Cincinnati Bengals Win the Bye Week and the Ravens Helped

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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The Cincinnati Bengals take the field against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The Cincinnati Bengals take the field against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cincinnati Bengals had one simple task, not to find a way to screw up the bye week.

Well it seems like they accomplished the task and then watched Baltimore finish the job. The Cincinnati Bengals are sitting only half a game behind the Steelers and Ravens for first place in the division. It is almost as sweet as seeing the Steelers out of first in the division.

The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed Wallace Gilberry last week. Although he has lost a step, his strength and knowledge of this defense, can only help with his veteran presence. This defensive line will use his presence as they are ranked in the bottom half of the league. In Gilberry’s four seasons with the Bengals, he forced three fumbles and had 17.5 sacks.

William Jackson III has been deemed by Marvin Lewis as “very close to returning”. In turn, the Bengals released Chris Lewis-Harris, who was then signed by Baltimore. This could be huge, not only for a struggling pass defense, but also for Jackson, who missed most of the preseason and all of the season to this point with a torn pectoral.

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Outside of Andy Dalton being named week eight’s worst, which was a joke since most of Blake Bortles accomplishments came against a second team defense, this offense carried the Bengals to a tie against the Redskins. The defense needs to find another level. They have only lost a handful of players from last year, mostly Reggie Nelson. However, this team has yet to find their pro bowl, elite form.

Probably the most important part of this bye week came for Mike Nugent. He is still heading into Monday with a job. Plus, he didn’t miss a field goal in week nine. In fact, he didn’t have an attempt, a fan booing, or blame to take for a tie, loss, or closer than comfort win.

The Bengals came out of the bye week with a win. Although it doesn’t show up in the win column, it should set them up for the second half of the season. If the Bengals can find a way to right the ship, they could still make a run at the playoffs and much more.

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