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Bengals Bytes (10/9): Cincinnati’s defense did a better job of getting off the field Sunday

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The Bengals third down defense has been one of the worst in the NFL, but on Sunday it was better than it has been all season.

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Bengals rookie defensive end Sam Hubbard says this season is going better than what could've dreamed - Insider - Story
Bengals rookie defensive end Sam Hubbard continues to add memories to what has been a very successful start. A day after the Cincinnati Bengals rookie defensive end scored his first career NFL touchdown in the 27-17 win over the visiting Miami Dolphins, Hubbard maintained his same demeanor among his teammates, coaches and the media.

New chapter in ancient rivalry
Defensive lineman Sam Hubbard, a Cincinnati guy and one of those cool kids Carlos Dunlap calls, “rookie veterans,” has already been to a Bengals-Steelers game at Paul Brown Stadium. But, like much of the Bengals’ current roster, it’s not exactly at the forefront of memory. After all, he was only 11 the night Steelers defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen fell into the knee of Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer on just the second snap of the game.

Marvin Lewis Press Conference: 10/8
“Not that I know of. Obviously those were two timely plays that helped us tie the game, and then put the game away. As I said yesterday after the game and now after watching the tape, we have a lot of corrections to make. We didn’t execute well on offense for most of the game and we weren’t as good on third-down. We were a little bit better on third-down defensively, but there were some where we could’ve defended better by making tackles on third-and-long plays. That’s key. Although we had some nice runs, we’re still a tick off in the run game. We also had execution issues on special teams that we have to shore up.”

Notebook: A Number for Geno To Chase; 30-Year First; Austin Turns It Over
It looks like the record belongs to the Vikings’ Keith Millard when he had 18 during the 1989 season he started every game at defensive tackle and the Bengals’ Geno Atkins is on pace for 19 after his two on Sunday gave him six for the season.

NFL Week 6 early odds: Unbeaten Chiefs open as an underdog, Bengals favored over Steelers
The 5-0 Chiefs have opened as a 3.5-point underdog against the Patriots, marking the first time since 2013 that an unbeaten team has been an underdog this late in the season. Coincidentally, the Chiefs were also involved the last time this happened. As a matter of fact, oddsmakers don't seem to show much respect for the Chiefs, because they always seemed to be involved when it comes to an undefeated team being an underdog.

Cincinnati Bengals see improvement with third-down defense
The Bengals (4-1) moved from the bottom of the league in third-down defense after holding Miami to 31 percent efficiency in a 27-17 win on Sunday as the Dolphins converted on just 4 of 13 third downs (30.7 percent).

Flying Pigskin Podcast: Bengals score big comeback against Dolphins, but Steelers loom ahead; Merril Hoge joins to discuss
Two pick-six touchdowns helped the Cincinnati Bengals comeback from a 17-point deficit to beat the Dolphins at home, but they've got another big game coming up.

Steelers consider how the Cincinnati Bengals have changed
From a distance, the Steelers have seen this progress. The Bengals' win over the Ravens came on Thursday Night Football. They're looking forward to studying Cincinnati themselves ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. road kickoff and are already considering how the Bengals, if at all, are different from previous versions of this same team.

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