Cincinnati Bengals Links and Notes: Wednesday 9/23

It's Wednesday, which means the Bengals had a day off sometime recently.  Antwan Odom made a bit of news overnight, the nation is getting pumped for the Cincinnati - Pittsburgh game (which is going to be broadcasted live in Chicago again, yes!), and some other stuff happened.

 

I looked around some more around 2:00, and now there's more after the break!

This is from Scouts Inc.

1. The Cincinnati Bengals discovered a pass rush: The Bengals were among the worst pass-rushing teams in the league last year, but they constantly harassed QB Aaron Rodgers this week. The Packers' protection is now officially a problem. But Cincinnati deserves credit here, as well, particularly DE Antwan Odom, who played a monster game. Another massive difference this year is that the Bengals' defense is actually getting help from its offensive counterpart. In 2008, without QB Carson Palmer, Cincinnati was consistently three-and-out, putting the defense in compromising situations time and time again. The running game was also a huge help in Green Bay. Don't underestimate the job that Mike Zimmer is doing with the Bengals' defense. There is an awful lot of young developing talent here, and this is a unit on the rise.

Something that should be pointed out that Scouts Inc. does not point out is that Kevin Huber is putting opposing teams in bad field position a lot of the time, too. Improving on 3rd down (and scoring points, thus forcing opposing teams to become 1-dimensional a-la-Peyton-Manning) and winning the field position battle will do wonders for this defense, which is finally getting national praise.

ESPN Fantasy Football expert Ken Daube also recognizes some peripheral stats, and the article touches on Cedric Benson. I think this is worth a read if you like understanding some of the lesser referenced stats in the NFL that can predict player performance.

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