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Former Bengal, Patriot Marquis Flowers opens up on the 'We're on to Cincinnati' game

Former Bengal, Patriot Marquis Flowers opens up on the 'We're on to Cincinnati' game

The New England Patriots weren't exactly in a great spot heading into Week 5 of the 2014 NFL season. The team was only 2-2 and was coming off a crushing 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.

In that game, Tom Brady didn't look like his usual self. He had two picks, just 159 passing yards, and one touchdown pass that came when the team was already down 27-0. He was replaced late by Jimmy Garoppolo, who looked solid on the field. That led some to wonder if the Patriots dynasty was coming to an end.

Famously, after the game, Bill Belichick answered every question posed about the game with one simple response. "We're on to Cincinnati." The press conference went viral and put a spotlight on the Patriots' Sunday night clash with the Cincinnati Bengals.

That game ended up defining the season. The Patriots bounced back by smashing the Bengals by a final score of 43-17. Brady looked as strong as ever, and that was the first step for the Patriots to get back onto the Super Bowl path.

At least, that's how former Bengals linebacker Marquis Flowers remembers it. On Twitter, Flowers shared a brief memory of the game, including what his then-defensive coordinator said.

So, yeah. Clearly that type of hype up didn't work, especially since the Patriots were so desperate for a win at the time. And the "demise of the Patriots" storyline was clearly overblown considering that they've won three Super Bowls and appeared in a fourth since that game.

The D-coordinator's words and the headlines of the time make this an amusing anecdote that just makes the whole event that much better for the Patriots, in retrospect.

That said, It's easy to see why Flowers was able to laugh this off. Flowers was a part of the Patriots in 2017, so he has seen both sides of the "We're on to Cincinnati" game. Flowers likely enjoyed his time in New England, as he logged 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks in his best NFL season to date. He also got to play in the Super Bowl (although the Patriots fell in that game to the Philadelphia Eagles).

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Bengals reportedly open to John Ross trade; would he fit on Patriots?

Bengals reportedly open to John Ross trade; would he fit on Patriots?

The list of NFL wide receivers available for trade just got an interesting addition.

The Cincinnati Bengals are open to trading wide receiver John Ross and will start fielding offers at the NFL Scouting Combine, DraftAnalyst.com's Tony Pauline reported Tuesday.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport also reported the news.

The Bengals selected Ross with the No. 9 overall pick just two years ago in the 2017 NFL Draft after he ran an NFL-record 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the 2017 Combine.

The Washington product has been a massive disappointment since then, appearing in just three games during his rookie season and tallying just 21 receptions for 210 yards in 2018.

It's rare to see a team cut bait with a top-10 pick so soon, but Cincinnati apparently wants to get value for Ross while it can. There may be a market for the 24-year-old, too: With elite wideouts like Antonio Brown and (potentially) Odell Beckham Jr. demanding king's ransoms on the trade market, Ross could be a value add for a receiver-needy club open to a reclamation project.

As is often the case, social media quickly connected the dots to the New England Patriots, who will be thin at receiver if they don't re-sign Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett or Cordarrelle Patterson in free agency.

The Patriots have employed undersized burners in Ross' mold over the past few seasons; Brandin Cooks racked up 1,082 receiving yards during his lone season in New England in 2017, while Dorsett carved out a solid role down the stretch for the 2018 Super Bowl champions.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Ross has fallen well short of his potential to date, so New England shouldn't overpay for the former top-10 pick. But if New England decides to move on from Dorsett, perhaps Bill Belichick will give the Bengals a call.

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Jeremy Hill celebrates Patriots Super Bowl with shot at Bengals

Jeremy Hill celebrates Patriots Super Bowl with shot at Bengals

Jeremy Hill missed the entirety of the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL, but he still gets to reap the benefits of New England's sixth Super Bowl victory.

Hill was a part of Tuesday's parade festivities and will still get a championship ring despite his early-September injury. Despite how difficult it must have been for Hill to watch the Patriots' success from afar, it apparently still beats playing in Cincinnati. The ex-Bengals running back took a shot at his former team on Instagram.

In 2017, Hill took a back seat on the Bengals' depth chart to then-rookie phenom Joe Mixon and elected to get season-ending ankle surgery, effectively ending his tenure in Cincinnati. Judging by Hill's post, it certainly appears there could be some hard feelings for how his time with the Bengals ended.

Either that, or Hill is just making an honest observation after going from a team that's never won a title, to a team that's won six in the last 18 years.

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