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How long will Jessie Bates remain the best kept secret on the Bengals’ defense?

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Bengals three and out: Atkins keeps dieting on QBs, Burfict missing on third down and Pittsburgh pwnage
CINCINNATI – Geno Atkins is on pace to set records – and has his new defensive coordinator in awe – with a couple more sacks against the Dolphins. Michael Johnson​ and​ Sam​ Hubbard got​​ most of the attention Sunday, and rightfully so, after both defensive linemen scored the first touchdowns of their careers, sparking the comeback win.

Film Study: Jessie Bates Quietly Starring In Cincinnati
You’ve heard about Derwin James, Darius Leonard, Denzel Ward and Fred Warner as the top Defensive Rookie of the Year candidates, and rightfully so. All four are having excellent first-year campaigns and deserve plenty of praise for their play five games into the 2018 season.

Game Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
The 4-1 Cincinnati Bengals this week look to build on their strong start to the 2018 season and solidify their hold on first place in the AFC North Division. But to do so, they will have to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team which has proven to be a longtime nemesis for Cincinnati, and a team which, for many Bengals fans, is their most-loathed divisional rival.

Bengals Go Prime Time vs. Chiefs
Riding a 4-1 start spiced by three fourth-quarter comebacks, the Bengals have played their way into a prime-time spot when they meet the 5-0 Chiefs Oct. 21 on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

NFL Week 5 Grades: Saints earn 'A+', Bengals and Browns get 'A's, Broncos fail miserably in loss
Although there were more exciting wins on Sunday (the Browns winning with a knuckleball) and there were crazier wins (the Panthers winning on a 63-yard field goal), the Bengals might have pulled off the most improbable win when they came back from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Dolphins 27-17.

PFF dive: Dalton's pressure points, Roethlisberger's deep dip
Alex Redmond (60.9): The Bengals’ starting right guard allowed five more pressures on Sunday against Miami and has allowed the second-most pressures (21) and tied for the most penalties (5) of any guard in the NFL. Only Minnesota’s Mike Remmers (24) has allowed more pressures than Redmond. Kansas City’s Laurent Duvernay-Tardif also has committed five penalties. Redmond’s only been attributed for one sack and one quarterback hit, but the 19 hurries are what has thrown his protection into disarray.

Bengals coasting, Steelers suffer another Antonio Brown distraction
Cincinnati Bengals fans won’t find this too surprising — the Pittsburgh Steelers have another big distraction courtesy of star wideout Antonio Brown.

Believe In the Bengals: They Are Legitimately Good
They’ve emerged as front-runners in a tough AFC North, which is stacked with talented teams that have had issues winning football games. The Bengals, meanwhile, may not boast the same roster talent as the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they also don’t have the same headaches. They’ve figured out how to win games over Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins.

Bengals off to hot start, but Steelers game looms large
The televisions were airing the conclusion of the Browns-Ravens game on Sunday afternoon just minutes after the Bengals came back to win 27-17 against the Dolphins. A number of players came through the tunnel and stopped to watch the game before Bengals coach Marvin Lewis hurried them along.

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16-0? Could the Rams or Chiefs Really Put Together an Undefeated 2018 Season?
Only two teams in modern NFL history have put together perfect regular seasons. Only one has run the table through the playoffs, and that was nearly a half-century ago. While the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs and 5-0 Los Angeles Rams are 31 percent of the way to regular-season perfection, history suggests they have their work cut out for them.

Cowboys News: Jerry Jones Says Dallas Hasn't Had No. 1 WR in 'Several Years'
Jones appeared on 105.3 The Fan (h/t Todd Archer of ESPN.com) and said Dallas hasn't had a No. 1 receiver for "several years," which coincides with Bryant's tenure on the team. Jones listed Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones and Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins as examples of top guys, saying, "There's not but about a handful of those in the NFL."

LeSean McCoy Trade Rumors: Eagles Have Contacted Bills After Jay Ajayi Injury
Josh Reed of WIVB Buffalo reported as much, noting the Eagles are dealing with a hole on the running back depth chart after Jay Ajayi tore his ACL. McCoy is the all-time leading rusher in Eagles history and played there from 2009—when the team selected him in the second round of the draft—through 2014.

Michael Thomas Says He Made Josh Norman 'Check Out' on Twitter, CB Responds
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas trolled Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman on Twitter after the Saints' 43-19 win over Washington on Monday night. After a rough first half, Norman sat out a few plays to start the second half, prompting Thomas to tweet the following.