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Bengals News (10/21): A.J. Green still focused on return despite poor start

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A.J. Green is still the high quality character player we’ve all become used to.

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What we learned: Cincinnati Bengals now 0-7 after losing to Jacksonville Jaguars
Andy Dalton threw a season-high three interceptions. The Bengals quarterback was off for most of the game. Dalton was 7-for-16 passing in the first half. He threw all three interceptions in the fourth quarter. They all came in a five-play span.

Postgame quotes from Bengals players and coach Zac Taylor
“It’s a frustrating loss. We knew this game was going to come down to field position (and be a) turnover battle. The way the field position (turned out to be) was the way we thought this game was going to be played in the first half. The defense did a good job getting some stops and minimizing the points, and on offense, we didn’t do enough to take advantage of it. We had several three-and-outs there in the first two quarters — one was a four-and-out, but it kind of feels like a three-and-out — and we just didn’t stand up and make enough plays. That was frustrating. That was very frustrating because that was the type of game we envisioned it was going to be, and there were opportunities in front of us and we didn’t do enough to take advantage of it. Give them credit. They did a nice job, and we didn’t make enough plays to get going.”

Quick Hits: Green All In As He Waits On Ankle; Run Game Frustration; Webb's Day Of What-Ifs
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green watched it all Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium and after Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Jaguars he said he’s only looking at when he can return and play for the first time this season and not at the Oct. 29 trade deadline.

Bengals fall to the Jaguars, 27-17
As if to underscore their season-long offensive struggles, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw three straight interceptions in the fourth quarter in a span of five passes and Jacksonville defensive end Yannick Ngakoue took one of them 23 yards for a touchdown with 4:18 left that broke open Cincinnati’s 27-17 loss Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium during the Jags' 18-7 run in the final 12:41.

A.J. Green - Bengals 0-7 start won't affect return
"Everybody knows what type of guy I am," Green said. "I'm not going to fake anything. I'm not going to milk anything. When I'm ready to play, you know it's time for me to go. It doesn't matter what the record (is). Nobody can hold me back when it's time to play."

Bengals again in the game before more brutal red zone play from Andy Dalton
Dalton’s first interception stifled a drive that could have tied the game in the fourth quarter. The following two turnovers cleared out a stadium that was fairly empty already. Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue intercepted a botched screen pass for a 23-yard touchdown. On Dalton’s next throw, Jacksonville safety Ronnie Harrison picked Dalton off again as boos descended from the crowd and all comeback hopes were crushed.

Jaguars vs. Bengals - Game Recap
Three interceptions. A defensive touchdown. A dominant performance by the line. All of it added up to a soothing win for Jacksonville, given the way the week had played out.

Bengals’ stadium is so quiet, you can hear a fan yelling about a player’s hair
Paul Brown stadium was very quiet on Sunday as the Bengals hosted the Jaguars. So much so that during a penalty, before the referee made the announcement, game cameras picked up audio of a fan yelling about Jag’s kicker Josh Lambo’s hair.

Bengals’ Taylor hints at changes
Andy Dalton had a miserable afternoon in Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Jaguars, with three interceptions, all in the fourth quarter. Dalton threw picks on consecutive pass attempts and one was returned for a touchdown. He completed 51% of his passes.

NFL notebook: Bengals' Green 'still a ways to go'
"If I can go, I can go," Green said, via the Dayton Daily News. "If I can't, I can't. It's no big thing. Like I said from Day 1, if I'm healthy enough to play then I'm going to play. Right now, I still have a ways to go."

2020 NFL draft: How top players and possible Bengals targets performed
It was quite an easy and fun day for the Ohio State defense and they left no doubt against Northwestern in a 52-3 whooping of the Wildcats. Young just continued to show his stuff. He didn’t rack up the tackles, compiling just two, but he did have another sack, bringing him to 9.5 sacks on the season and continuing his streak of recording at least a half-sack in every game this season. Next on his radar is Jack Coan and the Wisconsin Badgers, who were stunned late by Illinois on Saturday.

Around the league

What we learned from Sunday's Week 7 games
Week 7 brought us a handful of historic performances. Aaron Rodgers threw for five touchdowns -- and ran for one, too -- in Green Bay's win over Oakland. Marvin Jones hauled in four touchdowns but tallied less than 100 receiving yards in Detroit's loss to Minnesota. The 49ers and Redskins played just the fifth 9-0 game in NFL history and the quickest game (2 hours 36 minutes) since 2009! Here's what we learned from a weird weekend of football:

Drew Brees plans to return to Saints practice this week
The Saints signal-caller has made incremental steps back to normalcy in recent weeks. Two weeks ago, he posted video of himself throwing Nerf-sized footballs. Last Thursday, Brees told WWL Radio he had graduated to tossing an NFL-regulation ball.

Devonta Freeman ejected for punching Aaron Donald
Freeman and Donald grappled, with the massive defensive lineman putting the RB on skates. The frustrated running back then swung a fist. Freeman was eventually taken to the ground by a referee.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank: 'I still support' Dan Quinn
Quinn is currently in his fifth season and most notably led Atlanta to the Super Bowl after the 2016 regular season. The Falcons posted a 10-6 record the following year and that was the last time Atlanta finished the season above .500 and/or went to the postseason.