Who Dey Dish: Bengals Never Wanted to Trade Palmer

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Rummaging through the internet to bring you latest news about the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL so that you don’t have to do it – this is your Who Dey Dish for Wednesday, November 18.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton Justified in Firing Back at J.J. Watt (Stripe Hype)

"J.J. Watt’s playful jab at Andy Dalton has quickly become the center of headlines across the country.Why?Maybe it’s because the 8-1 Bengals have proven that the “Bengals can’t win in prime time” narrative is irrelevant, even if they lost to the Texans last night (last night’s loss was the first time in four prime time matchups that Cincinnati came out without a win).What else is there to talk about? The Bengals beat themselves up, but everyone knows that. The exchange between Watt and Dalton, however, captured fans’ attention."

Bengals Seem More Bothered by How They Lost Than Loss Itself (ABC News)

"— Andy Dalton was repeatedly off-target and finished with a passer rating of 61, his lowest of the season.— Cincinnati had a season-low 256 yards overall.— Tight end Tyler Eifert dropped two passes.— The Bengals had nine penalties for 70 yards, repeatedly undercutting drives.— Punter Kevin Huber had one kick travel only 22 yards.— The defense allowed backup Texans quarterback T.J. Yates, who had signed with the club only a couple of weeks earlier, to lead a game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.Even with all of that, they had a chance to pull it out. A.J. Green fumbled after making a catch for what would have been a first down at the Texans 23-yard line with 40 seconds to go. Two weeks earlier, they were in a similar predicament in Pittsburgh and Dalton threw a touchdown pass to Green for a 16-10 win."

Bengals owner Mike Brown never wanted to trade Palmer (FOX Sports)

"In an exclusive interview with FOXSports.com, Brown said Tuesday that Palmer was concerned about his NFL longevity when seeking a trade prior to the 2011 season. Brown initially refused to deal Palmer, which prompted the latter to announce his retirement. Palmer, though, agreed to a comeback when traded at midseason to Oakland in exchange for first- and second-round draft picks.“We sat here in the office on a couple of occasions and argued about what the future should be for him and us,” Brown said. “Whether he really believed it or not I rather doubt. But my argument then with him was, ‘You’re a top quarterback and you’ve got real productive years in front of you.’“He would say to me, ‘Oh no. I’m all beat up. I’ll be lucky to play another year or two,’ which I didn’t take to heart.”"

AFC North Notebook: Bengals in danger of dropping two in a row (FOX Sports)

"The Cincinnati Bengals are now 8-1 after their offense hit a Texan-sized wall Monday night. Just when it seemed that Andy Dalton and the Bengals exorcised their prime-time demons, they reared their ugly head again in a stunning 10-6 home loss to Houston. Dalton didn’t get much help from his teammates as tight end Tyler Eifert had three crucial drops and A.J. Greencoughed the ball up on the final drive to seal their first loss of the season.Dalton and company will go right back under the lights Sunday night as they’ll visit Carson Palmer and the 7-2 Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have the top-ranked offense in the NFL to go with the No. 3 defense. A loss in Arizona would give the Bengals their first back-to-back defeats since falling to Miami and Baltimore in 2013."

After Texans Hold’em, Bengals turn to Cards (Bengals)

"It’s hard to see the Bengals playing much better on defense. After holding foes to 10 points in each of the last three games, they are now leading the NFL in scoring defense and doesn’t that make for a nice matchup against the Cardinals’ No. 1 offense?On Monday night the Bengals held the quarterbacks to 52 percent passing, held the running game to 3.3 yards per carry, and held one of the league’s best receivers, DeAndre Hopkins, to just five catches for 57 yards.It took Hopkins’ highlight film TD catch to beat a secondary that was terrific, led by cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick’s three passes defensed.It’s no coincidence the three-game run has coincided with the return of WILL backer Vontaze Burfict and with middle linebacker Rey Maualuga back on Monday, Burfict didn’t have to play as much on his knee, although he still played 35 snaps compared to 40 on Nov. 5."

NFL

Ron Rivera on Cam’s dancing: The league has changed (NFL)

"“I think if it was anything, it might’ve been too long,” Rivera told NFL Media’s Lindsay Rhodes. “I understand the celebration. Probably one of the things that he does during the celebration — I think that’s probably one of the neat things — is he takes the ball and he gives it to a worthy fan. I think that’s one of the things that we’re trying to make sure gets focused in on a little bit more and that is the opportunity to go up there and give the ball to one of our young fans that have come out and watched us play.”"

NFL suspends Aldon Smith of Oakland Raiders for year (ESPN)

"“First, I want to thank the Raiders, my teammates, the fans, our coaches and our owner for supporting me throughout all of this,” Smith said in the Raiders’ news release. “I am taking this time to work on myself and become the man I need to be, my team and organization needs me to be and I know I can be.”"

NFL not expected to suspend any officials for game-changing error (ESPN)

"On Monday, the league acknowledged that referee Pete Morelli’s crew should have called a false start on the final play from scrimmage, a penalty that would have forced a 10-second runoff and ended the game with a 20-19 Ravens victory. Instead, the Jaguars kicked a field goal to win 22-20.The error will be reflected in the crew’s weekly evaluation by the NFL office. But it isn’t expected to lead to the kind of discipline that took place last month, when another member of Morelli’s crew was suspended one week after an 18-second runoff on the game clock. Side judge Rob Vernatchi was singled out because his error — a failure to notice that the clock continued to run after a touchback — was administrative, rather than a matter of judgment."

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