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Bengals Bytes (8/20): Hidden agendas

After many months of seemingly-sound plans, the Cincinnati Bengals have made themselves a target for big questions and criticism.

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Iloka may not be unemployed for long. The team he just faced is apparently showing interest in his services.

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