Bengals Morning Beat: DE Carlos Dunlap And RB Bernard Scott Return

Aug 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) is tended to by trainers during the game against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

+ Head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters on Wednesday that defensive end Carlos Dunlap and running back Bernard Scott were returning to practice on Wednesday. Trust me. Through my years reading, writing and covering the Cincinnati Bengals, what Lewis says isn't necessarily what's going to happen. But he didn't lie. Both were limited, meaning they didn't practice during 11-on-11 drills; rather position drills. It's a step to get both players ready for Cleveland this weekend. Despite generating three quarterback sacks, the Bengals didn't have a consistent pass rush against the Ravens, allowing Joe Flacco to sit comfortably in the pocket, picking apart the secondary. So Dunlap's return is most certainly welcome.

+ The Cincinnati Bengals announced that the game against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday is soldout. It's the first time that the team will generate consecutive regular season sellouts dating back to the first half of the 2010 season.

+ Debating whether or not A.J. Green's non-catch was actually a catch. Most of us think it was but in the end it doesn't really matter. Cincinnati converted a first down and eventually recorded a field goal. Our contention was that Lewis didn't challenge it with an argument that we don't believe.

+ Primer between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

+ Five Bengals that impressed against the Baltimore Ravens. Agree with Joe for the most part. However despite having two sacks, Geno Atkins wasn't that great. Many of Ray Rice's rushes were up the middle, shot through a canon and largely untouched until he reached the second level. Additionally guys like Rey Maualuga, Thomas Howard and Manny Lawson were dealing with offensive linemen all night and linemen will beat a linebacker most of the time.

+ In an effort to show that within Bengals history, a devastating and heartbreaking loss in week one doesn't mean anything more than it being your standard loss in the NFL.

+ Taking a look at the week two power rankings.


+ According to The Plain Dealer's Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, former Bengals defensive end Frostee Rucker will be the Browns game captain this weekend.

+ Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden expects to have a better performance against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend.

"It can't be any worse than it was the first week and I mean that jokingly. We're all going to have rough stretches. I think obviously mine was the first week. I look at the mistakes I made, and you guys saw them. Guys were wide open and I missed them. That's not my character. That's not the way I usually throw the football."

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