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Bengals Bites (11/16) - Changing A Tune

Andy Dalton needs to improve his game this week. He is not the only player with questions surrounding performance. Leon Hall and the entire offensive line need to play better too.

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Joe Robbins

Brees changed his tune, so why can't Dalton?
Product of a Texas high school powerhouse. Under-recruited and landed at a university outside standard college football royalty. Slipped out of the first round of the NFL draft as scouts knocked size and arm strength.

Do Andy Dalton's issues stem from the offensive line?
If you watched last Thursday's game against the Cleveland Browns, you probably saw Cincinnati Bengals reserve right offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse get repeatedly turned around by the linemen and linebackers he was charged with blocking. Dalton According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed three quarterback hurries, a quarterback hit and a sack. Those raw numbers are not very good. Neither was Newhouse's overall play. He wasn't alone.

Cincinnati Bengals mail: Will offensive tackle be in draft plans?

It's only November, and already we're talking about next spring's NFL draft. Yes, you read that right. The Cincinnati Bengals don't even know where they'll be picking next year, but we're devoting some attention to at least one possible draft scenario in this week's Bengals mailbag.

Who has the edge between the New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals? |

The Saints rank sixth in rushing with 130.2 yards per game. And Mark Ingram appears likely to extend his streak of games with 100 yards or more to four, against a Bengals defense that ranks 31st in rushing defense (143.0 per game). The Bengals’ 12 rushing touchdowns allowed are among the most in the league, and a league-high 27.5 percent of the 31.6 rushes per game against the Bengals go for a first down.

W2W4: Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints - ESPN

After losing at home for the first time in 12 games last week, the New Orleans Saints (4-5) will try to start a new streak today against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals (5-3-1) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

W2W4: Cincinnati Bengals vs. New Orleans Saints - ESPN

After last week's 2.0 passer rating and 4.3 QBR in last week's 24-3 loss to Cleveland, one has to imagine that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's play can only improve this week when he visits the Saints. If the Bengals stand any chance of keeping pace with the league's second-ranked offense, their own offense will have to play well.

Rob Ryan on facing the Cincinnati Bengals

“Marvin Lewis is one of the best coaches in the league.  He has been coaching forever.  They have got an excellent passing attack.  They have got a good running game.  This LSU kid (Jeremy Hill) is a good prospect. The quarterback gets rid of the ball really fast and he has two Pro Bowl receivers he’s throwing to.  Obviously that is the challenge this week.  Every week is unique on the personnel and this game is all about the players.  People can talk about scheme all they want but this is a player game and they have a lot of good ones.”

This week's Saints banner at McMain Secondary School: "Banish the Bengals"

The student-painted display entitled "Banish the Bengals" captures (literally) the fearful symmetry of the Cincinnati mascot as Sir Saint pulls the caged kitty away from the Superdome. The work of art was unveiled on the school's Nashville Street fence in advance of the Saints' Week 11 home game against Cincinnati.

ESPN NFL Leon Hall concerned by his inconsistent play

"Too up and and down for my liking," the Cincinnati Bengals cornerback said. "Even if I don't have a bad game, there's just the film-study part of it where I look at it on my own, and it's not as technically sound as I would like it to be. So that, I'm not happy with."

Bengals hope Rey Maualuga's addition can help stop run

Maualuga As much as that might annoy him, though, the linebacker could very well be part of the solution to the Cincinnati Bengals' recent run-stopping woes. As they try to improve their horrid rushing defense against one of the NFL's hottest ballcarriers Sunday, they will turn to Maualuga to help clog the second-level running lanes and turn the New Orleans Saints into a one-dimensional, pass-only team.