The Cincinnati Bengals defense leaped to the top of the NFL heap after their performance Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Cincinnati was ranked third overall heading into that game, but leapfrogged into the top spot after holding down the Bills who came in as the number one overall offense.
The number one ranking is awarded by total yardage allowed figures. The Bengals have allowed only 275.5 yards per game thus far. Close behind the Bengals are AFC North rivals Pittsburgh (277) and Baltimore (284.5). The Bengals rank seventh in points allowed and are tied for first in average yards per play.
Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was quick to let his players know, however, that the ranking at this point doesn't mean a whole lot. Zimmer placed mousetraps all over the meeting room this morning to warn his players not to fall into the "trap" of complacency.
The Bengals defensive numbers could get even better after this week as they travel to Jacksonville to face the NFL's 30th ranked offense. The Jaguars are the only NFL team to not average scoring in double digits.
In other Bengals news, guard Bobbie Williams is slated to return this week from his suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. The NFL granted the Bengals a roster exemption for Williams this week as he returns to practice. Should Williams play on Sunday, however, the Bengals would be forced to cut someone from the 53 man roster. The veteran Williams return should strengthen a position that has been a weakness thus far for the Cincinnati offense.
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