust on the fly this week for more of a drop-back passing style that Collins, 35, provides.

"Yeah, he has a different style," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters in Cincinnati on Wednesday. "I'm sure there will be some [different] things, movement-wise...We'll see how it unfolds on Sunday."

What won't change is the Titans' physical rushing attack. Led by rookie tailback Chris Johnson (15 carries, 93 yards), Tennessee pounded the ball against a tough Jacksonville Jaguars defense to take a 17-10 victory.

The Bengals should expect even more running with a backup quarterback in the fold. Cincinnati also struggled last week against the run during a 17-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, particularly in the fourth quarter when Baltimore successfully protected the lead.

"When you allow them to keep the ball the last six minutes and ground up the yardage, 130 yards in rushing yardage, then that's ridiculous," Lewis said. "That leaves you with a sour taste, leaves you as a coach feeling violated."

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