Through six weeks of the season, the Bengals have found themselves in the unexpected catbird seat in the AFC North Division in large part because they have fixed one of the most gaping holes on the team from recent years: the defensive line. However, that patchwork came loose in a 28-17 loss in Week Six to the Houston Texans, in large part because of key knee injuries to defensive end Antwan Odom and defensive tackle Domata Peko. The four-man pass rush employed by the Bengals for the majority of the second halfùwithout Peko and Odomùwas futile against the quick-strike attack employed by Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, allowing him to compile 207 yards after the break. Even before Odom and Peko went down, the Bengal deficiencies at the point of attack were apparent. Texans offensive coord ...
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