Coughlin: Bengals Built Much Like Steelers

Tom Coughlin on the Giants’ opponent this week: the Cincinnati Bengals…..

“We’re looking forward to getting back on the practice field, preparing for the Cincinnati Bengal team, a team that was 3-1 earlier in the year, has lost four very close games of late. Just a week ago, had lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-17, a very, very good football game. Then, against the Broncos, they were down 17-3 and came back to take a 20-17 lead, and eventually lost that game as well. They had some turnovers in that game. They looked like they were going to be in pretty good shape.

They are a team that’s built in the style of the AFC North, in that they’re attempting to overtake the Steelers. They’re built much like that. They have a big, strong and powerful offensive line. A.J. Green is an excellent receiver, a deep threat. (Andy) Dalton being the young quarterback who was a Pro Bowler a year ago. They were in the playoffs a year ago. They run the ball, (BenJarvus) Green-Ellis is there, as you know, as a free agent. He’s a powerful runner, a lot of the style that you see is emblematic of the formations that we just played against.


Defensively, a very good front, outstanding front. Tenth in the league in sacks, (Geno) Atkins leads their team. (Michael) Johnson is second, in that regard. He’s very, very good, very physical. A veteran secondary, they picked up Terence Newman, who’s played well for them. Had two interceptions against the Broncos the other day.

Their special teams, again, with two outstanding returners. (Brandon) Tate and Adam Jones, two outstanding punt returners and kick returners. So, we’re on guard again of that. (Kevin) Huber is an outstanding punter, he’s a lefty who can drive the ball the length of the field. (Mike) Nugent has kicked well, he’s 14-for-16 in field goals. It’s a talented offense. Of late, they’ve had some very close games that they have not won. I’m sure there’s some frustration, just as there is here.”