by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/8/13) The Bengals failed to intercept a pass for the first time since October in Sunday's 42-28 victory over the Colts. They also had their first game without a quarterback sack since Week 7.
It was a down day for both DSTs, as the Colts and Bengals combined for zero sacks and zero turnovers. This was just the second time in the last six games the Bengals failed to reach double digit Fantasy points.
The Bengals face the Steelers in Week 15. When the teams faced off in Week 2, the Steelers DST scored 14 Fantasy points.
Bengals defenders able to play Sunday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (ankle) found himself on the injury report for Week 14 against the Colts, but was able to take the field Sunday. He is active and in uniform, along with defensive back Adam Jones (hip), both of whom were listed on the injury report as probable.
All but one on Bengals injury report probable for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/6/13) The Bengals are in excellent shape as they prepare to host Indianapolis on Sunday. Their injury list includes just one player who is not probable - guard Kevin Zeitler (foot) is questionable.
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/3/13) The Bengals pretty much picked up where they left off after their Week 12 bye, scoring 14 Fantasy points off an interception, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, and just 10 (real) points allowed against the Chargers.
Over their last five games, the Bengals have been one of the best DSTs in Fantasy, with three games of 21 or more points, and just one single-digit performance. They've had multiple sacks in every game over that span, along with three games of multiple interceptions, and four defensive touchdowns.
The Colts, Cincinnati's Week 14 opponent, have struggled on offense since Reggie Wayne was declared out for the season. DSTs have scored 19 or more points when facing the Colts in two of the last four games. And their lack of solid No. 2 receiver has kept defenses focused on stopping the run.
The Bengals should at least hit double digits this week, and can be started in most formats.
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One of the best kept secrets in the NFL is the incredible play of the Bengalsí defense. Last year the team had the delightful combination of good health and talent to tally 52 sacks, 15 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles and five touchdowns while holding opponents to a modest average of 21.2 points per game. It's the first time in a while the Cincinnati DST has played well in consecutive years. With the amount of talent they have, there's no reason to believe it won't continue, especially as the Steelers, Ravens and Browns go through varying growing pains offensively. Expect the Bengals DST to be picked in the second-to-last round of drafts this summer. (Updated 4/25/13)