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Behind Enemy Lines: Bengals Edition

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 19, 2012 – 2:20 pm

(AP photo)

Both the Washington Redskins and the Cincinnati Bengals have something to prove when they face off at 1 p.m. Sunday at FedExField.

The Redskins (1-1) are trying to show that their Week-1 victory over the New Orleans Saints was no mistake, and that the way they lost in Week 2 to the St. Louis Rams won’t happen again.

The Bengals (1-1), meanwhile, were throttled by the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, 44-13, before defeating the Cleveland Browns, 34-27, last Sunday. Neither game featured a particularly strong effort defensively for Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals beat writer Joe Reedy was kind enough to join us for this week’s “Behind Enemy Lines Podcast,” in which he discusses that lagging Cincinnati defense, as well as several other topics about this weekend’s matchup against the Redskins.

The full audio of our interview with Reedy is below, but first, here’s some snippets from the conversation:

On how the Bengals have fared so far in 2012:
“I think the offense has been slightly better than what we hoped, but the defense right now has been extremely disappointing. They’ve given up more passing yards through two games than they have at any other point in the 45-year history of the franchise; they’ve given up 71 points, which is the most they’ve given up since 2007; and the run defense, which struggled through last year, is once again a problem, which under a Mike Zimmer defense, we rarely see this.”

On how much of a concern the Redskins’ offense is for the Bengals’ defense, which has struggled through its first two games this season:
“I think it’s a concern. This team has struggled against rookie quarterbacks in the past. [Cleveland Browns quarterback] Brandon Weeden put up great numbers last week. Marvin Lewis-coached teams are 9-10 against rookie quarterbacks, so you know, most teams when they face rookie quarterbacks, they think it’s going to be rather easy; this team, for some reason, makes it difficult.”

On Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, and who he reminds people of:
“I think, maybe, the one person I can compare him to now is [San Francisco 49ers quarterback] Alex Smith because both aren’t flashy, but both are very good managing the game and getting their teams in position and making plays when it counts.”

On Bengals coach Marvin Lewis’ Twitter ban during training camp and the preseason:
“I think the one thing with the tweeting is it is back, and he’s allowed them to tweet more. That started the first week of the regular season. ‚Ķ I think a lot of the younger players were tweeting stuff that, you know, as far as a team, you don’t want stuff to get out there. So Marvin Lewis and a couple of his veterans basically sat down and decided, ‘You know what, we need to focus on football,’ and for six weeks, they did that, and now the players kind of know what to tweet and what not to tweet.”

Here’s the complete interview with Reedy, who you can follow on Twitter by clicking here:

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