ChatRewind: Are the Bengals overrated?

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Zack (Baltimore): Do you see Arthur Brown competing for a starting linebacker spot this year?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Right now, Brown is going to see time on the nickel defense. His speed and athleticism suits coverage. He'll work his way up to playing early downs and stopping the run. Josh Bynes has the starting job for right now.


Bob (Dayton, Ohio): Do you think the Bengals are a bit overrated considering seven of their 10 wins were against the Browns, Jags, Chargers, Raiders, Chiefs, Eagles and a gimme against the Ravens at the end of the season? Doesn't playing teams like these inflate statistics like defensive and offensive rankings. Just tempering expectations.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): If the Bengals surprisingly struggle, this point becomes more valid. This was also the team that won at Pittsburgh in a must-win situation and won at the Redskins, who won the NFC East. That's why I don't consider the Bengals to be overrated. They're one of the top 10 teams in the NFL this year.


Harry (North Carolina): Do the Cleveland Browns have a serious shot at going .500 this season?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): That should be the goal. With their schedule, I'm skeptical of them finishing with a winning record even if the team has improved. And, with how the past five seasons have gone, reaching .500 would be considered a success. I would be interested if the Browns stick with quarterback Brandon Weeden if he gets the team to eight wins.


Bernard (Philly): Given the injury to tight end Heath Miller, the offseason loss of Mike Wallace and the inconsistent play of the offense in the preseason, would the Steelers have been better served drafting tight end Tyler Eifert in the first round rather than linebacker Jarvis Jones?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Steelers couldn't have gone wrong with either Eifert or Jarvis Jones. You can make the case that the Steelers' biggest need on defense was improving the pass rush and generating more turnovers, which is what Jones did in college. In the Steelers' mind, Miller should be back by October and the team can get by with David Paulson.