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Bengals Bytes (5/29): Cinderella story

Can the Bengals keep the balance in 2016? Delanie Walker isn't ready to make friends with rookies, yet, and look at the possible Cinderella teams for next season.

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Bengals: Offense Must Maintain Balance in 2016
The Cincinnati Bengals offense under Hue Jackson was one of the most well balanced offenses in the league. Can they maintain that balance? They will have to in order to keep winning.

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