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Slants: Rex looks like a No. 1 to Whit; My 3 sons for Peko; First snap a pick; Draft 9; Alex title


Rex Burkhead had two TDs Sunday, doubling his NFL totals.

_Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth doesn't know if he or running back Rex Burkhead is coming back to the Bengals next season in free agency.

 But he does know this after watching Burkhead rack up 119 yards in his first  NFL start during Sunday's 27-10 victory over Baltimore in the regular-season finale at Paul Brown Stadium.

"There's going to be a lot of teams out there looking for a legit No. 2 or a really solid No. 1," Whitworth said. "He proved today, man, he can run the football. I'd take him as a No. 1 any day of the week."

Whitworth knows hard running. Burkhead is the Bengals'  first 100-yard rusher against the Ravens since Cedric Benson went for 120 yards on 27 carries in Baltimore in 2009 ….

_How about on rookie cornerback KeiVarae Russell's  first NFL defensive snap he comes up with an interception of Ravens backup quarterback Ryan Mallett with 1:53 left? Russell, a third-round pick of the Chiefs claimed on waivers at the start of the season, had been put in the project category for this year.

"I always prepare like I'm playing," said Russell, a Notre Dame product. "They're down 17 points, I figured it was going to be a deeper route."

Suddenly, Russell had the ball at his locker trying to figure out who was going to get it. It looked like "my grandpa," back in Seattle …

_Put nose tackle Domata Peko in the not sure category of a Cincy return, too.  But he said after his 171st game that the Bengals have expressed interest in him returning for a 12th season and this his agent and the club "are working on something."

Still, just to make sure, if it was his last game, Peko made sure his three sons, ages 12, eight, and  three, were on the field for pregame.

"It's the first time they've ever been on the field out there," Peko said. "I wanted them to come out there just in case it was my last game here so they could be a part of it. I just wanted to give them a hug on  the field with my pads on." ...

_After Arizona won Sunday, the Bengals secured the ninth pick in the April draft, their first top ten pick since they took A.J. Green No. 4 in 2011 ...

_Rookie wide receiver Alex Erickson won the AFC kick return title even though he had just one return Sunday for 14 yards. But he became the third Bengal to win it at 27.9 yards per when Jacksonville's Marqise Lee had a better average, but he didn't have a return Sunday and didn't have enough attempts to qualify.

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