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Bengals Bites (9/22) - Best Team In Football

Everyone around the league is taking notice of the Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton spends another week clean as he avoids being sacked this season.

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Yes, the Cincinnati Bengals are the best team in football | For The Win
Can the NFL’s least-intimidating franchise really be the NFL’s scariest team? The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t a won a playoff game in 24 seasons — the longest run of futility in the NFL — but dominant 3-0 Cincy is playing the best football of any team so far this season. Maybe 2014 is the year the Bengals’ playoff skid ends. The Seahawks may be better. The Broncos may be more explosive. But right now, no one has put together a better opening month than Marvin Lewis and company.

Bengals only NFL team that hasn't been sacked
The Bengals are now the lone team in the NFL to not allow a sack yet this season. In fact, no other team has less than two. For reference, in the same time span the Jacksonville Jaguars have been sacked 17 times.

Doc: Dalton's weird catch proves Bengals are different
The pass took a few years to get from Mohamed Sanu to Andy Dalton, quite possibly because Sanu was throwing 25 yards back across the field, in a big wind, to a quarterback who'd caught exactly one pass in the last eight seasons.

Poll: Bengals a legit Super Bowl contender? - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
Are the Cincinnati Bengals a legitimate Super Bowl contender? Fifteen years ago, you probably would have snickered reading that. Heck, 10 years ago you would have believed anyone who suggested it was crazy. But now? In 2014? It's not so far-fetched a question.

Cincinnati Bengals Get Revenge On Tennessee Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt

The Cincinnati Bengals have seen their most notable playoff aspirations crushed more by one man than any other — Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Sunday’s blowout win over Whisenhunt’s Titans may not salve the deep wounds left in the Bengals’ franchise psyche, but it sure doesn’t hurt.

Rapid Reaction: Cincinnati Bengals - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN

This one's easy. Sunday's 26-point win means that the Bengals are the best team in the NFL on this side of the Mississippi River. The only reason I give that geographic identifier is because there are two teams out West -- the Broncos and Seahawks -- getting set to kick off who are very much in the conversation for best team in the league.

Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals - Recap - September 21, 2014 - ESPN
Dalton became the first Bengals quarterback to catch a touchdown pass on Sunday, the signature play in a 33-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans that kept Cincinnati unbeaten heading into its bye week.