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Peter King
December 12, 2005
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December 12, 2005

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Cincy Not Welcome

Not only are the Bengals 5-1 on the road, but they also put up 37 points against Indianapolis, 42 against Baltimore and 38 against Pittsburgh, three teams in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense.... Chicago's Thomas Jones surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his six seasons. The knock on Jones was that he wasn't quick or tough enough, but he's doing pretty well considering defenses dismiss the Bears' weak pass attack.... The league is considering floating the idea of putting speakers in offensive linemen's helmets so they can hear the snap count in noisy stadiums such as Indy's RCA Dome and Minnesota's Metrodome.

Bad News Browns

The misfortune that befell Cleveland wideout Braylon Edwards (right) on Sunday--a torn right ACL that ended his promising rookie season--is the latest in a litany of woes for the team's top draft picks. Edwards, No. 3 overall last April, had 32 catches but also missed two earlier games with an infection.

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