FLAG WATCH: Last season the Bengals were the NFL’s least penalized team. With 11 this season they are middle of the pack and four ahead of last season. Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo has noticed the three offsides calls against his guys, one each from each position group in linebacker Germaine Pratt and slot cornerback Mike Hilton in Dallas and left end Sam Hubbard in the opener.
“We were the least penalized team, but we are finding some penalties this year,” Anarumo said. “Putting them back in third-and-5 where you don’t get a chance to rush on third-and-5 because the ball is getting out. Third and 8, third and 10, third and 12, you get a chance to get a sack.”
ASIASI POISED: With tight end Drew Sample headed to injured reserve, it looks like Devin Asiasi is going to become the first of the Bengals’ three cutdown waiver claims to be active on game day at MetLife.
Asiasi, a third-year player who was a third-round draft pick of the 2020 Patriots out of UCLA, has played just a dozen snaps since that rookie season because of injury. His last game as a rookie came against the Jets in a 28-14 win at New England he played 35 snaps and he says he doesn’t see much difference in the Jets scheme even though head coach Robert Saleh got the job a few weeks after that game.
“It helps to be familiar…