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Bengals News (11/2): Overreacting

Are the Bengals now pretenders after losing to the Jets?

Quick Hits: Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo looks to make adjustments ahead of the game against the Browns
Try 334 yards coming after the initial play, according to Pro Football Focus. A total of 280 yards after the catch, many off slithering screens to the running backs, and 54 yards after contact in the run game. The final count, PFF said, was 15 missed tackles. According to Jay Morrison of The Athletic, it's the most yards after catch allowed in the NFL since 2014.

Bengals Notebook: Jessie Bates, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon vow unity ahead of the Cleveland Browns game
It's not ideal. Because of the NFL's COVID protocols, the rooms are closed to media and players are made available only in press conference settings. But after Sunday's bitter 34-31 loss to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, it did offer an intriguing moment when three of the Bengals captains appeared on the podium together and vowed unity heading into Sunday's suddenly Titanic AFC North game against Cleveland.

Judging Week 8 NFL overreactions: Is the Browns' offense broken? Are the Bengals pretenders? Is Brian Flores on the hot seat?
But I have to say the larger body of work for Cincinnati this season is positive, and every team is allowed a stinker. The Packers got waxed by the Saints in Week 1, remember? Give me another couple of weeks of lousy games and I'll back off the Bengals. But their 2021 résumé still says contender more than it says pretender, and Burrow strikes me as the kind of guy who can use this for fuel.

Cincinnati Bengals get good update after Jackson Carman injury scare
The Cincinnati Bengals had an injury scare over the weekend during the loss to the New York Jets as rookie guard Jackson Carman had a cart come out after an apparent back injury.

Five Players the Cincinnati Bengals Should Target at the Trade Deadline
Blythe has experience at both right guard and center. He played for the Rams when Zac Taylor was in Los Angeles. Sending a late round pick to the Chiefs for Blythe is a no-brainer. He's on a veteran minimum deal and will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Former Bengals coach Lewis lands job as head coach
Lewis and Jeff Fisher have been selected to lead the National and American teams for the 2022 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The 10th annual game will take place on Jan. 29, 2022 at the Rose Bowl in California. It will be the 10th edition of the postseason all-star game featuring draft-eligible college football players.

Bengals: Officiating crew comments on infamous flag on Mike Hilton
By now, Cincinnati Bengals fans know all about the universally-disliked penalty flag thrown on cornerback Mike Hilton at a crucial moment during Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.

Around the league

Steelers trading Melvin Ingram to Chiefs for sixth-round pick
The Chiefs are acquiring edge rusher Melvin Ingram from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a sixth-round pick, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians: Trade package for RB Ronald Jones 'would have to be extraordinary'
Based on the way the season began for Ronald Jones, one might think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would take a bag of footballs and a handful of magic beans for him in a trade. But as Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline approaches, any interest in the Bucs' backup rusher will instead have to meet a high bar, according to coach Bruce Arians.

Titans signing former All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson to practice squad
Peterson now joins a 6-2 Titans team that sits atop the AFC standings with a three-game lead in the AFC South. Peterson has a chance to carve out a role as the Titans' early-down ball carrier when he gets up to speed on the offense. While he's no longer an All-Pro, Peterson showed last season he can still churn out yards between the tackles, with the occasional burst.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 9: Packers, Cowboys soar into top two slots
The Bengals were shredded by Mike White on Sunday, an outcome that only the most emotionally broken of Cincinnati fans could have predicted. White, a backup making his first career start, became the first Jets QB to throw for 400 yards in two decades and carved up the Cincinnati defense for 32 first downs -- New York's most in a game since 1988. The Bengals' offense wasn't innocent here, either, squandering opportunities early and letting the game slip away late following a Joe Burrow interception in the fourth quarter. Cincy blew an 11-point fourth-quarter lead against a one-win team -- it's the type of loss that prompts closer examination of who these Bengals really are.