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Bengals Bytes (10/2): It may be time to jump on the bandwagon

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The Bengals are (3-1) with a red hot offense, but is it safe to get on their bandwagon just yet?

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Much like we knew yesterday, there are a lot of things we can do better throughout the course of the football game. The good part about today is that you have a chance to make a lot of corrections. Hopefully we can continue to move forward and do some things better in all three phases. Offensively, we had a lot of production yesterday but still left plays out there. Defensively, we have to play better and continue to make sure we get off the field in those critical third-down situations.

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'I'll be back': Bengals' Tyler Eifert says he's all fixed after surgery
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