In a week where more attention was spent previewing the first career start of Cleveland Browns Quarterback, Johnny Manziel, than the actual divisional playoff implications; the Cincinnati Bengals played their best defensive game of the season.
Led by defensive captain, Domata Peko, DT, the Bengals shutout the Browns 30-0 and moved one game closer to clinching a playoff spot. The defense held the Browns to only 107 total yards and intercepted Manziel twice.
“All we heard was Manziel, Manziel, Manziel all week and we just wanted to go out there and keep people quiet,” said Peko. “We did. The Dawg Pound was kind of quiet today.”
With the win, the Bengals moved to 9-4-1 and are currently holding the 4th seed in the AFC playoff race. Cincinnati will look to keep riding the momentum from this game when Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos come to town Monday night.
“We were talking about that on the sideline that we have to keep playing like this. Defense plays like this, we are a tough team to beat. Big shout to Paulie G (Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther) and the defensive coaches. They gave us a great game plan today. We went out there and it was easy. The game was won on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Today was just the reward.”
For the game, Peko saw 29 snaps on the defensive side of the ball. He was also featured for one play as a Fullback on an offensive touchdown run.
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