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Cincinnati Bengals factoid: Yards differential per game - ESPN
The number four represents the Cincinnati Bengals' rank in yards differential per game last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. At an average plus-63 margin, the Bengals gained more yards per game offensively than they gave up per game defensively. Only three other teams had higher average yard differentials: Denver, New Orleans and Seattle.

2014 Preview: Bengals need Dalton to carry them to playoff success | FOX Sports on MSN

The Bengals have improved their record each of Dalton's three seasons leading the offense, going from a surprise 9-7 his rookie season of 2011 to 10-6 in 2012 and then last season's 11-5 mark with a division championship on top of it. He's been a big reason why they've improved. They've also lost in the first round of the playoffs each of those seasons. Dalton has completed less than 57 percent of his passes in the postseason and thrown just one touchdown pass compared to six interceptions. He turned the ball over on three straight possessions of last January's loss to the Chargers as the Bengals were shut out in the second half after leading 10-7 at halftime.

Bengals report: Can they finally scale playoff hump?

The Cincinnati Bengals have made the playoffs three years in a row. While that is a mark of a consistently good team, their failure to win a game in the postseason during that stretch brings the team's larger struggles into sharper view.

Report: Some close to Gordon worried about reinstatement if he draws one-year ban | ProFootballTalk

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon could learn later this month whether he’s facing a one-year ban under the NFL’s substance abuse policy. And according to a published report, there’s some trepidation about how a long absence away from the NFL could affect him.

Former Bills safety Donte Whitner pokes fun at impending team sale

There’s at least one person who won’t be sad that the Buffalo Bills may no longer be based in Buffalo.  And that person just so happens to be a former player.  Donte Whitner played for the Bills between 2006 and 2010.