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Bengals Bytes (8/27): Cincinnati gives a proper welcome to the NFL for Josh Allen

The Bengals’ defensive line was constantly sacking and pressuring the Bills’ rookie quarterback.

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Andy Dalton receives a standing ovation in Buffalo
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton takes the field in opposing territory and gets cheered by the fans who thank Dalton for helping the Bills get to the playoffs in 2017.

Pass game synced for Sept. 9
After Sunday’s fireworks at New Era Field in the 26-13 victory over the Bills, the Bengals’ first offense put away its weapons until the Sept. 9 opener in Indy with the hope this diverse keg of yards can get them back to that 2015 season of offensive ease that is head coach Marvin Lewis’ best out of 16 seasons at 12-4.

Defense sacks its way into opener
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. _ Left end Carlos Dunlap, who has the second most sacks in Bengals history, didn’t have any Sunday and neither did bookend Michael Johnson. But they were quite content to watch their linemates divide up five sacks of shell-shocked Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen in the first 24 minutes of a 26-13 pre-season victory over Buffalo.

Quick hits: Ross follows script; Dalton stands tall; Glenn good
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. _ The Bengals scripted the first play of Sunday’s dress rehearsal and when it went for a 57-yard touchdown on another head-shaking play from wide receiver John Ross, their first team offense and defense and special teams couldn’t have written the script any better for the pre-season’s third game.

Preseason Perfection Continues, Bengals Beat Bills, 26-13
Linebacker Carl Lawson had 2 1/2 of the Bengals five sacks in the first half, during which Cincinnati's defense overwhelmed Buffalo's starting offense and rookie quarterback Josh Allen.

Bengals' first-teamers flex to dominate Bills
ORCHARD PARK, NY _ Moments after the New Era Field crowd greeted Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton with a standing ovation, Dalton sat them back down in the game’s first ten minutes with a perfect passer rating and two touchdown passes that staked them to a 14-0 lead on the way to a 20-0 half-time lead.

Ex-Cincinnati Bengals CB Adam Jones to sign deal with Denver Broncos
Jones worked out for the Broncos on Sunday morning. He has a history with Broncos coach Vance Joseph, who was the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive backs coach in 2014-15. Jones played for the Bengals from 2010 to 2017.

Andy Dalton, Bengals Beat Bills as Josh Allen Fails to Impress
Buffalo fell to 1-2, although this game was far more notable for Josh Allen's first start than the final score. The Wyoming product finished just 6-of-12 for 34 yards and struggled throughout the first half behind lackluster protection, while counterpart Andy Dalton went 11-of-16 for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

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NFL Preseason Week 3 Roundup: Randy Gregory's a Star If He Can Stay on the Field
In most cases, this is the week in which starters see the most action. And sure enough, the Cincinnati Bengals left the first-team offense on the field for a while in Buffalo against a Bills team with a major question to answer.

Jalen Ramsey on Hit Leading to Marqise Lee Injury: You Have to Be Mad at the NFL
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey lamented the NFL's new rules on helmet-to-helmet hits after teammate Marqise Lee suffered a knee injury in Saturday's 17-6 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Cardinals Crush Cowboys on SNF as Dak Prescott, Josh Rosen, More Starters Sit
Arizona moved to 3-0, while the Cowboys fell to 0-3 in a game that was more notable for those who didn't play—Josh Rosen, David Johnson, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, among others—than those who did.

Browns DC Gregg Williams After Denzel Ward's Injury: He Needs to Tackle Better
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