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Bengals News (11/12): The Saints breakthrough the jungle

The Bengals failed to defend their home field, and that is putting it nicely.

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Postgame Quotes: Saints at Bengals
“Obviously in the football game, both teams took the ball and drove down the field. We didn’t do things well enough on the first drive to get them off the field. After that, we seemed to erode as the day went on with our responsibilities and our execution. Offensively, I think we had a three-out-out the next time (after the first drive). It seemed in the game like we’d get a little off rhythm, come back and make a few plays the next series, and then stall at midfield. As I told them, you can’t lose sight of where we are. This hurts everybody, but we have to get better. We have to coach better, play better, and the focus has to come down to preparing better and getting ready for the next game.”

Saints Go Big On Bengals
The Saints flipped the script in Sunday’s first half when quarterback Drew Brees killed them softly on 18 of 20 passing with his two longest passes to running back Mark Ingram and New Orleans hogged the ball for 40 of 60 plays and devastating 19:33 time of possession as they broke to a 35-7 half-time lead against a flummoxed Bengals defense that allowed 311 yards.

NFL insider notes: Hot Colts eye playoffs behind Reich, Bengals can't stop anyone and more from Week 10
I continue to be impressed with this bunch. All season long they have hung around games and displayed considerable improvement under rookie coach Frank Reich. And finally, after suffering some bitter defeats to Philadelphia in Week 3 and then to Houston in overtime in Week 4, this young team seems to be learning how to close tight games in recent weeks. It required a last-minute forced fumble to put away Jacksonville on Sunday, effectively ending the Jaguars' season and the Blake Bortles era and perhaps triggering big changes to the coaching staff and front office as well. But the Colts made the play, and suddenly they are a tough out in the AFC.

Bengals eye AFC after NFC Brees whips through PBS
After Saints quarterback Drew Brees scorched them Sunday in what amounted to a seven-on-seven drill, the Bengals realized there is no practice left. Knocked to one knee with one of the worst losses in franchise history, 51-14, the 5-4 Bengals head to Baltimore next with a chance to take a bigger step into the play-off picture.

Instant analysis after Bengals let Saints put up 51 points
…the Bengals punted for the first time. No joke — missing players on the defensive side of the ball, the Bengals couldn’t afford to fall behind. They did early and the eventual result was never in question.

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals WR, may not return from toe injury until December
Green avoided surgery on the toe he injured against the Buccaneers in Week 8, just prior to the Bengals' bye week. While the initial prediction was that he would be out at least two games, an early December return would have him missing three -- against the Saints on Sunday, and versus the Ravens and Browns in Weeks 11 and 12.

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