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Bengals have no trouble with Johnny Manziel


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/14/2014) Going against high-profile rookie Johnny Manziel in his first NFL start, the Bengals had their best defensive performance of the season Week 15 at Cleveland, shutting out the Browns on just 107 yards. They intercepted Manziel twice and sacked him three times. The three sacks were the most they've had in a game since Week 1.

The Bengals were coming off a 42-21 drubbing against the Steelers last week, so clearly they haven't dazzled on defensive lately. Their DST has now scored double-digit Fantasy points in three of its last four games, though its 23 in Week 15 bettered its previous season high by eight.

The matchup probably had more to do with this performance than the Bengals DST itself. Going against the Broncos in Week 16, it isn't a unit to trust in Fantasy.


Bengals defense falls apart late in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) The Bengals defense put together one solid half of football in Week 14, but crumbled after halftime in a 42-21 loss to the Steelers.

The Bengals held the Steelers to just 10 first-half points, and went into the break with a lead. However, the Steelers sliced them up in the fourth quarter, scoring three straight touchdowns, en route to 543 yards of total offense.

The Bengals provided little resistance to the Steelers' offense once they got going, as they failed to record a single sack or turnover. They failed to record a single Fantasy point, and will look for better results in Week 15 against the Browns. 


Bengals keep Tampa at bay


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/30/2014) The Bengals managed to keep one of the league's lesser offenses in check Week 13 at Tampa Bay, limiting the Buccaneers to 13 points on 263 yards, but they weren't particularly flashy about it. They had just one takeaway, an interception by Terence Newman in the second quarter, and one sack.

It was the Bengals DST's second straight game with double-digit Fantasy points after being held to single digits in its previous seven. Clearly, the matchup had something to do with it, though, so you may not want to role the dice on the Bengals DST against the Steelers in Week 14.


Targeting DST options to stream in Week 13


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) In his waiver-wire column Tuesday, Jamey Eisenberg names the Ravens, Rams and Bengals as the top DST streaming options for Week 13.

The Ravens have a tough matchup on the way against Philip Rivers and the Chargers, though San Diego's offense hasn't been quite up to par lately. Each of their last five opponents have managed at least 8 Fantasy points, and that dovetails nicely with the Raven's own streak of eight straight games reaching that level.

The Rams and Bengals both have better matchups on the way, as the Rams are set to take on the Raiders and the Bengals heading to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers. All three are owned in fewer than 70 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, and should make for solid streaming options for Week 13. 


Bengals shut Saints offense down


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Bengals defense completely shut the Saints offense down in Week 11, in a 27-10 Bengals win in New Orleans.

The Saints rushing game couldn't get anything going against the Bengals defense, as they ended up with just 75 yards on 26 attempts. That left the passing game to carry the slack, and Drew Brees struggled, tossing just one late touchdown as the Saints offense finished with just 33 yards of total offense.

The Bengals defense had been in a state of freefall prior to Sunday's game, as they had allowed at least 23 points in six straight games. They will look to build on Week 11's showing when they take on the Texans in Week 12. 


Bengals DST fine vs. Jaguars


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) The Bengals DST unit put together another fine performance in Week 9 against the Jaguars, though they probably failed to live up to expectations in a 33-23 win.

With the lowly Jaguars on the schedule, more than eight Fantasy points were probably expected from the Bengals this week. The Jaguars racked up 365 yards of total offense against them, and came alive in the second half with three touchdowns. The Bengals forced one turnover and had just two sacks of Blake Bortles, but came up with a safety to help salvage the day.

The Bengals have not recorded a double-digit Fantasy scoring effort since Week 3, but they do have eight or more in each of the last three games. They will face the Browns in Week 10. 


Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict undergoes knee scope


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2014) Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday morning and is expected to miss two games, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Burfict led the team with 171 tackles last year. In five games this season, he has 29 tackles and a forced fumble.

Bengals DST gets yardage under control


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) The Bengals DST, which had allowed more than 400 yards in three straight games, surrendered only 294 against the Ravens in Week 8. Of course, it also gave up 24 points, keeping it from making a big impact in Fantasy.

The Bengals were tough on quarterback Joe Flacco at least, intercepting him twice without giving up a touchdown pass. They had only one sack, though, and haven't recorded more than two in a game since Week 1 at Baltimore.

The Bengals DST remains a serviceable unit in Fantasy, but it has struggled with less than favorable matchups over the last four weeks. Fortunately, it has the most favorable one you could ask for Week 9 against Jacksonville, so you'll want to start it in all leagues.


Bengals' Marvin Lewis: LB Vontaze Burfict is 'fine'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told the media during his Monday news conference that linebacker Vontaze Burfict is "fine" after leaving Sunday's game against the Indianapolis with a cervical strain, per ESPN. Burfict suffered the injury in the first half after hitting Colts quarterback Andrew Luck with his helmet. His status remains up in the air for Week 8 at home against Baltimore.

Bengals defensive struggles continue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Bengals defense provided little resistance to the Colts in Week 7, in a 27-0 loss Sunday.

The Bengals defense was on the field for nearly 40 minutes Sunday, and was unable to sustain a solid star to the game. They held the Colts to 10 first-half points, but were tagged for 17 points in the second half, and ultimately surrendered 506 yards of total offense in the shutout loss. They did recover two fumbles while picking up a pair of sacks to make the final line look a little better from a Fantasy perspective.

The Bengals DST unit looked like one of the league's best in averaging 13 Fantasy points per game through three games. However, they have just 11 combined points over the last three, with a tough matchup against the Ravens on the way in Week 8. 


Bengals DST clearly in a rut


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) After a terrific start to the season, the Bengals fell victim to the resurgent Patriots in Week 5 and then continued to flounder Week 6 against Carolina, allowing 37 points on 431 yards in a game that ultimately ended in a tie.

So after allowing an average of 11.0 points on 352.7 yards in their first three games, the Bengals have allowed an average of 40.0 points on 468.0 yards in their last two. They had an interception in Week 6, but no sacks. It was their first game without a sack this season just like Week 5 was their first game without an interception.

They're struggling in all aspects, basically, which makes the Bengals DST not the most advisable in Fantasy right now. Maybe with a favorable matchup, you could bank on a rebound, but that's not what the Bengals have Week 7 at Indianapolis, the league's highest-scoring team.


Bengals LB Rey Maualuga suffers hamstring injury Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga left Sunday's game against the Panthers in the fourth quarter due to a hamstring injury. He had four tackles (two solo) before leaving the game.

Marvin Jones among Bengals inactives Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Bengals cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, linebacker Khairi Fortt, defensive tackle Brandon Thompson, offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler, wide receiver Marvin Jones and defensive end Will Clarke were among the team's inactives Week 6 vs. Carolina.

Bengals DST falters against Patriots


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2014) Off to a strong start defensively, the Bengals couldn't have picked a worse time to visit New England. Coming off a 41-14 shellacking at Kansas City, one of the rare embarrassments for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady during their time together, the Patriots exploded for 43 points on 505 yards. The Bengals were helpless to stop them, recording a sack without the benefit of a turnover.

The 43 points were 10 more than the Bengals allowed in their first three games combined. They averaged 2.3 sacks and 2.0 interceptions in those games.

Despite the poor showing, the Bengals remain a strong defensive team. You'll want to keep their DST active for Week 6 against Carolina.


Bengals hope to have Vontaze Burfict back for Week 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters he "would imagine" to have linebacker Vontaze Burfict back for Week 5 against the Patriots, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Burfict missed Week 3 against the Titans with a concussion. He will need to receive medical clearance before returning to the practice field. He has eight total tackles and one forced fumble through two games.


Bengals notch two sacks, two interceptions in blowout win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Bengals defense dominated the Titans Sunday, racking up two sacks and two interceptions in the team's 33-7 Week 3 win.

Cincinnati was pitching a shutout before the Titans managed a fourth-quarter score after falling behind 33-0. The Bengals defense also notched a safety after the Titans were called for a penalty in their own end zone. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap had six tackles and one of the team's sacks, giving him three straight games with a sack to open the season. Rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard recorded the other sack. Defensive end Robert Geathers and safety Reggie Nelson both notched their first interceptions of the season in the win. The Bengals should face a much tougher test after a Week 4 bye when they travel to New England.


Vontaze Burfict among Bengals' inactives in Week 3


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion) is inactive as expected after being listed as doubtful on the team's final Week 3 injury report.

Other players who were listed as doubtful that are inactive include running back Rex Burkhead (knee), linebacker Sean Porter (hamstring), guard Kevin Zeitler (calf) and defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (knee). Wide receiver Marvin Jones (foot) and cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris are also inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Titans.


Bengals shut down Falcons passing game


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) 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
(9/14/2014) 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
(9/14/2014) 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
(9/14/2014) 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
(9/14/2014) 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.


Terence Newman leads way in tackles


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Bengals defensive back Terence Newman, who had six tackles in Week 1, topped himself Week 2 against Atlanta, leading the team with nine tackles, including six solo.

Newman never had more than six tackles in a game in 2013.


Vontaze Burfict doesn't last whole game


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was slow walking off the field in the third quarter Week 2 against Atlanta with what at first seemed like a recurrence of the concussion he suffered in Week 1. The Bengals announced he had a stinger, however, and ruled him out for the rest of the game.

Burfict, the league's leading tackler with 171 last season, had four tackles, including two solo, before leaving.


Brandon Thompson hurts knee


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Bengals defensive lineman Brandon Thompson hurt his left knee in the first half Week 2 vs. Atlanta and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Thompson did not contribute statistically before leaving. He had four tackles in Week 1.