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The Bengals defense gets some swagger back. The Steelers barely won last night. Plus, some terrible reporting in Sean Payton's press conference.

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Sean Payton reviews the Cincinnati Bengals game
Can you talk about the ball being taken away from the Bengals fan yesterday?   “I haven’t seen the video or even read anything about it.”   The Bengals player tosses the ball after he scores a touchdown.  The Saints fan takes it away from the woman it was intended for.  A Saints staff member came and gave her a ball.   “Fantastic.”

Let it be noted that CJ writers still have not been granted credentialed press access. Probably because we fail to come up with hard hitting questions like the above.

Stability brings swagger back to Bengals defense
Following a Jimmy Graham reception in the third quarter Sunday, the powerful New Orleans tight end popped up off the Superdome turf and posed for his patented flex for the crowd. As the 6-foot-7, 265-pound specimen started walking back toward the Saints huddle, he turned to find 5-11, 210-pound safety Reggie Nelson stepping into his face wagging his finger.

Report: LeGarrette Blount left field before conclusion of game | ProFootballTalk
Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 33 times for 204 yards and a touchdown Monday night against the Tennessee Titans. Backup running back LeGarrette Blount had zero carries for zero yards. And that fact apparently isn't sitting well with Blount.

ESPN Randomly Cuts To Lisa Salters Shouting "WOOOO" At Le'Veon Bell
We'd love to know the context of this, but here's Lisa Salters "WOOOO"-ing at Le'Veon Bell, presumably after finishing her post-game interview with him; the shot randomly appeared in the middle of the opening segment of tonight's SportsCenter, and it's pretty funny to watch on repeat:

Cincinnati Bengals Must Focus On Consistency After Big Win vs. New Orleans Saints | RantSports
The Cincinnati Bengals went into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and dominated the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, winning 27-10. After a complete meltdown last week against the Cleveland Browns, they looked like a completely different team, executing both offensively and defensively in the game.

Cincinnati Bengals unfazed by Andy Dalton's bounce-back game - ESPN
You will recall that all last week television screens inside the Cincinnati Bengals' locker room showcased a revolving message designed to motivate the badly beaten bunch. "Our best success comes after our greatest disappointments." As much as it was a message intended for the entire team, it very easily could have been meant only for quarterback Andy Dalton.

DEA agents visit Bengals in New Orleans about prescription drugs | NOLA.com

The Cincinnati Bengals say federal drug enforcement officials visited the team Sunday to check on how its medical staff handles prescription drugs. Team officials said Monday that Drug Enforcement Administration agents in New York visited the Bengals at an airport in New Orleans and asked to see registrations and paperwork for controlled substances being carried by Cincinnati's medical staff. No problems were found.

Federal agents inspected Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions in NFL drugs probe - The Washington Post

The Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions confirmed Monday they were among the teams that met with DEA agents. Similar to accounts offered Sunday night by the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks, team officials said the postgame inspections on the surface appeared to be uneventful.