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CINCINNATI -- Asked how surprising it was to see his team get run over so completely, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis answered with a question.You want the press conference answer or the honest answer? Lewis said. Told that honesty was preferred, Lewis responded, Cant give that one.His hesitance said it all. A 28-14 loss in Dallas that was essentially over early in the third quarter left the Bengals (2-3) in a very uncomfortable spot. They played their worst game in years, and now are off to their worst start since 2010, when they won four games.Up next is a trip to New England (4-1) for Tom Bradys home opener. The Bengals havent won in New England since 1986, losing six straight there, so it seems foreboding.If I watched the way we played yesterday, Id say the same thing, defensive end Carlos Dunlap said.The Bengals spent Monday re-watching the game at Dallas, with no more insight as to why so much went so wrong. The Cowboys (4-1) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and led 28-0 early in the third quarter before easing up.There was not a lot to be happy about, Lewis said.The biggest issues were on defense. The Bengals knew that Dallas would run right at them, trying to keep rookie quarterback Dak Prescott out of stressful situations. The Cowboys did whatever they wanted to do, with Ezekiel Elliott running for 134 yards on only 15 carries -- his 60-yard touchdown run put the game away early in the third quarter.Prescott threw for a touchdown and ran for another. The Cowboys piled up 180 yards on the ground, the most allowed by a Bengals defense since Seattle ran for 200 in the fifth game last season.Last season, the Bengals allowed only seven opponents to rush for 100 yards in 17 games; theyve already done it three times in five games.Cincinnati figured the defense would be back in form with linebacker Vontaze Burfict back from his three-game NFL suspension, but everything was out of sorts in Dallas.You cant have games like that, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said, taking a break from watching video of the Patriots 33-13 win in Cleveland on Sunday.Its just uncharacteristic, and quite honestly I was surprised how the game came out. I give Dallas credit. They beat us up front.The Bengals are at a crossroads. The defending AFC North champions already trail Pittsburgh (4-1) by two games and Baltimore (3-2) by one. The previous time they started 2-4, the Bengals ended up at 4-12.Im motivated from yesterday, Dunlap said. We have a challenge now to get back to playing our way.Game notes Running back Jeremy Hill aggravated a sore left shoulder on Sunday and was limited to four carries for 12 yards. Hill said on Monday that the injury isnt serious and he expects to be available to play in New England. ... Burfict was on the field for 44 of the defenses 57 plays. Guenther said its part of the progression of getting the linebacker back to full form after missing the first three games. In his first game back against the Dolphins, Burfict was on the field for 34 of the 45 plays.---Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Youth James Washington Jersey . The news was first reported on Gonzalezs Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies. Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona. Steelers Jerseys China . 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OXNARD, Calif. -- Chris Maragos cant imagine an NFL without kickoffs.The Philadelphia special teams ace admits to sounding like a lobbyist when he said he never feels safer during a play that the league keeps altering in an effort to reduce high-speed collisions, backed by statistics that show most injuries occur on kickoffs.With competition committee member Stephen Jones of the Dallas Cowboys suggesting that safety is more important than players making a living covering kickoffs and punts, Maragos is quick on the counterpoint.Yeah, things are moving fast and youre running down the field. But I never feel like my safetys compromised, at all, said Maragos, who is going into his seventh year as mostly a special teams player. From what people look on the outside in, it looks like a chaotic play. But the guys who are really mastering it know what theyre doing. Its pretty under control.Five years after moving the kickoff to the 35-yard line from the 30 to reduce the number of returns, the NFL is trying something else to encourage more touchbacks by putting the ball on the 25 instead of the 20 on a one-year trial.There is still plenty of dialogue, too.Senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino held a conference call with special teams coaches during the offseason.Among other ideas being discussed are eliminating the running start for the coverage team and pulling players on the receiving team closer to the kickoff line so that theyre moving more in the same direction as the kicking team, making it more like blocking for a punt return.Blandino said he doesnt think the kickoff will be eliminated.Its a big part of the game, he said. Its an exciting play.But the league increasingly sees it as a dangerous play, particularly with so much attention on concussions. And thats where Jones isnt swayed by the idea that it might mean fewer opportunities for players who arent good enough to be stars on offense or defense.At the end of the day the players health and safety is the No. 1 priority in this league, said Jones, the executive vice president of personnel for the Cowboys. If that comes at the expense of something else thats not as high a priority, then we certainly have to accept that.One of the most noteworthy plays of 2015 was actually a punt return, when Dallas safety Jeff Heath blocked Ricardo Lockette when the Seattle coverage man was in full stride and didnt see him. It was a legal play, but the resulting neck injury ended Lockettes career.ddddddddddddWhile Heath has twice as many tackles on defense as Maragos in half the number of years, he still fits the special teams profile: part-time defensive player, full-time chaser of opposing kick returners. And he believes there will always be a need for that.Youre covering a lot of ground and youve got to be fast, said Heath, who is going into his fourth season. Theres a lot of skill that comes into it as well. Those type of guys tend to do well wherever they play. Defense, offense or special teams.Maragos would argue that kickoffs and punts are gateways to stardom, too. Among his peers, he points to Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker, his teammate in San Francisco when Maragos was a rookie. He says special teams helped keep Walker on the roster, and now Walker is coming off a Pro Bowl season in Tennessee.Minnesota receiver Adam Thielen was undrafted out of Division II Minnesota State Mankato and spent a year on the practice squad before becoming a key special teams contributor for the Vikings. He blocked a punt for a touchdown in 2014 and last season ran a fake punt 41 yards in the NFC North-clinching season finale at Green Bay.Thielen said the key to safety in kick coverage comes on the practice field.Every day, its technique, technique, technique, he said. I really dont think its more dangerous than an offensive play. You could get hit on a crossing route over the middle a lot harder than on a kickoff.Maragos grew up in Wisconsin rooting for the Green Bay Packers, who beat New England 35-21 in the 1997 Super Bowl. The thing Maragos remembers most is the anticipation of the opening kickoff. And by the way, Desmond Howard had a 99-yard kickoff return and was the games MVP.You talk about speed down the field, athleticism to avoid blocks. You talk about a heart, a grit, a determination, an inner desire, Maragos said. To me, it embodies everything that an NFL football player should be. 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