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Bengals: Is the '14 version better than the '13 version?

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Best team to miss the playoffs

The Bengals have won nine, 10, and 11 games and reached the postseason the past three years, but their upward mobility ends here. Rather than playing the NFC North and AFC East as it did in 2013 -- divisions that had just one winning team apiece -- Cincinnati faces a tougher schedule this year, including the NFC South and improved AFC South. In a big season for both Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton, the Bengals slip back to 8-8 or 9-7, and fall just short.

Video: What if the Bengals had drafted Kaepernick?

(Getty Images: Wallace Gilberry, Bengald DL)

Gilberry's perseverance paying off
Kevin Goheen, FoxSportsOhio
Gilberry, 29, has produced 14 sacks totaling more than 100 yards in losses as well as 70 tackles, three pass breakups, a pair of forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries since signing with the Bengals two weeks into the 2012 season.  "He's just one of those guys that seems to make plays," said defensive line coach Jay Hayes. "He's at a point in his career where he wants the moniker of being the starter and he's worked hard to get it."

ESPN Predictions: Bengals 9-7, 2nd AFC North 
Will win 12 if DC Paul Guenther can maximize talent the way Mike Zimmer did and Dalton plays like a $115M man.
Will win 7 if vet CBs no longer exceed expectations and rook CB Darqueze Dennard is slow to develop.

Hobson: Looking at the 53 man roster

Margus Hunt dominant in preseason
There will be times this season when Hunt will appear to be unblockable. There will also be times when it's obvious that he has been playing football for less than a half-decade.


Losing it
From listener Jeff
Reds Losing months in a season:
2014: 4 losing months out of 5 months.
2012-2013:  1 losing month in 2 seasons.
2010-2013:  5 losing months in 4 seasons.
If the Reds have a losing September, the 2014 season will equal the number of losing months the Reds totaled in previous 4 seasons.
The salary dump market
ESPN Insider
6. Brandon Phillips, Reds 

Owed: $12 million in 2015, $13 million in 2016 and $14 million in 2017 ($39 million over the next three seasons) 

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How Reds react to second half swoon will be major factor in offseason
NY Post 
The club that faces the most daunting hurdles is the Reds because: 1) Four-fifths of their rotation will enter their walk year to free agency in 2015. 2) They have huge investments in a right side of the infield, with Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto, that has significant indicators of diminishing returns. 3) They play in arguably the majors’ toughest division, with the Brewers, Cardinals and Pirates all still vying for the playoffs, and the scariest element for every team in the NL Central the behemoth growing at Wrigley.

When the game ends at GABP

Down on the Farm: Corky Miller Night


Pretty cool

The Arizona Diamondbacks do an annual Alumni Game.
Game story HERE. Thanks listener Alex Wallace for the heads up.


This is a yearly purchase for me. It is a must have for football geeks. I use it for our Monday Bengals Line and Thursday Roundtable shows. I purchase the $39.99 version.
It gives me on-demand access to all NFL regular season games, plus an archive of games back to 2009. I love the condensed, 30-minute version of each game. I watch the upcoming opponent for the Bengals this way. I also get the Coaches Film, which is the overhead version of the game that the coaches review. It's 'All 22', a version that shows you all 22 players on field for each snap. 


Former Bearcat, Zach Collaros leads Hamilton to CFL win.
Collaros had been out since July 4 with a concussion.


Forgotten Four
The EPIX Original Documentary, Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football is coming to EPIX September 23rd at 8pm ET. 


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