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Bengals beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski talk about the staff’s 24-23 Week eight win towards the Indianapolis Colts.
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And so at present, we worship the 7-foot wingspan of Carlos Dunlap, whose fingertips contact the tops of his knees. We reward the genes and the house cooking that helped him attain 6-foot-6 and 280 kilos whereas retaining unusual reflexes and agility for a human that measurement.

All Dunlap did Sunday was save the Bengals’ season. Seven minutes left in what had been a dreadful Bengals present and Dunlap leaps, ideas, intercepts, runs and scores. All in concerning the time it took you to learn that sentence. Extra exactly, Dunlap tipped a Jacoby Brissett move, waited eternally for the ball to flutter into his arms, pawed it and ran sixteen yards for a recreation-profitable landing.

“What I assumed was, he higher not let that offensive deal with catch him,” stated teammate Chris Smith.

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Bengals 24, Indy 23 was a reason to exhale, not a cause to celebrate. Cincinnati avoided Any Given Sunday, and that’s about it. Sports trusts only the scoreboard, though. The standings do not count good wins or lucky wins or ugly wins over teams you should trounce. As Andy Dalton said, “You gotta win by one. We were able to do that.”

But the warts were ugly and, perhaps, unfixable.

The offensive line was overrun and that made everything exhausting to watch. The Colts surprised the Bengals with defensive schemes the Bengals hadn’t seen on video. That doesn’t explain the manhandling. “We had some issues in there today,” Marvin Lewis said.

Uber drivers working 12-hour shifts spend less time on their butts than Dalton did. Afterward, he was surprisingly and refreshingly candid about it. “I got pressure right up the middle,” Dalton said. “That can’t happen.”

The running game was absent. This fall, the Bengals have perfected the art of the 2-yard dash, a talent they maintained against Indy. Joe Mixon, Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard carried 17 times for 34 yards. Precisely two yards a try.

Typical was…