Bengals DC Mike Zimmer thinks the Bengals are ready to go to the next level

The Cincinnati Bengals are on the rise, but in order to say they arrived, they have to overtake the Houston Texans.

Defensively they are on par, ranking 7th against the pass, and 12th against the run. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer feels they are closing the gap on Houston, but the Bengals still need to add more talent.

“I think we’re really close,” Zimmer said on the NFL Network. “The first year, we got thumped pretty good by Houston. This year was a lot closer. We’re right there.

But we’re going to have to keep grinding and keep adding talent. We have a good nucleus of guys and I think we’re exactly where we need to be.”