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One step closer to the top pick, and plenty of good to takeaway from the game.

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It comes as no surprise as the Bengals lose to the Patriots this week. What was surprising was how long Cincinnati stuck around. It took a second half meltdown for New England to really pull away. The defense showed some spunk, and Bengals’ fans got a look at the future during the pregame.

Bengals quick start

Cincinnati started off by taking the lead against New England. They even scored their first opening drive touchdown of the season. The touchdown was also setup by an outstanding Joe Mixon run that will undoubtedly be in his highlight reel for years to come. It wasn’t the start that anyone would’ve predicted, but it certainly helps prove that head coach Zac Taylor has the team headed in the right direction.

Putting pressure on the Pats

The Bengals defense seemed to continue their defensive dominance early in the game against the Patriots. After they took a punch t the face with New England scoring on the opening drive, they settled down and held the Patriots to a modest first half. The key to that defensive surge? The defensive line routinely getting in Brady’s face.

Dalton’s meltdown

Bengals’ fans are very familiar with Dalton’s meltdowns at this point. He has been able to avoid having his extremely low lows at this point in his career. However, this game was a pretty nice throwback (or behind) for him. With the game in striking distance, Dalton threw two picks that led to 14 points for the Patriots. He added a third on when the Bengals were marching down the field by throwing a jump ball up for Alex Erickson.

Cincinnati looked competitive on the offensive and defensive side of the ball all day, and they were going blow for blow with the Patriots, but Dalton’s performance lost them this game. It only helps make Cincinnati’s decision in the draft that much easier.

Jokes on film

It is no secret the Patriots got in trouble for recording the Bengals’ sideline headed into this game, and several fans and writers were ready to fire off a few jabs related to that. Here are the best of the best in that regard.

A taste of the future

Something happened prior to the game that many Bengals fans were excited/nervous about. Heisman winning quarterback Joe Burrow visited CBS for their pregame coverage, and former Bengals’ quarterback Boomer Esiason presented him with a Bengals helmet.

Based on today’s performance by Dalton, this future is becoming more and more likely as long as Cincinnati doesn’t pay their way out of the first overall pick.

It finally ended

We finally were put out of our misery, but that still left some fairly notable reactions to where the Bengals’ first overall pick standings feel as well as the future of the franchise.