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Bengals haven't figured out who they are on offense, running out of time with Patriots in town

  • Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green watches from the sidelines late in the fourth quarter of a 17-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green watches from the sidelines late in the fourth quarter of a 17-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton passes in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton passes in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis talks on his headset in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis talks on his headset in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

Bengals coordinator Jay Gruden says his offense still hasn't developed an identity.

Cincinnati can do a lot more this season with rookie tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard as options, but it hasn't blended together smoothly. Cincinnati failed to score a touchdown during a 17-6 loss in Cleveland on Sunday.

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth agrees that the offense needs to develop an identity, and fast. The Bengals (2-2) host New England (4-0) on Sunday, and Whitworth points out that a team unsure of itself can get taken apart by the Patriots.

The Bengals were led by running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and All-Pro receiver A.J. Green last season. The offense hasn't done anything consistently well so far while blending in the newcomers.

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