Bengals building defensive identity; Ravens still searching
Marvin Lewis has fashioned a ball-hawking defense in Cincinnati, while his former team is struggling for a defensive identity.
What's surprising is the identity of this Bengals team -- they're known as an offensive juggernaut. QB Carson Palmer leads the league in passing (2,037 yards) and WR Chad Johnson is fourth in receiving (717 yards). Their defense is ranked a pedestrian 19th overall, but they're fourth in points allowed (15.6/game).
The reason? This is a ball-hawking, playmaking unit with a mind-boggling 20 interceptions and 28 takeaways through eight games. Teams are failing to score because they're simply turning the ball over too much. It's a simple defense that doesn't blitz a lot -- they only have 12 sacks -- and plays a lot of man coverage. But this defense has a weakness -- a big weakness -- in stopping the run.
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