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Chalk Talk: Big plays costing the Bengals defense

Examining the big plays that have hurt the Bengals this season and how to fix them.

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The Bengals had a chance at getting their first win of the season this weekend, but once again came up short. The Steelers struggled to generate any offense, but a 79-yard touchdown pass from Devlin Hodges to James Washington was all they ended up needing to grab yet another win against their division rival.

This reminded me of a big play that the Bengals gave up to the Steelers early this year, but it is even more similar to a play they gave up to the Steelers in Week 1. In the film room session this week, I examine all of the touchdowns of over 25 yards that the Bengals have given up this season.

It started in Week 1 versus the Seahawks and continued to draw national attention with Lamar Jackson’s ridiculous run in Week 10. We look at the tape and attempt to answer these questions:

  • What caused these defensive breakdowns?
  • Could they have been avoided?
  • Who are the biggest culprits?
  • With the points being limited the past couple of games, is the defense turning a corner?

These Chalk Talk episodes will be available throughout the season and into the offseason. Be sure to tune in, as we continue to break down the X’s and O’s.

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The video of my film reviews can be found on the OBI YouTube page and/or Cincy Jungle’s Facebook page. Thanks for watching!

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