Updated: 9-28-12, 2:30 a.m.
According to Elias Sports Bureau the Bengals are second in the NFL in yards after catch with 468 yards, only a first down away from Detroit's 478.
Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is second in the individual stats with 172, trailing only Percy Harvin of the Vikings with 217. Hawkins has 208 yards overall on 12 catches for a 17.3-yard average, seventh in the league. Harvin leads the NFL with 27 catches and has a 10.3-yard average.
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And he's not hopeful of an appeal.
"Adam Jones has never won an appeal with the NFL," said Jones, who revealed he was fined $75,000 before this season for an incident during the 2011 lockout in a Cincinnati bar that got settled.
Jones said now that the referee lockout has ended, the DBs can't be as hands-on in coverage because the replacement refs let a lot go. But he said he never thought about the replacements during the games.
"I just tried to do my job," he said. "The refs are going to make the call they're going to make, so why worry about it?
"But (the settlement) is good for the league."
Jones's biggest beef was with the fine.
"I'm not happy about it," he said. "If you look at the film, like you should look at it, it's clear that I had the jersey. I could see if it's a late hit. No way a guy gets $10,000 for a late hit and I get $15,000. It's ridiculous. If I hit somebody late, it should be more than a horse-collar for a frst offense."
Jones is going to do the appeal via New York. He's not optimistic, but he won't change his style, either.
"I'm going to be physical," he said. "I'm not going to stop playing hard becaue I get fined every week. My goal is to play hard, play smart, play fast. If I get fined within those lines, it is what it is."
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"My biggest concern was the control of the games. The Baltimore and New England game, you could see pushing and shoving after every snap," Whitworth said. "You're thinking this is getting out of hand, there's going to be a huge fight, guys are going to get hurt defending themselves and that's not how the game should be played. It was more the extra stuff happening late in plays.
"Stuff that no way should be allowed. Like what happened to Greg Jennings the other night getting hit by Browner way late at the end of the play and then jumping on top of him in the end zone and burying him into the ground. Get thrown out of the game. At least a 15-yard penalty. Some of the things have been absurd."
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