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The Nati Notes NFL Week 4: Pryor’s thoughts on Browns, Greg Hardy drama, Burfict is back

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Losing sucks, should we panic? Pass around your wallet with your friends. Who can do it all in Cleveland? This and more makes up this week’s version of the Nati Notes.

I wish I was here under better circumstances, but it is what it is. The Bengals are not off to the start we have become accustomed to. Last season the Bengals had notched eight wins before we felt the losing pain. All is not lost, there is plenty of the season left to be played and I am confident the Bengals will turn it around.

Panic

Currently the Bengals are sitting at 1-2 for their season record. If you take an objective step back, you realize the Bengals have lost to a division rival and the Super Bowl champions. In the two losses, the Bengals were in both games at the end. However, Bengals fans being what they are, begin to panic. As you read through Twitter and the comment sections here on Cincy Jungle, you see fans attacking each other. Calling for huge changes (firing Marvin Lewis, benching Andy Dalton and many more foolish ideas). If you are the type of person who is inclined to panic, then by all means, vent your frustrations. Just know that making knee jerk reactions and finding a single fault when there have been so many contributors to the losses is silly. If the average fan was in charge of the team, then the Bengals would be run like the Cleveland Browns, or worse.

Cleveland Browns v Miami Dolphins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Speaking of the Browns...

Terrelle Pryor is currently a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. Many remember Pryor as the former quarterback for The Ohio State Buckeyes who had a failed stint with the Bengals last summer. The Browns have begun to experiment with the dynamic athlete and use him in unconventional ways. For example, on Sunday, Pryor caught 8 passes for 144 yards. He also took 14 snaps as the Browns quarterback. In those plays, he ran 4 times for 21 yards and completed 3 passes. At the end of the first half, Pryor was played as a safety, to prepare for the Dolphins to throw a hail mary to end the half.

While impressive, this is not why he makes the Nati notes. You see, Pryor thinks the Browns are one of the best teams in the NFL.

"A lot of people overlook us and talk bad about us, but I feel like our team is one of the best teams in the NFL,” Pryor said on Sunday. “We just got to figure out how to win. We could easily be 2-1 right now and our defense played their butts off."

The Browns are currently winless and have been outscored by 30 points this season.

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Greg Hardy

You know how when you go out with a group of friends and decide to treat everyone to drinks? The first step is to announce "Hey, this round is on me". The second step is to pull out your wallet and then pass it around to all of the people you are treating right? Wait, no one else does this? Then you all don't party like Greg Hardy parties.

You may remember Hardy from beating his girlfriend. Well, here is just the latest gem in the life of a guy who wasted incredible talent. The unemployed Hardy was pulled over and searched while driving over the weekend. The officer found cocaine in his wallet and Hardy used the passing the wallet around excuse to explain how someone would have slipped it in there.

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Vontaze Burfict

Hey Bengals fan, get excited. The heart and soul of the defense is back. My frustration grew each week as I watched countless defensive players (some against the Bengals) come through on a pass and hit a receiver or tight end in the head. Many weren’t flagged. I wonder what kind of scrutiny the Bengals linebacker will face on every tackle he is involved in. So far this young season, we have seen the officiating crews have not been shy about throwing the penalty flag on the Bengals.

When you are stuck in a rut, (like losing) sometimes all you need is a catalyst. I believe the Bengals’ catalyst is named Vontaze Burfict.