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The Bengals have built and developed a team that is more talented than most teams they will face this year.

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Cincinnati Bengals rely on raw talent in 2-0 start
The Cincinnati Bengals were victorious in their Week 2 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals are simply more talented than their foes.

Matchup Of The Game: Bengals Need More Than a Vigil Watching Newton
Remember when Nick Vigil was a rookie and Vontaze Burfict called him “Luke,” because he reminded him of Panthers Pro Bowl middle linebacker Luke Kuechly? Well, on Sunday in Carolina (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12), Vigil shares the field with The Cincinnati Kid and even though Burfict stopped calling him “Luke,” a long time ago, Vigil is looking forward to being in the same game with a guy he considers one of the best.

Bengals' Joe Mixon: Comfort level to determine return - NFL.com
Four days after knee surgery, Bengals RB Joe Mixon said he feels great and is walking. Now that the second-year pro is rehabilitating, he said the timetable on his return to the lineup is up to him.

NFL Teams Exceeding Expectations Already This Season | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Athletes are continuously told, "It's not how you start; it's how you finish." While true, a great start can completely change expectations and build confidence — which can lead to a great finish...

NFL Week 3 CBS Bengals @ Panthers Preview | NFL Analysis | Pro Football Focus
The PFF Preview Team previews Cincinnati’s clash with Carolina and breaks down the key statistical data that we provide to CBS prior to the game.

Dalton, Bengals look to stay unbeaten against Panthers
The Cincinnati Bengals have their offense revving in high gear to open the season. The Bengals have put up 34 points in back-to-back games, although quarterback Andy Dalton said they haven't played a perfect game.

David Fulcher says, "Real Men Wear Pink" | WKRC
WKRC’s Gary Miller sits down with former Bengals safety David Fulcher, discussing his call to men to wear pink for breast cancer awareness.

Random Bytes

Is Courtland Sutton the Broncos' version of A.J. Green? | 9news.com
In the Ravens' previous loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, it was 21-0 A.J. Green 2 minutes into the second quarter. That's right, the first three touchdowns of the game were scored by the Bengals' star receiver.

Baker Mayfield replaces injured Tyrod Taylor vs. Jets - NFL.com
Baker Mayfield is in the game for the Cleveland Browns.The Browns put the No. 1 overall draft pick into the game after starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor left to be evaluated for a concussion.

Antonio Brown on frustrations: ‘We’re losing. We suck’ - NFL.com
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-1-1 entering Week 3, and wide receiver Antonio Brown isn’t happy about it. Brown discussed his turbulent week with local reporters Thursday.

Carr: 'It hurts your heart to see' Khalil Mack off Raiders - NFL.com
Looking beyond coach Jon Gruden's somewhat strange comments about how difficult it is to find quality pass-rushers, it appears the Raiders are still trying to come to terms with Khalil Mack no longer on the team.

Buckeyes DE Nick Bosa out indefinitely after surgery - NFL.com
College football will be without one of its top defensive players. Ohio State Buckeyes DE Nick Bosa underwent surgery Thursday for a core muscle injury, and coach Urban Meyer said there is no timetable for his return.

FanDuel to pay man full $82,000 after disputed bet
Saying sports betting should be fun, FanDuel has changed course and decided to pay $82,000 to a man who capitalized on a mistake by the company. FanDuel also will add $1,000 apiece to the accounts of 82 randomly chosen customers.

Vikings' Mike Zimmer stands by claim ref said NFL 'just wants us to throw the flag'
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is not backing down from an allegation that further confuses the NFL's officiating approach this season.

32 NFL Observations, Week 2 | NFL Analysis | Pro Football Focus
PFF's Mark Chichester gives you 32 observations from Week 2 of the regular season.