How do the Cincinnati Bengals stop Antonio Brown? - ESPN
Throughout the next four weeks, the Cincinnati Bengals' secondary will have arguably its biggest challenges of the season. Beginning Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers come to Paul Brown Stadium, Bengals defensive backs will be facing a gauntlet of pass-catching talent.
Four of Brown’s 11 touchdowns from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have come on plays of 25 yards or more and the Steelers have the second most completions of 25 yards or more in the NFL with 32. The Bengals’ three regular cornerbacks have allowed just six completions of at least 25 yards this season (according to ProFootballFocus.com) and no wide receiver has caught a ball of at least 25 yards against the Bengals in the last 17 quarters, dating back to Jacksonville rookie Allen Hurn’s 40-yard touchdown catch five minutes into the second half of the Nov. 2 victory over the Jaguars.
The Bengals looked disoriented and confused while running the two-minute drill at the end of the first half of each of the last two games and there was no clear cut answer from head coach Marvin Lewis, offensive coordinator Hue Jackson or quarterback Andy Dalton why that happened, which is perhaps why things looked so confusing on the field.
Bears receiver Brandon Marshall left tonight's game against the Cowboys after this play, where he got kneed in the back on safety Barry Church's tackle. The Bears initially said that Marshall had injured his ribs and his return was questionable, but later ruled him out for the rest of the game...because Marshall is being taken to the hospital in an ambulance to be looked at further.
A.J. Green has 19 100-yard games in his NFL career, two of them in December. So in this season of challenging himself and being challenged, consider it done. “I’ve got to find a way to make plays no matter what the coverage,” Green said Thursday of the foes’ crunch-time tactics down the stretch. “That’s what I’m here for, to make those kinds of plays.
They must protect their QB Ben Roethlisberger. It sounds simple, but it’s what Pittsburgh must do if they want to come away with a victory on Sunday. True, they must also stop the two-headed rushing attack of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, but it’s the Steelers offense, of which Roethlisberger is an integral part, that must be effective if the Steelers are to win this game. Big Ben ranks in the top six in passing yards, attempts, completion percentage and TDs this season. His importance to the Steelers cannot be underestimated.