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    and looked terrible doing it. The offense was helpless the defense was lost. On the bright side, Kevin Huber had some good punts; but everyone knew going into this game that if the Bengals punted just once, they would probably lose. Huber punted five times on Sunday.What can be said about this performance? It was just plain bad. A.J. Green manufactured 117 of the offense’s yards, or about half of their production. The offense had less than 200 total yards until Jeff Driskel came into the game during garbage time. Meanwhile, the defense gave up 551 yards and let the Chiefs convert 75 percent of their third down attempts. As if losing by 35 points wasn’t humiliating enough, the Bengals looked like one of the worst teams in the NFL.So what did we learn about the Bengals from this game?Andy Dalton needs his arsenal backEarlier this season, A.J. Green said that his quarterback had been playing at an MVP level. The truth is, Andy Dalton can’t carry an offense on his own. But given weapons, he can use them as well as any quarterback in the league. So without his offensive arsenal, Dalton can’t play at the same level. When Green said Dalton was playing like an MVP, Tyler Eifert was still playing, John Ross was still healthy, and Tyler Boyd was his number one target.But on Sunday night against the Chiefs, Eifert was on injured reserve, Ross had to leave the game due to a groin injury, and Boyd went strangely quiet.Dalton couldn’t carry the offense Youth C.J. Uzomah Jersey , so Green had to. Green was targeted on 14 of Dalton’s passes and received 117 of his 148 yards. Other than Green, Boyd (who has been the team leader in receptions until this week) only caught three passes, all of which were on one drive. Joe Mixon caught three passes, C.J. Uzomah caught two, and Alex Erickson caught one.Despite having an incredibly talented running back in Mixon, the running game was essentially nonexistent. The Bengals had one of the best offenses in the first four weeks of the season. But Eifert, Ross, and Giovani Bernard all suffered injuries. So when the Bengals played the Steelers and the Chiefs, two of the worst defenses in the NFL, they only mustered 31 points between the two games.So, yes, Dalton had been playing out of his mind early this season, the offense took a huge step back when the injuries started piling up.Vontaze Burfict has off days occasionallyWe watched some brutal defensive games this season thinking, “it’s only __ weeks until Vontaze Burfict returns.”Burfict is one of the team’s best defensive players and playmakers. He the leader of the defense and one of the most impactful players on the team.That being said, he was the worst defensive player on the field on Sunday.He only had two total tackles on Sunday night, well below his average of 8.4 per game over the course of his career. It’s not that he didn’t have any opportunities Womens Joe Mixon Jersey , though. He missed too many tackles to count. A large reason Kareem Hunt gained 141 total yards and scored three touchdowns is because the linebackers couldn’t seem to bring him down. More specifically, Burfict had trouble bringing him down.In a game where the defense gave up 45 points for the first time in four years, the Bengals needed their best player to step up. Teryl Austin’s defense needs workBurfict wasn’t the only defender off his game. Seemingly everyone else was, which seems like a coaching error more than anything else.Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap should be terrorizing quarterbacks in the backfield, but the two of them only have one sack apiece over the last two games. Andrew Billings was the best defensive lineman on Sunday night, which is a sign that something is wrong. Not that Billings isn’t good, but he is no Atkins. The fact that Michael Johnson is out-snapping the all of the defensive ends except Dunlap is also alarming.The linebackers were such a mess, though it doesn’t help that Nick Vigil is out for the season, so the Bengals will have to go without their best coverage linebacker. Hardy Nickerson had 13 snaps, which was 13 too many. There is no universe where Nickerson is better than Vincent Rey, or even one where he should ever see the field when it is not an absolute emergency.In the backfield, the defensive backs were so lost most of the time. Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins were running free downfield, with confused defenders left in their wake. Patrick Mahomes was playing Madden on rookie mode, and his 358 yards were evidence of that. The defensive backs had absolutely no idea what they were doing out there, aside from Shawn Williams’ interception late in the game.How is it that all three units on defense had their worst game of the year on the same day? Could it be coaching, scheme Youth Nick Vigil Jersey , playcalling, or even the primetime curse? It’s probably a combination of all of those factors. Marvin Lewis and Teryl Austin have some work to do before next week. The Buccaneers are probably licking their chops right now watching the film from Sunday night.Bengals Bytes (9/24): Cincinnati comes up short against Carolina Panthers Opt Out To Run Off Bengals“Game of inches. Game of inches,” Hubbard muttered a few times Sunday after the Bengals couldn’t take the measure of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during the fourth quarter of a 31-21 loss.Bengals can’t catch PanthersCHARLOTTE, N.C. _ At various times Sunday for the Bengals wide receivers it was a grinding and yet giddy afternoon that in the end amounted to a galling 31-21 loss to the Panthers. For the final 2:53 of the third quarter and the first 11:27 of the fourth the Bengals had three drives to tie it at 28 and if it wasn’t one thing it was another conspiring to make them come up empty.Postgame Quotes: Week 3 At CarolinaI think the the thing is that’s a football game we had every opportunity to get it done and finish the thing out – a lot of opportunity. We gave up too many opportunities today with the turnovers. Gave them good field position too often and they capitalized on it. We didn’t get enough. We didn’t make the ball bounce our way and create enough of that. We have to do a better job of assignment football.Quick Hits: Green Says He’s OK; Panthers Run FreeA.J Green says it happened to him once in college. After he left the game on the third play of the third quarter in Sunday’s 31-21 loss to the Panthers, he said he landed awkwardly and suffered a groin injury when he couldn’t come down with a slant over the middle.Green-less Bengals Can’t Catch The PanthersMaybe even more devastating is that perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green was lost early in the third quarter with a groin injury. Green tried to make a leaping catch over the middle and it looked like rookie cornerback Donte Jackson hit him early. The ball went one way and Green seemed to land awkwardly the other way. He stayed on the sidelines after he was rated probable and quickly downgraded to questionable.Bengals lament missed opportunities in loss to PanthersThe Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) didn’t appear to be hanging their heads after a 31-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Several Bengals players lamented the major mistakes made in the game, pointing out that they had an opportunity to win until the fourth quarter.A.J. Green talks John Ross being involved in two interceptionsOn the first, it looked like Ross could have done more to counteract a bad throw from Dalton. The second — late in the fourth quarter — seemed like both guys were at fault as the ball sailed over Ross’ head while he wasn’t even looking for it.Carolina Panthers hand Cincinnati Bengals first lossBengals QB Andy Dalton passed for 352 yards and two TDs, completing 29 of 46, but he also threw four interceptions – one on a Hail Mary on the last play of the game.NFL Week 3: Carolina Panthers defeat Cincinnati Bengals 31-21Panthers coach Ron Rivera wanted a little something more from his offense, which is why he turned to his old boss Norv Turner as the team’s new coordinator this season. Rivera, who once coached under Turner in San Diego, said he got exactly what he was hoping for Sunday. Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others , Christian McCaffrey racked up a career-high 184 yards rushing and Carolina handed the Cincinnati Bengals their first loss of the season 31-21 behind a well-balanced offensive attack.Joe Mixon could return for the Bengals in Week 4 despite recent knee surgeryMixon had a minor knee clean-up performed last Saturday, removing a particle that had been bothering him, which would generally put him out at least two games. However, since the Bengals had played on Thursday instead of Sunday that week Cheap Billy Price Jersey , and the procedure was conducted prior to the end of the week, Mixon’s timetable could be fluid.Random BytesRob Gronkowski on Lions Trade Rumor: ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere Without Brady’New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is loyal to his quarterback. “Brady is my quarterback,” he said of Tom Brady following Sunday’s 26-10 loss to the Detroit Lions, per Chad Amaral of Fox 25 Boston. “I’m not going anywhere without Brady.”Matthew Stafford, Lions Dominate Tom Brady, Patriots Behind Kerryon JohnsonThe two-time defending AFC champions fell to 1-2 with a 26-10 loss to the Detroit Lions in Sunday’s interconference clash at Ford Field. Detroit is now 1-2 under head coach Matt Patricia, who was the Patriots’ defensive coordinator the last six seasons.Jameis Winston of Tampa Bay Buccaneers predicted Ryan Fitzpatrick would succeed during three-game banTampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston privately predicted to team officials that fellow quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would have the success he has to start this season, sources told ESPN.Jimmy Garoppolo Injury Sends 49ers’ Dream Season to a Crashing HaltBefore Garoppolo was installed as the starter late last season, the 49ers had lost 24 of their previous 26 games. And while this team might still be better than that one, the defense is surrendering 29.7 points per game. The Niners were off to a poor start even with Garoppolo under center, and keeping up with the division-rival Los Angeles Rams and wild-card contenders elsewhere in the deep NFC was always going to be a challenge.Penalty on Clay Matthews’ Textbook Hit Embroils NFL in Another Rules ControversyBe delicate. No tussling of hair. Wedgies will lead to ejections. No harsh language, finger-pointing or sarcasm aimed at them. Tickling will be a 15-yard penalty. Talking about a quarterback’s momma will lead to a fine.Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas expects fine for no-shows at practiceThomas had a pair of interceptions in the Seahawks’ 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, capping a bizarre week for the team and its All-Pro free safety. He told reporters afterward that his absences in practice were related to his continued discontent over his contract situation.

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