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Bengals Bytes (9/18): Losing sleep

The Bengals are feeling the pressure after an 0-2 start. Rumors are starting to fly about Bengals’ players wanting Kaepernick. Patriots’ fans recall leaving the Super Bowl early.

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Bengals players reportedly want team to consider bringing in Colin Kaepernick
After a disastrous start to the season for the Bengals, it seems that some players in the locker would like to see the team possibly consider replacing Andy Dalton. According to PFT, some of the team's players think that "the Bengals should go off the board and consider bringing in Colin Kaepernick," which basically tells you all you need to know about the mood in the Bengals locker room right now.

Bengals losing sleep over historically bad start
Weary and bleary, coach Marvin Lewis tried to sum up his team’s horrific start. What was supposed to be a special season has quickly soured. Words are as elusive as a good night’s sleep or a simple touchdown. ”Um, the uh, you know, hmmm. Not a, you know, not a spot where we thought we’d be, but we are,” a bleary-eyed Lewis said Friday afternoon.

Colin Cowherd’s brutally honest opinion of ‘The Beige Water Pistol’
Colin Cowherd offers up his opinion on Bengals QB Andy Dalton. Find out why Colin thinks he just isn't that good.

Bengals’ next step may be benching Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton has 394 yards, no touchdowns, and four interceptions over the Bengals’ first two games. Cincinnati parted ways with its offensive coordinator, Ken Zampese, on Friday, and benching Dalton may be the team’s next step, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. That would pave the way for AJ McCarron to take over. It’s hard to imagine anyone playing much worse than Dalton has. McCarron doesn’t have a ton of starting experience, but he did start three regular season games and a playoff game for Cincinnati at the end of the 2015 season while Dalton was injured.

What's the deal with the Bengals benching Tyler Boyd?
Caught up in the hype of John Ross‘ debut and the total disgust of how the Bengals played against Houston, I forgot that Tyler Boyd did not play. Once I sat back, got some food and started watching some Marvel movies, it dawned on me. Why was Boyd benched? A healthy scratch? In all of my time as a Bengals fan, I can’t really remember when such a young player was benched and there was no reasoning why. It struck me as very odd why Marvin Lewis simply stated he was not benched for health reasons as previously reported.

AFC North Post

The day after: 5 things that stood out from Steelers' win over Vikings
They beat the Browns who were starting a rookie quarterback and they beat the Vikings who were starting a backup. Everyone expected the Browns to be bad, and they have played true to form. The Vikings looked good in Week 1, but showed they can't compete with a backup quarterback under center. Now comes the 0-2 Chicago Bears, another team with quarterback issues. Journeyman Mike Glennon had three first-half turnovers, including a pick six, in a 29-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For now, coach John Fox is sticking with Glennon and not benching him in favor of No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky.

Browns open as road favorites vs. Colts for 1st time since 2012
Just how bad has the start to the season been for the Indianapolis Colts? For the first time since 2012, The Westgate Superbook have made the Cleveland Browns 2.5-point road favorites for their Week 3 contest against the Colts. The same Browns who have only won once in their last 21 games are actually favored in a road game. It's also the first time in 21 games that the AFC North club has been favored.

Marshal Yanda Suffers Season-Ending Ankle Injury During Ravens vs. Browns
The Baltimore Ravens announced offensive lineman Marshal Yanda suffered a season-ending ankle injury during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Baltimore defeated its AFC North rival 24-10. This setback is a significant blow to the Ravens. Yanda has been to six straight Pro Bowls, but that honor alone doesn't capture his full impact.

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Pats fans recall leaving Super Bowl early
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2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Early Rankings
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Sorting the Sunday Pile, Week 2: Broncos, Chiefs notch big wins for stacked AFC West
It is early and there are many games to be played, but the AFC West looks like a division that could easily offer up three playoffs teams once things are all said and done. Through two weeks of action, the Chiefs, Raiders and Broncos all look like very dangerous teams who have erased the biggest weaknesses that plagued each of them last year.

Monday Morning Digest: Broncos, Patriots on the Bright Side of Awful Week 2
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Falcons Show They're the NFC's Best, but Can They Be Trusted to Keep Their Edge?
It was early in the third quarter and Vic Beasley hit Aaron Rodgers in the chest so hard that the ball popped loose, and somehow Rodgers wasn't shattered into small pieces. The hit was nasty, fast and athletic. Even as the ball skipped along the turf and the play continued live, Beasley got up to celebrate. The Falcons recovered, scored and it was 31-7 Atlanta.