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Bengals Bytes (7/1): Stat showing Vontaze Burfict’s importance to the defense

You can tell which weeks the Bengals do and don’t have Vontaze Burfict just by watching, but now we have a stat that really tells the tale of what this defense misses without him.

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Vontaze Burfict is one of the NFL’s better players when actually on the field. For the Cincinnati Bengals, the problem is keeping him on the field with his head in the game.

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