The Cincinnati Bengals defense has been far from perfect this season and seems to be struggling more as the season continues.
But through it all, the bend-but-don’t-break identity of the team has continued to show through.
That’s no better example of this than the fact Cincinnati’s defense is the only unit this year yet to allow a touchdown in the second half of a game. And according to ESPN’s Ben Baby, the streak through six games is the first of any since 2018.
And further to the defense’s credit, it has accomplished the feat with injury woes. Nose tackle DJ Reader, one of the game’s best, has been out.
Logan Wilson, one of the game’s best linebackers, suffered an injury against the Saints and missed a big chunk of time.
In order to keep this streak going, the defense will need to toughen up against the run with the Falcons in town in Week 7. Offenses have found huge success attacking the edges of the unit, so that area of weakness will need improvement if the streak is to continue.