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Bengals News (10/22): Where does Cincinnati go from here?

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The Bengals have plenty of soul searching to do after a blowout loss to the Chiefs.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Seeking Answers
At 4-3 they’re just percentage points behind the 3-2-1 Steelers in what is rapidly becoming the 9-7 AFC North. And yet they could take no comfort in any parts of their game on a night they allowed the most points in the eight seasons of the Green-Dalton Era during a disheveled display that extended their Sunday night losing streak to nine.

Postgame Quotes: Bengals at Chiefs
“In a football game like that, we knew going in that we had to do a really good job first off, offensively making first downs and then defensively being able to make the adjustments and be able to tackle and make plays in the open field. We did not do a very good job of that. I just comes down to as simple as that. We did not do a good job of stopping them on third down and getting off the field there in the first half and being able to sustain the drives on offense. We did not play very well.”

Quick Hits: Bengals Look to 4-3; Miscommunication On Punt; Defense Looks To Rebound
KANSAS CITY - After absorbing the worst defeat of his NFL career, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was reminded his team is still 4-3 and along with Baltimore has the most wins in the AFC North.

Chiefs Crush Bengals, 45-10
The Chiefs put up 551 yards of offense, the most allowed by the Bengals since Drew Brees and the Saints racked up 595 in a 2006 Bengals' victory and 554 in a 2007 loss to Cleveland for the third most yards allowed under Marvin Lewis.

Chiefs vs. Bengals final score, takeaways: Mahomes, Kansas City drop 45 points on helpless Cincinnati
The Chiefs looked like the AFC's best team on Sunday night, destroying the Bengals, 45-10. Both teams came into the game atop their respective divisions, and both teams would fall out of first place with a loss. Kansas City made sure the outcome was never in question, jumping out to a 14-0 lead, and stretching it to 24-7 at halftime before cruising through the final 30 minutes.

Sunday Night Football: Kansas City Chiefs rout Cincinnati Bengals
The last two weeks served as a litmus test for this young, emerging Bengals team. Were they for real after a 4-1 start? Were they ready to show they belonged in the conversation of the true contenders in the AFC?

Vontaze Burfict of Cincinnati Bengals leaves game with hip injury
It was a rough night for Burfict and the Bengals' defense. Burfict had only two total tackles prior to leaving the game and missed several tackles throughout the night as the defense struggled to contain the Chiefs' speedy offense.

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs Destroy Andy Dalton, Bengals as Kareem Hunt Scores 3 TDs
Patrick Mahomes had 358 passing yards and four touchdowns, while Kareem Hunt scored three times as the Chiefs recorded at least 38 points for the fifth time in seven games. The effort helped the team bounce back from its first loss of the year in Week 6 to move to 6-1 on the season.

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It's Not Just Patrick Mahomes; the Chiefs Are a Bona Fide Juggernaut
Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are exceptional talents and two of the best at their respective positions. Hill may be the NFL's fastest man and is nearly uncoverable. Kelce, meanwhile, can make a strong argument he surpassed the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski as TE1.

Browns' Own Mistakes Spoiling Baker Mayfield's Rookie Season
The 2018 Cleveland Browns have a different look. a different feel. They've gone to overtime four times in seven games. They've held the lead or been tied in the fourth quarter in six of those games. Defensively, they entered Week 7 ranked sixth in the league at Football Outsiders in terms of DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), and through seven outings they lead the NFL with 20 takeaways.

Adrian Peterson, Redskins Hang On to Beat Dak Prescott, Cowboys 20-17
Alex Smith threw for 178 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-25 passing. Adrian Peterson went for 99 yards on the ground against a Cowboys defense that was allowing the seventh-fewest rushing yards (90.7 per game) in the NFL prior to Sunday's game.

Hue Jackson Hints at Taking Over Browns Play-Calling Duties from Todd Haley
"It's not going to be about butting heads," Jackson said after Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. "I'm the head coach of the football team. I will do what I feel I need to do to get this team where it needs to be."