Monday, December 24, 2012
Upon Further Review: Bengals
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Cincinnati Bengals' 13-10 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers:
The Bengals were surpassed by the Broncos for the league lead in sacks, but that shouldn't diminish the Cincinnati pass rush.
Unlike other teams, the Bengals don't have to blitz to get to the quarterback, which was evident in how they collapsed the pocket on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Cincinnati sacked Roethlisberger four times on 24 dropbacks (one every six dropbacks) when sending a standard pass rush Sunday, the most times Roethlisberger has been sacked against four or fewer pass rushers over the past two seasons.
Sticking with a four-man rush has been the norm for the Bengals. Cincinnati entered the game ranking in the top five in sacks (29) and dropbacks per sack (one every 14.3 dropbacks) sending standard pressure.
As a result, the five players with the most sacks on the Bengals are all linemen: Geno Atkins (13), Michael Johnson (9.5), Carlos Dunlap (5), Wallace Gilberry (5) and Robert Geathers (3).
STAT THAT STICKS: 29 -- Straight seasons without making the playoffs in back-to-back years, which came to an end Sunday. It had been the longest active streak in the NFL.
OVERHEARD: "Marvin Lewis said everybody has talked about how we haven't beat the Steelers since we have been here. It feels good to get a win especially coming down to the last play. We were able to convert and get us a chance to get a field goal. It's a tough place to play here. For us to come here and get a win in this place is huge. Not only get a win but get us into the playoffs. It feels really good to have all that and to be able to achieve it." -- Quarterback Andy Dalton in beating Pittsburgh for the first time in four meetings.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Bengals (9-6) finish out the regular season against the Ravens (10-5) in a meaningless game. Cincinnati is locked into the No. 6 seed.