by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) Facing an offense that piled up 568 yards in Week 1, the Bengals defense rose to the occasion in Week 2, limiting the visiting Falcons to 10 points on 309 yards.
The Bengals did an especially good job of preventing yards after the catch, limiting most of the Falcons' completions to short gains. They also had two sacks and three interceptions, including two by George Iloka.
The Bengals, who also had a strong defensive performance at the Ravens in Week 1, will look to keep it going Week 3 against the Titans.
Leon Hall gets first interception
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) Bengals defensive back Leon Hall recorded his first interception of the 2014 season Week 2 against Atlanta, catching a pass that deflected off the hands of tight end Levine Toilolo in the third quarter.
Hall, who had one interception last season, also had six tackles, including five solo, in the contest.
George Iloka leads Bengals defense
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) Bengals defensive back George Iloka, who entered the day with just one career interception, tripled that total Week 2 against Atlanta, picking off quarterback Matt Ryan twice in the second half.
Iloka also had a solo tackle.
Carlos Dunlap gets another sack
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) Bengals defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap recorded his second sack in as many games Week 2 against Atlanta. He also had two tackles, including one solo.
Dunlap had 7 1/2 sacks for the Bengals last season.
Emmanuel Lamur big on tackles again
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) Though Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur didn't quite match the 11 tackles he had in Week 1, he had another strong performance Week 2 against Atlanta, finishing with eight tackles, including five solo.
Lamur missed all of last season with a dislocated shoulder. He entered 2013 with only 19 tackles in his career.
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Last year the Bengals were considered a Top 5 DST and they finished as one. This year there's some concern they won't be as good following Michael Johnson's departure to Tampa Bay, coordinator Mike Zimmer's move to Minnesota and significant injuries to defensive tackle Geno Atkins and cornerback Leon Hall. Those guys should be back but will the pass rush remain effective? That might come down to how second-year end Margus Hunt and rookie Will Clarke pan out. And will new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther be as creative as Zimmer? These concerns are legitimate but a favorable schedule and a still-talented group that now includes rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard make the Bengals DST worthy of selecting with a final-round pick in drafts this summer.