Patriots vs Bengals: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Cincinnati

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Patriots vs Bengals: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Cincinnati
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

In what was a highly defensively-driven matchup, the Cincinnati Bengals edged the New England Patriots by a final score of 13-6 on Sunday. This enormous win for Cincinnati now puts the team at 3-2 in a three-way tie atop the AFC North. The win also knocks the 4-1 Patriots out of the unbeaten ranks.

After a dismal performance against the Cleveland Browns in Week 4, Cincinnati needed this win badly to right the ship and avoid digging themselves into a deep hole.

One question can be asked after this Week 5 performance: Who are the 2013 Bengals?

The showings that this team has put on over the course of five weeks have been so entirely different, it becomes hard to tell which Bengals team will show up on any given week. However, one thing is for certain: this is a team that will heavily rely on its defense going forward—much like it did 2012.

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