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Bengals Bytes (10/3): How the Bengals compare to other division leaders

Are the Bengals contenders or pretenders? Compared to other division leaders the media isn’t very confident in the Bengals.

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Dalton, Bengals look to stay unbeaten against Panthers
The Bengals have their offense revving in high gear. Cincinnati has put up 34 points in back-to-back games to open the season, although quarterback Andy Dalton said they haven’t played a perfect game. “We left some stuff out there,” Dalton said. “We can definitely improve and get better. (But) if we’re saying that and scoring 34 points, that’s a good thing.”

Game Preview: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals
Miami has been the second-toughest opponent the Bengals have encountered in their 51-year history, based on series winning percentage. The Dolphins hold a 16-6 edge, including 1-0 in postseason, for a .727 success rate. The Dolphins’ overall winning percentage against the Bengals trails only the San Francisco 49ers (11-4, .733).

"This Day in Bengals History" Book on Sale Now
“This Day in Bengals History” written by Senior Writer Geoff Hobson is on sale now in the Bengals Pro Shop and online at “This Day in Bengals History” highlights the first 50 years of the franchise with a day-by-day look at the biggest games, plays and moments.

Sorting division leaders: Rams, Chiefs legit; Bengals, Fins shaky
The Bengals find themselves just outside of what my model deems as "in contention," because there is a steep drop in playoff chances from No. 7 to No. 8 in the AFC, but it's too early to toss Cincinnati aside, despite what the model says. Andy Dalton and the Bengals' offense have put up 27 or more points in three of their four games so far this season. Part of making the playoffs is being able to effectively exploit advantageous matchups and opponents' missteps. In their Week 2 win over Baltimore (34 points), Dalton connected with A.J. Green in the red zone in single coverage (ultimately accounting for three TDs on only five catches). In their Week 4 barn-burner victory in Atlanta (37 points), the Bengals' offense capitalized on injury-driven scheme changes to the Falcons' secondary.

Falcon who injured Tyler Eifert shares heartfelt exchange with TE
The majority of these aren’t intentional — something Atlanta Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell wanted to get off his chest after taking part in the play that severely injured Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert:

Bengals' Andy Dalton back in comfort zone in new offense
Dalton's resurgence has been the most notable aspect to Cincinnati's 3-1 start. He was nearly perfect in the first half of a 37-36 win at Atlanta on Sunday, missing only two passes while throwing for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also led a winning 16-play drive, connecting with A.J. Green on a 13-yard touchdown with 7 seconds left.

Cincinnati Bnegals: First look at Miami Dolphins
AFC East-leading Miami (3-1) is coming off a 38-7 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 4, a game in which it trailed 38-0 before scoring on a touchdown pass to Frank Gore with 2:42 left. The Dolphins, who opened 3-0 for the first time since 2013, will be looking to bounce back this week against a Cincinnati (3-1) team hot off a 37-36 comeback win at Atlanta on Sunday.

Paul Daugherty blog: Cincinnati Bengals, Mercedes Benz Stadium, Reds
After 30 years here, I’m still incredulous when anyone tells me how “negative’’ I am. I’m Mister Rogers compared to most here. I know the capacity the local teams have for making you cynical. I probably know it as well as most of you do.

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