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The Bengals did plenty of improving this offseason. They were far more active than usual in free agency Dre Kirkpatrick Jersey , and they hired Zac Taylor as their new head coach. One problem still remains, though."The offseason portion of teams acquiring players has pretty much come to an end. While an NFL roster is always in constant fluctuation, free agency and the NFL draft is where we see teams change the most. We now have a pretty good idea how each team’s 90-man roster will look.ESPN recently went through and found the biggest hole still left on every teams’ roster. The Bengals hole really shouldn’t come as any surprise to those who have been paying attention.The linebacker position has been a prominent issue for the Bengals for a few seasons now. It has become a more glaring issue in recent years as NFL offenses are passing far more frequently (especially to running backs and tight ends). Vontaze Burfict covered this issue for a few seasons, but then it became hard to rely on him to be available due to suspensions and injuries. Towards the end of his time with Cincinnati, he was even a liability when he could make his way on the field.The Bengals essentially repeated their 2018 strategy to address the issue this year. They drafted a linebacker in the third round and signed Preston Brown, only this time, they re-signed him to a multi-year extension after he spent most of 2018 injured. It just doesn’t seem like the Bengals view this as much of an issue as they should.Look at how they addressed the offensive line in the past two years. They traded for left tackle Cordy Glenn, drafted a center in Billy Price and a tackle in Jonah Williams in the first round, signed John Miller to start at right guard and spent a couple of Day 3 picks on interior linemen Rod Taylor and Michael Jordan. You could even throw in there that they decided to give a competitive contract to Bobby Hart (although I prefer to try and repress that memory).The difference in apparent urgency is obvious when you compare the two position groups. In fairness Billy Price Jersey , the Bengals didn’t have an opportunity to draft either Devin Bush or Devin White after both were selected in the first round. However, they still could’ve made more of an effort to bring in outside help via free agency. Offensive line and linebackers were the two position groups that simply weren’t good following the 2017 season, but only one has seen at the very least the attention it deserves. There is just so much unknown going into 2019 as far as linebackers go. How much will the change of the defensive scheme help this group after former-defensive coordinator Teryl Austin failed to get anything out of them? Can Nick Vigil take that next step into becoming a reliable three-down linebacker? Can Malik Jefferson prove he should’ve gotten a chance last season? How much of a learning curve will Germaine Pratt have in his rookie season? Can Jordan Evans, Chris Worley or even rookie Deshaun Davis push for the second nickel linebacker position as well?These are all questions that we really won’t know until the pads come on. However, for the Bengals to be successful on defense they probably need at least three of these guys to emerge as players who can make an impact or at least cover someone. It is no secret that last year the Bengals’ linebackers couldn’t cover anyone, and other teams knew that. For the Bengals defense to take that next step, that issue needs to be resolved.Fans have to hope that a year of development and a change to Lou Anarumo as the defensive coordinator will help a position group that has simply been one of the worst in football the past few seasons. We will have to wait and see if any of these linebackers can rise to the top and prove the Bengals didn’t need to make huge wholesale changes to their linebacker personnel. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It’s hard to tell these days what’s more entertaining to watch: Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs‘ high-flying offense or their crazy, creative touchdown celebrations.Opposing teams are getting a heavy dose of both.The latest victim was the Cincinnati Bengals Jessie Bates Jersey , who watched Mahomes torch their banged-up defense for 358 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-10 Chiefs victory Sunday night. Kareem Hunt added three touchdowns, Tyreek Hill and Demetrius Harris also scored and Kansas City rolled up 551 yards total offense in the rout.“We have an amazing time. It’s always fun when you’re winning,” Harris said with a smile. “It’s a lot of fun with the group of guys we’ve got, and we’re just taking advantage of it.”That goes for those touchdown celebrations.After catching his TD pass, Harris sprinted about 30 yards to what he thought was a camera well and jumped in as if it was a foxhole. It turned out to be a rough landing — it was actually some machinery — though he followed through with his routine by tossing the football as if it was a grenade.“Bombs away and everyone get out of the way,” he said.Later, Hill caught a TD pass in the corner of the end zone, sprinted to an official and fainted at his feet. Left tackle Eric Fisher ran over to provide CPR — as if the Chiefs offense needed resuscitation — and Hill popped to his feet. He did a backflip before racing back to the sideline.Then there was the choreographed dance following another touchdown. Everyone knew the moves except Mahomes, who looked decidedly out of place as he danced along.“It’s fun. We have a lot of young guys on the team that just have fun playing football Sam Hubbard Jersey ,” he said. “But they didn’t tell me what they were doing, so I was just trying to go along.”Yes, the Chiefs (6-1) were having all kinds of fun Sunday night.The Bengals (4-3) were in no mood to laugh.Andy Dalton was held to 148 yards passing with a touchdown and a pick-6, and Joe Mixon had 50 yards rushing, as the NFL’s worst defense held Cincinnati to 239 yards of total offense.“Going in you have to do a really good job, first of all making first downs, to be able to make adjustments, to be able to tackle, to make plays in the open field Malik Jefferson Jersey , and we didn’t do a very good job of that,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. “It just comes down to as simple as that.”As the Chiefs continue celebrating their win, and the Bengals try to pick up the pieces from their second straight loss, here are some of the key takeaways:BANGED-UP BENGALSTE Tyler Kroft (knee), LB Nick Vigil (knee) and CB Darqueze Dennard (shoulder) missed the game with injuries, and they were soon joined by three more crucial pieces. LB Vontaze Burfict limped off with a hip injury, WR John Ross hurt his groin and TE Mason Schreck hurt his knee.MILESTONE WINChiefs coach Andy Reid picked up his 200th win, though he deflected any acclaim to the players and personnel who have helped him along the way. He needs one more win to tie Dan Reeves for eighth on the NFL’s career list. “He’s a great coach. You want to be around him,” Hunt said. “He is definitely one of the best coaches of all time.”SUNDAY SLOWDOWNWhile the Chiefs improved to 8-3 in Sunday night games Mark Walton Jersey , the Bengals were probably miffed when the game got flexed from its noon kickoff. Cincinnati dropped to 3-16 on Sunday night and has now lost nine consecutive games.GETTING DEFENSIVEChiefs safety Ron Parker returned Dalton’s interception for a second-half score, giving the Chiefs two touchdowns in a span of 9 seconds. Parker had a feeling it was coming, too. “That’s what I was waiting on my whole career,” he said. “It was crazy. My daughter asked before the game like, ‘Daddy, how come you don’t score touchdowns?’ So that one was for her.”CELEB SIGHTINGSNASCAR star Clint Bowyer raced his way into the next round of the playoffs with a strong run at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Then he raced to Arrowhead Stadium as a guest of Chiefs general manager Brett Veach. The two met earlier this year and became fast friends, and Bowyer — a native of Emporia, Kansas — got the star treatment Sunday night complete with an autographed Mahomes jersey.