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Steve Young believes Bengals "can take down" Patriots

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"I want to see all aspects — live and in person — because to me, the Bengals are the ones that can take down the Patriots. Of anyone else in the league, the Bengals are the ones," Steve Young said.

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Despite there being three undefeated teams (Bengals, Patriots and Panthers) in the NFL, there seems to be a general consensus from the national media (and by extension generic NFL fans) that the New England Patriots are the best of the best.

Maybe they are -- when you're knocking around borderline greatness like the Washington Redskins, the Miami Dolphins, the Indianapolis Colts or the superstar-deficient Dallas Cowboys, who has time to analyze such things? Then again, they are destroying teams they should destroy. New England sports the largest net point difference in the league with +133 (276 points scored minus 143 points allowed). Only one other team has a point differential over 100 (the Arizona Cardinals) and the Bengals are only at 87.

Fine.

New England is good.

Yet, they're not infallible. They can be beaten.

At least former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and current ESPN expert Steve Young believes.

"There's only one thing in my mind to look forward to, that's the Cincinnati Bengals, can they take down the Patriots come the end of the season?" Young said during ESPN's postgame show following Chicago's 22-19 over the San Diego Chargers. "I want to see this football team. I want to see all aspects — live and in person — because to me, the Bengals are the ones that can take down the Patriots. Of anyone else in the league, the Bengals are the ones."

Young will have the opportunity this Monday night, as Cincinnati hosts the Houston Texans.