News

Print
RSS

Notes: Bengals get handle on stopping big play; Steelers CB Taylor out, but Lewis in

Posted Dec 18, 2012


Rey Maualuga

The Bengals head into Sunday's playoff game for the playoffs (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in Pittsburgh with a better handle on the big play.

It was the big play that led to their demise back in the Oct. 21 loss to the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Four Pittsburgh receivers had at least a 23-yard catch with a long of 31 yards by wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, and running back Jonathan Dwyer's 32-yard run killed the clock in the 24-17 loss.

Since then, the Bengals have allowed one pass longer than 31 yards, a 46-yarder last week to Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. And the only run longer than 20 yards since then is Giants backup Andre Brown's 29-yarder with four minutes left in Cincinnati's 31-13 win on Nov. 11. In the last three games, the longest run by a back has been eight yards.

The Bengals have allowed just five runs of 20 or more yards, tied for second fewest in the NFL with New England and Denver. First? The Steelers with four.

CORNERS BACK: Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, who has shut down Bengals Pro Bowl wide receivers Chad Johnson and A.J. Green down through the years, won't play Sunday. But cornerback Kendall Lewis, who left last Sunday's loss to Cowboys when he aggravated a hip injury, and corner Cortez Allen, who didn't play in Dallas with a hip flexor, are expected to start against the Bengals. Taylor has a hairline fracture of his right ankle and has removed the protective boot from his foot, but may only play again if the Steelers make the playoffs.

Lewis, a fourth-year player who was a third-rounder in 2009, figures to get the call on Green. According to profootballfocus.com, he leads the NFL with 15 passes defensed.

Also at his Tuesday news conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said rookie right tackle Mike Adams has been cleared to practice and he'll be monitored to see if he can play against the Bengals after missing the last three games with a high ankle sprain. Sanders, who did not return after injuring his rib against the Cowboys, is also going be watched in practice.

 

 

Recent Articles

  • Quick hits: Carter again; Tate in a good state

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 1 hour ago

  • Bengals defense dominates pre-season finale

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 8 hours ago

    Views: 677
  • Hobson's Choice: roster buzz

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 13 hours ago

    The Bengals head into the pre-season finale Thursday (7 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) with only a few roster and injury questions.

    Views: 3,964
  • 'Heck of a heart'

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Sep 2, 2015

    As his position coach, Jay Hayes is one of Devon Still’s biggest fans. As the Bengals defensive line coach, he is also supervising the most competitive group on the roster as they head into Thursday night’s pre-season finale (7-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Indianapolis. Earlier this week, Hayes sat in his office counting the chairs, as if reminding himself after 13 years this is quite a moment.

    Views: 5,208
  • Jones catches come-back route

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Sep 1, 2015

    His fellow wide receivers feel good now that Marvin Jones is back after missing last season. Mohamed Sanu calls him their “spark.” And the numbers say Bengaldom should be glad he’s back. They are 7-1 when Jones scores a TD. But the biggest thing after “a lot of low points,” is that Jones thinks he’s back.

    Views: 7,134

Recent Videos

Photos