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Bengals News (10/6): Keeping momentum

The Bengals got their first taste of victory, but what can they takeaway from Sunday’s win going forward?

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Keeping Bengals' Joe Burrow comfortable key to his early success
Burrow will meet with Bengals coach Zac Taylor and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan to go over the next day's game plan and playcalls. If they're on the road, the trio meets at the team hotel. At home, the process occurs inside an office at Paul Brown Stadium.

Bengals’ Jessie Bates is breaking out as NFL’s highest-graded safety
Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates is one of those players the team is going to have to start thinking about setting big money aside for an extension at a later date.

Cincinnati Bengals offense established identity in win over Jaguars
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was a surprise addition on the team’s injury report on Saturday morning. He was experiencing chest problems and said he had to get checked out by doctors at a hospital before getting the green light to play. The running back was cleared for action in Week 4 and proceeded to have one of the best games of his career.

'Winning is fun': Relieved Bengals now look for momentum
Fun, indeed, especially if you play for the Bengals, who didn't win a game until Week 13 of last year's 2-14 debacle. The first win of the year takes some of the pressure off for sure, but Burrow was probably smart to keep it brief and not make any predictions for the rest of the season.

Fighting father time: Bengals must plan for life after veteran stalwarts
The Cincinnati Bengals find themselves in a state of flux. Despite early signs showing the franchise has found their quarterback of the future in Joe Burrow, the rest of the roster clearly remains a work in progress. It is evident the organization is in a rebuilding phase, but there remains plenty of talent in their ranks. In particular, they have a trio of all-pro stars who are advancing in years.

NFL Minute: Bengals impressive win preludes difficult schedule
Tim Benz breaks down the impressive win over the Jaguars and the upcoming difficult schedule to follow for the 1-2-1 Bengals.

Bengals: Jordan Evans deserves another look after Sunday's performance
When the Cincinnati Bengals entered the 2020 season, for the first time in a long time, they did so with plenty of options at linebacker. Josh Bynes represented a solid leader, coming from a championship-caliber team. Germaine Pratt returned for his second-year after surging down the stretch of 2019.

Around the league

What we learned from Chiefs, Packers wins on Monday
Playing a day later than originally scheduled, the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots each had their struggles on Monday. But, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense eventually got going with a pair of shovel passes for scores, while the K.C. defense racked up four takeaways in a Chiefs win. Then it was time for Aaron Rodgers to shine. Another sterling night was had for the Green Bay Packers quarterback, who threw four touchdowns, with three going to Robert Tonyan, as the Packers remained undefeated with a win over the still winless Falcons.

Robert Tonyan introduces himself to NFL with three-touchdown outburst
Tonyan caught six passes for 98 yards and an eye-popping three touchdowns in a 30-16 win over Atlanta, enjoying the majority of end zone-related attention from Aaron Rodgers in the Packers' fourth-straight win to start 2020. He became the only Packers undrafted player in the common draft era (since 1967) to have three-plus receiving touchdowns in one game, exceeded his career touchdown total in one night, and pulled even with Tampa Bay's Mike Evans for the league lead in receiving touchdowns (five).

Texans fire Bill O'Brien as general manager, head coach
O'Brien's Texans had an eventful offseason, in which the coach and GM controversially traded away Houston's star receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, in an effort to gain needed draft capital and a reclamation project in running back David Johnson. It hasn't gone well, with Houston currently ranking last in the NFL in rushing yards per game and failing to score more than 23 points in any of its first four games.

2021 NFL Draft order: Jets No. 1, Cowboys in top 10
Joey B. can play. Now it's all about giving him the weaponry he needs to pull Cincinnati out of the cellar, which means upgrading the offensive line has to be Priority No. 1. The Bengals will need to beef up the receiving corps, too, if free-agents-to-be A.J. Green, John Ross and Mike Thomas move on. Corner is a spot to watch with starter William Jackson III and nickel back Mackensie Alexander scheduled to be free agents in 2021.