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Bengals & Texans hooking up on Sunday; Teams protect their QB’s but sack opposing passers at will

There’s going to be a defensive struggle in Cincinnati on Sunday, as the Houston Texans of the AFC South plays the Bengals of the AFC North.

The Texans rank third and Cincinnati fourth in sacks allowed. Houston has given up 19 sacks and the Bengals have allowed quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Bruce Gradkowski to be put on the turf just 20 times.

Both teams allowed three sacks last week.

Houston is tied for second in the NFL with 35 sacks on defense, while Cincinnati is tied for the fourth-highest sack total with 31.


Info compiled from NFL, Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals news

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Harbaugh Bowl goes to John & the Ravens, 16-6


John Harbaugh August 2009 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)


The talk all this week was about the brothers Harbaugh Bowl, 49-year-old John against 47-year-old Jim.

Big brother John wins this go-round as his Baltimore Ravens defense sacked Alex Smith nine times in a 16-6 win in the first NFL game featuring brothers going against each other as head coaches.

The Ravens go to 8-3 while the San Francisco 49ers saw its 8-game winning streak end and are 9-2.

Jim Harbaugh as Stanford coach Oct 2007 (By Esprqii via wikipedia commons)

The nine sacks by Baltimore tied a franchise record, which had been achieved twice previously.

Baltimore now leads Pittsburgh by a half-game ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC North.


Info compiled from NFL, Baltimore Ravens & San Francisco 49ers

Hall lost for rest of Bengals season; Green hurts knee


Leon Hall (Bengals media guide photo)

The Cincinnati Bengals proved on Sunday to the NFL and media that they could play with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In doing so, they lost two key members of their turnaround season.

They not only lost the game, 24-21, but have lost their top cornerback in Leon Hall for the season. Hall suffered a torn Achilles in the game.

Wide receiver A.J. Green hurt his knee on a touchdown catch early in the game. It was diagnosed as a hyperextended knee.

Green says he should be ready to go this week as the Bengals travel to Baltimore in a battle of 6-3 teams in the AFC North.


Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals

Pittsburgh escapes hungry Bengals, 24-17


Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers

Bengals hung tough Sunday against the veteran Steelers

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati, 24-17 to take control of the AFC North on Sunday afternoon. But the defending AFC champions had to fight hard to earn the win.

All week leading up to the game between the Steelers and Bengals, the national media kept saying that rookie QB Andy Dalton would not be able to do much against Dick LeBeau’s blitzing defense.

The poised rookie from TCU had no problems at all. He handled everything thrown his way. He had no sacks, completed 15 of 30 passes with 2 touchdowns. He did suffer two fourth quarter interceptions during the Bengals comeback attempt, but they were rookie mistakes that he’ll learn from.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked his opinion of Dalton. “He’s a good player. He spins the ball really well, especially with the wind. He was spinning it really well. He seems very cerebral. He knows what’s going on out there. I think that he is playing the best of all the rookie quarterbacks. The other guys have numbers, but he makes some great throws. We were on the sideline, Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch and I and we were saying ‘Oh, that’s a good throw.’ He makes good throws, he anticipates and I think he’s playing really well. I told him, ‘We’ll see you in a couple weeks, but you’re playing lights out.”

Roethlisberger was sacked five times by the Bengals defense, but completed 21 of 33 for 245 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The interception was not his fault. Tight end Heath Miller bobbled a potential first down ball that Bengals cornerback Leon Hall picked off.


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Bengals re-sign Benson at running back


Cedric Benson (file photo)

As expected, the Cincinnati Bengals have resigned running back Cedric Benson to a one-year contract.

According to sources, the contract is for $3 million, with at least $2 million in incentives.

Benson will be entering his fourth season with the Bengals.

He signed with AFC North team before Week 5 in the 2008 season and has back-to-back 1,000-yard years. He also has 12 100-yard games during his time in Cincinnati.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals, Radio & TV news

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