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Andrew Whitworth reflects on the Bengals Thursday Night loss

The Cincinnati Bengals leader and player representative reflected on Thursday Night's loss, how they can't just put this loss behind them and how quarterback Andy Dalton wants to prove that he's competitor who just had a horrible night.

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Andrew Whitworth is like most protagonist actors from your garden variety action movie -- when he appears, you know that he's the good guy in the story. Maybe he's not the main protagonist -- but a supporting character that our hero can depend on to defeat Shia LaBeouf the primary villain.

With Cincinnati's 24-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns in their rearview, Whitworth, the team's player representative, talks Thursday's game and how much of an impact it's had.

"I don't think it's behind us, to be honest with you. You can't play like that in a big game and put it behind," Whitworth said via ESPN. "It's not one of those games to be put behind. You've got to fix what you need to fix and keep it as a reminder of so far, this is what you've shown and you deserve everything you get. You also get an opportunity to go earn what you want. So we deserve all the junk that we're going to hear, but we also still have the opportunity to go get what we want. That's got to be our focus."

One player who has taken a bulk of the blame is quarterback Andy Dalton, who only completed eight of 25 passes when facing zero pressure. Dalton finished the game with three interceptions and 10 of 33 passing.

"He's a competitor," said Whitworth about Dalton via "He's ready to get back at it and prove who he is. We all have bad nights and all of us share losses. It's not just him. He's always going to take blame because he's the signal-caller. He's got the ball in his hands, but at the end of the day, all of us share in it. He just wants our team to win. That's what he wants more importantly. He believes in this team. That's what's important. And that's what's going to help us be successful."