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Scouts Buzz: Bengals find a pass rush

Originally Published: September 21, 2009
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.
Antwan OdomScott Boehm/Getty ImagesBengals DE Antwan Odom had five sacks against the Packers and now has seven this season.
After watching the Week 2 matchups, Scouts Inc. shares 10 key observations:

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.


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