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Darius Phillips nearly carried the Bengals to victory in Buffalo

Before the start of the regular season, Darius Phillips switched jersey numbers with B.W. Webb, making Phillips officially the first No. 24 for the Bengals since Adam Jones. Coincidentally, Phillips is the most talented return man Cincinnati has had since Jones. He proved that talent was for real yesterday.

Because when the Bengals couldn’t muster any offense to begin yesterday’s game against the Bills, their 8-0 deficit late in the first quarter seemed like it was more than just one score. They needed a spark to come from somewhere else.