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Last night the Bengals played the Chiefs in the first friendly of the pre-season. There was action in other NFL cities too. Former Colts running back Chris Rainey didn't care for it and Ray Rice got a hero's welcome in Baltimore.

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Observation Deck: Cincinnati Bengals - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
One look at the final score from the Cincinnati Bengals' preseason opener against Kansas City Chiefs, and it would be easy to assume that neither defense showed up Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium. The Bengals' first- and second-team units actually did play fairly good defense in a 41-39 loss that featured the high number of lineup changes and rotation tweaks that are common this time of year.

Kansas City Chiefs beat Cincinnati Bengals in preseason opener | FOX Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs rolled to the playoffs last season thanks largely to an opportunistic defense and an explosive special teams unit that accounted for nearly a touchdown a game. Evidently, nothing has changed this preseason.

Five Cincinnati Bengals to watch in Week 1 (defense) - ESPN

In no particular order, here are five Cincinnati Bengals you'll want to pay attention to on the defensive side of the ball during Thursday night's preseason opener at the Kansas City Chiefs:

Just how good are the Cincinnati Bengals? 5 questions with the enemy - Arrowhead Pride

We spoke with Scott over at Cincy Jungle, SB Nation's Bengals blog, about the Chiefs and Bengals Thursday night preseason opener.

NFL Head of Officiating on Cowboys Party Bus? - Sportsnaut.com

This could make for a nice little scandal to bide time between now and the start of the NFL regular season. It appears that the head of NFL officiating Dean Blandino went out for a night of partying with Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones and a few "lovely ladies." If you don’t want to take our word for it, check out this photo.

Bush League Chronicle: Recently released running back puts Colts teammate on blast via Twitter

It seems someone is still bitter about getting cut by the Indianapolis Colts. While watching Indy's preseason game against the Jets on Thursday night, recently released running back Chris Rainey put former teammate Daniel "Boom" Herron on blast via Twitter, following Herron hauling in a touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Saints list paralyzed safety Devon Walker in team media guide

Saints list paralyzed safety Devon Walker in team media guide

De’Anthony Thomas shows promise as a punt returner for Chiefs | ProFootballTalk

Thursday's Bengals-Chiefs exhibition featured four return touchdowns, three of which were scored by Kansas City in a 41-39 victory at Arrowhead Stadium.

My personal note: It saddens me that sports fans can't look past the field and make true judgement on the people they cheer. If I was a Baltimore fan I would be happy that the best running back on the roster is able to take the field. I wouldn't cheer and give him a standing ovation like the morons in purple did for Ray Rice. Let's not forget, the guy just knocked his wife out in an elevator, so your cheering essentially supports a guy for beating the rap of punching his wife.

Ray Rice draws standing ovation from Baltimore Ravens fans - baltimoresun.com

When Ravens running Ray Rice exited the tunnel and was introduced to the home crowd, he drew a standing ovation. There were no audible boos, if any existed, for the three-time Pro Bowl runner following a rocky offseason where he was arrested for felony aggravated assault that led to a two-game NFL suspension for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy. Rice was also fined $529,411.