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Sunday, November 10, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Cincinnati Bengals

By Coley Harvey

Observed in the locker room after the Cincinnati Bengals' 20-17 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Perturbed by penalties: The Bengals were glad to get A.J. Green's 51-yard Hail Mary touchdown reception at the end of regulation, but they didn't want to talk much about it. Instead, penalties were the hot topic of conversation in the locker room. Cincinnati was flagged nine times for 134 yards. It held a 7-2 advantage in penalties at halftime. "You can't speak about the refs without getting fined," cornerback Chris Crocker said, "but I'm not going to totally agree with what happened." Coach Marvin Lewis said the calls seemed one-sided at times.

Total-yard shocker: As a few reporters walked past the defensive back's wing of the Bengals' cramped visitors locker room inside M&T Bank Stadium, three curious players asked them what the Ravens' total yardage for the game was. When they were told "189," the defenders shook their heads. It isn't often a team loses a game in which it allowed fewer than 200 yards of offense.

Still in it: Center Kyle Cook may not be pleased with the loss, but the Bengals still lead their division, he noted. Not all is lost: "We've got three more division games left, and we'll write our own destiny here."