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Bengals News (11/3): Joe Burrow keeps it calm

Despite many fans and pundits hitting the panic button on the Bengals, Joe Burrow isn’t phased.

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“As you play more football and you have more experience under your belt, you learn how to handle it,” Burrow said, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. “Just like last week we were the best offense in the league and now all of a sudden we stink and everyone thinks we’re gonna miss the playoffs and we’re gonna lose all these games. It’s such a roller coaster each week and I think part of being quarterback is staying even-keeled throughout the season, throughout games, because everything is so up and down and you kinda need that voice and that level-headed mindset on the team and that’s part of your job as quarterback.”

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“I feel really good about where we’re at,” Burrow said, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.. “We’ve had some injuries and continue to have some injuries, but we’re also getting some guys back here hopefully pretty soon. We gotta right the ship until we get some of those guys back, gotta find ways to win games, guys gotta step up. That’s part of the NFL.”

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After Wednesday's walk-through at the IEL Indoor Facility, Bengals cornerbacks coach Charles Burks stayed behind to do some running and he tweaked his hamstring to join many of his players as the walking wounded. Nothing major, he says. He'll be coaching Thursday and he thinks he'll be able to work out, too. He just wishes his own lineup for Sunday's game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's FOX 19) against the Panthers is more definitive.

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"I think for the most part I've got the ball out quickly, and I think since Week 1, I've really done a good job taking care of the ball," said Burrow, who has thrown two interceptions since the opener and one came off Monday night's tip. "Last game we had some tough breaks in that department. But I think for the most part I'm playing smart, playing fast, getting the ball quickly and taking care of it."

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