Cincinnati Bengals lost a game on Thursday night, but more importantly, they lost star defensive tackle Geno Atkins to an ACL injury. Atkins was injured prior to the two minute warning and was carted off the field into the locker room. Any hope for a return was squashed when he did not take the field in the second half.
The strength of the Cincinnati Bengals is the defensive line, but they just lost a major asset with Geno Atkins’ injury. After the game, Marvin Lewis confirmed that Geno tore his ACL. According to CBSsportsline.com, Geno Atkins signed a five year $55 million contract extension in September.
Geno finished his season with 20 tackles and six sacks. The Cincinnati Bengals went into the night as one of the favorites to come out of the AFC, but now they’ll need players to step up on that defensive line.
Cincinnati was riding a four game winning streak, while dominating the NFC North. The Halloween night setback kept Baltimore in the running for a division title. The Ravens still have a lot of work to do to catch Cincinnati, but they’ll have their chance in the next couple weeks.
Not only did Cincinnati lose in overtime, the Bengals lost on a safety. The final score was 22-20. Miami was the only AFC East team to beat the Bengals this season.
Earlier in the month, Cincinnati lost cornerback Leon Hall to an Achilles injury for the season. Cincinnati Bengals are 6-3 and in first place in the AFC North. Their next game is against the Baltimore Ravens.