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Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick got to see receiver Julio Jones' rare abilities during practice at Alabama.They've never gone head-to-head in the NFL , which is about to change on Sunday in Atlanta when they're paired again in a nostalgic rematch.The Falcons made Jones the sixth overall pick in 2011, when he left Alabama after his junior season. Kirkpatrick was a year behind him at Alabama, giving him a chance to cover him in practice. The Bengals took Kirkpatrick with the 17th overall pick in 2012.The Falcons (1-2) and Bengals (2-1) have played once while they were both in the NFL. The Bengals won 24-10 at Paul Brown Stadium during the 2014 season, when Kirkpatrick was on special teams only. Jones caught seven passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.Kirkpatrick won't be assigned to Jones on Sunday, but he'll likely wind up covering him on some plays, allowing them to renew their one-on-one history."I just know that competitive nature me and him had when I was down there," Kirkpatrick said. "It's like me and A.J. (Green). Sometimes me and A.J. are about to kill each other in practice."The Bengals have given up a lot of yards in their first three games, facing offenses that aren't as highly ranked as Atlanta's. Andrew Luck and Joe Flacco threw for more than 300 yards each in the Bengals' opening wins 鈥?late turnovers made the difference.Christian McCaffrey ran for 184 yards and Cam Newton ran for a pair of touchdowns in Carolina's 31-21 victory on Sunday that left Cincinnati ranked 26th in the league in defense. The Bengals are last in third downs, allowing opponents to convert 52 percent.The defense is still adapting to a new coordinator, two new position coaches, and the influx of young players over the past two seasons. The Bengals have their youngest team in coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons."We've got a lot of new, but you've got to get it right," Lewis said Wednesday. "We do a lot of things really good. We're fifth or sixth in the league on first down. We've got to put it all together."The cornerbacks are a strength of the unit, featuring three first-round picks 鈥?Kirkpatrick, Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson. They'll get their biggest test yet on Sunday, with three former Alabama players figuring prominently.Falcons rookie receiver Calvin Ridley was the 26th overall pick out of Alabama. Ridley had seven catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns in Atlanta's 43-37 overtime loss to New Orleans on Sunday."Bragging rights and everything," Kirkpatrick said. "I'm looking forward to it. A great challenge. Julio is still my guy win , lose or draw. This week I feel like it's going to be a little extra something."NEW D-LINEMANThe Bengals put second-year defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow on injured reserve with a torn ACL suffered in Sunday's game. They signed defensive tackle Adolphus Washington off the Cowboys' practice squad. The Cincinnati native and former Ohio State player was drafted by the Bills in the third round in 2016 and played 31 games for Buffalo. He was waived on Sept. 11 and signed by the Cowboys. It's unclear whether he'll learn the defense enough to be able to blend into the Bengals' line rotation on Sunday."It's a matter of how much he can absorb, given he landed at 7:30 last night," Lewis said.GREEN HAS LIMITED PRACTICEReceiver A.J. Green had a limited practice Wednesday. He sat out the second half at Carolina with a groin/hip injury. Also limited were running back Giovani Bernard (thigh), Kirkpatrick (groin), Dennard (calf), linebacker Preston Brown (ankle), left tackle Cordy Glenn (knee) and defensive end Michael Johnson (knee).MIXON AND PRICE IMPROVINGRunning back Joe Mixon and rookie center Billy Price will miss their second game with injuries, but Lewis said Wednesday they're making progress and could be back within a few weeks. Mixon had knee surgery to remove torn cartilage, and Price has a sprained foot.Cowboys vs. Lions: Five bold predictions It’s been a long week in terms of the Dallas Cowboys. Losing doesn’t sit well with people. Losing is uncomfortable. Nobody wants to do it. The reality of sports is that unless there’s a tie (which has happened to a surprising degree so far this season across the league), there’s a winner and a loser. We’re all hoping that the Dallas Cowboys will be winners on Sunday afternoon, and we’re hoping to have some fun in the process of that. Let’s kick things off with BTB’s five bold predictions.Dak Prescott will have thrown deep five times before halftimeLast week in Seattle was quite embarrassing for the Dallas Cowboys offense, and particularly for quarterback Dak Prescott. The third-year man behind center didn’t throw a pass beyond 15 yards in the loss, and that’s unacceptable by any standard.When something like this happens we tend to see a team (especially the Cowboys) massively over-correct. Dallas will have seen what went wrong and try to fight fire with a bigger fire. Expect some deep balls early and often so that they can’t say that they didn’t do it.The Cowboys will benefit from the NFL’s roughing the passer rule fiascoTyrone Crawford was on the wrong end of a dumb rule last Sunday. You’ll remember:If overcorrection is going to happen it has to happen everywhere, right?Jaylon Smith will have the best game of his careerWe’re only three games in, but it’s hard to not feel great about Jaylon Smith right now.Jaylon doesn’t look totally like the player we saw at Notre Dame, but he is certainly getting close. He’s played arguably his best three games as a member of the Cowboys, and on Sunday with Sean Lee out more is going to be asked of him.There are a lot of ways to qualify “best game of his career” if we’re being honest. I’ll allow you to pick whatever you like. Maybe you think Jaylon will have more tackles than ever Color Rush Connor Williams Jersey , more sacks than ever, have a touchdown, all I know is the guy that said this is going off.This will be fun.Rod Smith will take a carry at least 20 yardsWhile I’m all for feeding Ezekiel Elliott as much as possible, fellow Cowboys running back Rod Smith has only been fed once on the ground this season. He picked up five yards on that carry.There’s something weird about noon games in September at AT&T Stadium. I don’t want to say they don’t feel right, but they have a weird feeling. Am I alone in this? Who knows. Last season the Cowboys were at home for Week 4 for a noon game against the Los Angeles Rams. Tavon Austin was there, but so was Alfred Morris. While Zeke got fed to a satisfactory degree Alfred Morris took his first carry for 70 yards. It feels like Rod Smith is hovering around that zone. Let’s go.Brett Maher will connect from 57 yards outWe’ve seen new Cowboys kicker Brett Maher successfully boot four field goals through the uprights this season. They’ve come from 37, 29, 50, and 35 yards out.The Cowboys offense isn’t going to magically go from super dull to super lively over the course of one week, but it is definitely possible for it to show legitimate improvement. That being said, against a team like the Detroit Lions with a defensive mind like Matt Patricia, they might not get off to the hottest of starts in the first half.This game feels weird. You can almost smell the Cowboys getting the ball with just over a minute left in the half, putting together a drive that’s nice but not good enough, and having to resort to a long field goal. That’s when Brett Maher’s big leg will connect for a 57-yard field goal. Let the party begin. Custom Buffalo Bills Jerseys 

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