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Bengals Bytes (9/24): Cincinnati comes up short against Carolina

The Bengals couldn’t pull out a victory against the Panthers as the team struggled to not shoot themselves in the foot.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers Opt Out To Run Off Bengals
“Game of inches. Game of inches,” Hubbard muttered a few times Sunday after the Bengals couldn’t take the measure of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during the fourth quarter of a 31-21 loss.

Bengals can't catch Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ At various times Sunday for the Bengals wide receivers it was a grinding and yet giddy afternoon that in the end amounted to a galling 31-21 loss to the Panthers. For the final 2:53 of the third quarter and the first 11:27 of the fourth the Bengals had three drives to tie it at 28 and if it wasn’t one thing it was another conspiring to make them come up empty.

Postgame Quotes: Week 3 At Carolina
I think the the thing is that’s a football game we had every opportunity to get it done and finish the thing out – a lot of opportunity. We gave up too many opportunities today with the turnovers. Gave them good field position too often and they capitalized on it. We didn’t get enough. We didn’t make the ball bounce our way and create enough of that. We have to do a better job of assignment football.

Quick Hits: Green Says He's OK; Panthers Run Free
A.J Green says it happened to him once in college. After he left the game on the third play of the third quarter in Sunday’s 31-21 loss to the Panthers, he said he landed awkwardly and suffered a groin injury when he couldn’t come down with a slant over the middle.

Green-less Bengals Can't Catch The Panthers
Maybe even more devastating is that perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green was lost early in the third quarter with a groin injury. Green tried to make a leaping catch over the middle and it looked like rookie cornerback Donte Jackson hit him early. The ball went one way and Green seemed to land awkwardly the other way. He stayed on the sidelines after he was rated probable and quickly downgraded to questionable.

Bengals lament missed opportunities in loss to Panthers
The Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) didn’t appear to be hanging their heads after a 31-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Several Bengals players lamented the major mistakes made in the game, pointing out that they had an opportunity to win until the fourth quarter.

A.J. Green talks John Ross being involved in two interceptions
On the first, it looked like Ross could have done more to counteract a bad throw from Dalton. The second — late in the fourth quarter — seemed like both guys were at fault as the ball sailed over Ross’ head while he wasn’t even looking for it.

Carolina Panthers hand Cincinnati Bengals first loss
Bengals QB Andy Dalton passed for 352 yards and two TDs, completing 29 of 46, but he also threw four interceptions - one on a Hail Mary on the last play of the game.

NFL Week 3: Carolina Panthers defeat Cincinnati Bengals 31-21
Panthers coach Ron Rivera wanted a little something more from his offense, which is why he turned to his old boss Norv Turner as the team’s new coordinator this season. Rivera, who once coached under Turner in San Diego, said he got exactly what he was hoping for Sunday. Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others , Christian McCaffrey racked up a career-high 184 yards rushing and Carolina handed the Cincinnati Bengals their first loss of the season 31-21 behind a well-balanced offensive attack.

Joe Mixon could return for the Bengals in Week 4 despite recent knee surgery
Mixon had a minor knee clean-up performed last Saturday, removing a particle that had been bothering him, which would generally put him out at least two games. However, since the Bengals had played on Thursday instead of Sunday that week, and the procedure was conducted prior to the end of the week, Mixon's timetable could be fluid.

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