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Bengals News (9/7): Recipe for Cincinnati upset

One analyst thinks the Bengals will put the NFL on notice in Week 1.

The Week That Defined The Bengals' 1981 Super Bowl Season
They talk about the November to Remember. Or the win in Pittsburgh that clinched the division and spawned the Hollywood reception at the airport. Or the iconic Freezer Bowl that sent them to their first Super Bowl and chilled the 1981 Bengals in an eternity of slashing stripes.

Bengals Notebook: Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon among seven team captains, Eli Apple draws fourth opening day start
The Bengals already had a sense where their leadership group was headed in the first post-Green-Dalton season of 2021 long before Monday's vote for captains. Of the seven players who modeled the new uniforms back in April, five of them are going to have the 'C,' on the new unis.

Bengals great T.J. Houshmandzadeh believes Ja'Marr Chase will succeed in his rookie season
Ja'Marr Chase may have dropped the last four straight passes that have come his way in a game, but after Monday's practice that began the prep for Sunday's opener against the Vikings (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 19) at Paul Brown Stadium, he calmly caught every question the Cincy media fired at him as if they were one of the 5,000 tennis balls he's caught this summer.

Joe Burrow Among Cincinnati Bengals 2021 Captains
Wide receiver Tyler Boyd, 26, and running back Joe Mixon, 25, are multiple 1,000-yard performers voted captains for the first time as they replace long-time offensive leaders A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard. Punter Kevin Huber, the senior Bengal in his 13th season with 190 games played, was named special teams captain again.

Bengals Sign Mike Daniels To The Practice Squad, Release Winston Rose
Daniels (6-0, 310), a 10th-year player out of the University of Iowa, has played in 122 career games (85 starts), and has 30 sacks, five PDs, two FFs and three FRs (one returned for a TD). He was with Cincinnati last season and during training camp this year, and was released on Aug. 31.

Ja’Marr Chase wants to put Vikings’ Patrick Peterson on highlight reel
Here’s what he told reporters about the matchup, per ESPN’s Ben Baby: “I could put Patrick Peterson on my highlight tape. He might be mad I’m saying it, but hey, you know what I’m saying, it’s part of the game. I’d love to make a play on him.”

Bengals picked to pull off upset of the week over Vikings in opener
With Joe Burrow’s return marked off the checklist already, the next step is simply winning games. And one outlet thinks Burrow and Co. will do just that.

Bengals season prediction: Final record, game outlooks and stat projections – The Athletic
The defense sets up with far fewer questions, more proven ability, ascending upside at key spots and more than one player who is legitimately top five at his position.

Trae Waynes out for Bengals this week
Waynes injured his hamstring in late August and head coach Zac Taylor told reporters on Monday that he will not be in the lineup for the opener. The Bengals open the season against the Vikings, who made Waynes the 11th overall pick of the 2015 draft.

Around the League

Ravens working out Le'Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman following Justice Hill's Achilles injury
Hill's injury is the second significant one suffered by a Baltimore running back, with J.K. Dobbins' knee injury preceding it, and it leaves the Ravens in need of a running back or two with the regular season just days away.

2021 AFC win-total projections: Browns win North; Steelers miss playoffs altogether
The Bengals have my model's 28th-ranked offensive line. Not ideal. On the plus side, rookie receiver Ja'Marr Chase forecasts to score at least seven receiving touchdowns in 57.0 percent of simulations, while Joe Burrow's median passing projection (4,403 yards) has him netting the most throwing yards in the AFC North.

2021 NFL triplets rankings: Packers, Bills climb; Falcons plummet
I ranked each quarterback 1-32 with a points system (32 for No. 1, all the way down to 1 for No. 32) in each of the two categories, then multiplied them by 1.5 to accurately represent the importance of the position to each team. As we all know, you live and die with your quarterback.