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Bengals Bytes (1/27): Marvin Lewis was very proud of how the team handled the drama of 2017

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The Bengals offense had a different coordinator after Week 2, and the defense was on its last linebackers. Still Marvin Lewis was more proud of something else the Bengals did in 2017.

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