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Not The Same Old Bengals

The Boston press is filling their papers with backhanded compliments for the Bengals. Andy Dalton can lead an offense in New England that they may not be able to handle.

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No joke: Bengals will be tough test for Patriots - Sports - The Boston Globe
What does it say about the current state of the Patriots that Sunday's primetime visit from a team that hasn't won a playoff game in almost 24 years is being viewed as some kind of litmus test? Or, to be fair, what does it say about the state of the Cincinnati Bengals? If the Patriots were ever in need of an overmatched, confidence-restoring, get-well opponent, this might be the week, with New England reeling from a 41-14 loss at Kansas City on Monday, bombarded with questions about their aging quarterback, Swiss cheese offensive line, lack of pass-catching weapons, and having one fewer day to prepare for Sunday's game. For many years, the Bengals would have fit the bill perfectly.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton looking to improve on 2-4 mark in primetime games |
The Bengals have posted three straight winning seasons and three straight postseason appearances under fourth-year quarterback Andy Dalton. Prior to his arrival in Cincinnati, the Bengals had two winning seasons and two trips to the playoffs in the previous 20 years. To say that Dalton, Cincinnati's 2011 second-round pick, helped turn the franchise around wouldn't be much of an overstatement.

AJ McCarron picking Jason Campbell's QB brain with NFL's Cincinnati Bengals |
As he works through a rehabilitation program for a shoulder problem, rookie quarterback AJ McCarron said he's using the opportunity to learn about playing quarterback in the NFL from Cincinnati Bengals teammates Andy Dalton and Jason Campbell.

CINCINNATI: With receiver Jones on way back, Bengals improving | Cincinnati Bengals |
The Bengals are in position to get a lot better in the one area where they're lacking on offense. Receiver Marvin Jones is close to rejoining the Bengals (3-0) as they get ready to play at New England (2-2) on Sunday night. Jones is one of Cincinnati's best options close to the goal line, one that they've missed a lot.

New England Patriots: Getting to know the Cincinnati Bengals - ESPN Boston
Among the many statistics that stand out about the Cincinnati Bengals to open the 2014 season is this: They have trailed for only 48 seconds this season in their three victories. That's obviously a good formula for winning football. Here's another stat worth noting: Since 2009, the Bengals are 2-7 in primetime games (1-5 on the road).

Bill Belichick Is On To The Cincinnati Bengals

Bill Belichick is known for his press conferences, and today he gave another memorable one (or un-memorable, depending how you look at it). Belichick praised the Bengals for the solid play thus far, but it was this exchange that was probably the most entertaining

Bengals-Patriots Preview | FOX Sports

The regression of Tom Brady is well-documented, leading many to question if the New England Patriots quarterback finally has reached the twilight of his career. Bill Belichick isn't providing any answers, choosing instead to move on from Brady's latest lackluster performance and focus on Sunday night's showdown with the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals in Foxborough.