The Bengals’ first loss of the season left Cincinnati fans upset and looking for answers to questions that can’t be answered.Some people think John Ross is an “experiment” that needs to end. Those people are overreacting , though Ross played very poorly in the Bengals’ loss to the Panthers and Andy Dalton was intercepted twice when targeting the second-year receiver.Other fans were angry about the run defense, which was non-existent against the Panthers as Christian McCaffrey rushed for 184 yards and Cam Newton added 36 including two rushing touchdowns.A.J. Green’s injury also has fans worried, as it should. Marvin Lewis said he’s “not sure” if Green will play next week in Atlanta, though Green sounded more confident that he will play. Green suffered what the Bengals are calling a groin injury on Sunday. Dre Kirkpatrick is also receiving a lot of grief from fans. The Panthers identified him as the Bengals’ weakest link in the secondary and targeted him all game long. The results worked in Carolina’s favor, heavily. It’s a little scary to think what the Falcons will do against Green next week.I’ve been one of Kirkpatrick’s longest-standing supporters, but as of now, I cannot defend him.With Preston Brown still injured and Vontaze Burfict suspended, the Bengals’ linebackers played a weak game.Meanwhile, the Bengals’ pass rush has been suspect and Carlos Dunlap was the only player to record a sack for Cincinnati. Even that play was a letdown as he had a strip sack that Carolina somehow recovered.Sam Hubbard explained after the game why he was unable to recover the ball.Even with how badly Cincinnati played , they were still in the matchup through nearly the end. It was just mistake after mistake that destroyed them.They beat themselves.Some of the questions that can’t be answered definitely go to Teryl Austin, whose play calling and defense have been questionable, at best. Even when the Bengals were winning in Weeks 1-2 that was true. The Bengals’ defense seems overly soft and opposing offenses have way too much room to work with.The Bengals lost by 10 with a final score of 31-21, but didn’t it seem worse?In summary...The Bengals have a lot to work on this week as the 2-1 team prepares for the 1-2 Falcons.And that will be the final game without Burfict, so there’s that!The Debrief: Everyone is Coming Back Edition 1) Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is back, baby! The seventh-year linebacker returned on Monday after serving a four-game suspension and on Wednesday, Burfict (the soul of Cincinnati’s defense), returned to practice; He’s reportedly in great shape — though Preston Brown offers a little extra, saying that he’s “a little chubby on the side Womens William Jackson Jersey , but that’s how Tez is.” Burfict, who struggled to stay healthy during training camp and the preseason, served a four-game suspension this year for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Quote of the day. Marvin Lewis on Burfict’s fitness: “When he came up from behind and picked me up off the floor on Monday, I knew it could only be one person. I guess it’s time to wrestle with the bear again (chuckles).”The roster exemption question: As a roster exemption, Burfict won’t count against the 53-man roster until the team vacates a spot on their active roster. We’re assuming this will happen when Cincinnati places Tyler Eifert on Injured Reserve by the end of the week.His return can’t come soon enough: In Cincinnati’s first four games (without Burfict), their total defense ranks 29th (419.2 yards/game), their passing defense ranks 28th (303.5 yards/game), and their rush defense ranks 21st (115.8 yards/game).2) Running back Joe Mixon keeps getting closer. During Wednesday’s 45-minute locker room session between the players and Cincinnati’s media, Mixon said he’s not yet medically cleared and is aiming to return by Week 6 against Pittsburgh Authentic Tyler Eifert Jersey , if not this week. Then Mixon showed up to practice in full pads and was a limited participant on Wednesday. Injury-based news is difficult to decipher, because we don’t know who is telling the truth and the media isn’t as connected as they used to be. Basically everyone learns the truth at the same time.Since entering the league in 2013, Giovani Bernard is one of two players (Le’Veon Bell) with 3,000-plus yards rushing (3,055) and 2,000-plus yards receiving (2,138). Bernard rushed for 130 yards (4.8 yards/carry) and caught nine passes for 52 yards — that translates to 182 yards from scrimmage on 36 touches in the two games (combined) since Mixon has been out. He’s also scored three rushing touchdowns in the past two games.However, Bernard is dealing with his own knee injury. According to the team’s injury report, Bernard didn’t practice on Wednesday; it’s believed he hurt his knee late in the game against Atlanta. If Bernard is out on Sunday against Miami and Mixon isn’t ready Authentic Billy Price Jersey , Cincinnati would rely on rookie Mark Walton and veteran Thomas Rawls. 3) Center Billy Price remains in a boot for two more weeks. You hope his recovery would be more expeditious, but Cincinnati is being extremely cautious with Price after his most recent evaluation on Tuesday. He’s quick to deny any setbacks — there’s no pain nor swelling. Once the boot is discarded in two weeks, the team will re-evaluate... again.In the meantime Trey Hopkins has started the last two games at center, and his PFF grades (if you buy into such things), is relatively impressive as a pass blocker (two pressures allowed) but could use some work (actually, a LOT) as a run blocker.Bengals Injury/Practice Report Week 5POSBENGALSINJURYWEDTHURFRISTATUSPOSBENGALSINJURYWEDTHURFRISTATUSTo have with your chamomile tea (for your reading pleasure):Rebecca shares her journey down the east coast to see the Orangemen and the men that wear orange.John Sheeran’s Week 4 rookie report and weekly lineman series. Matt Minich breaks down Cincinnati’s game-winning drive against the Falcons.The Athletic’s Jay Morrison re-watches Cincinnati’s win. Anthony Cosenza reflects on the team’s win over the Falcons with some awards.The Mothership talks about how the team will “cope” with Tyler Eifert’s injury. The good news is that they’re prepared and experienced for it.Tweet Stormin’ Knowledge: