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Report: Bengals considered using John Ross at cornerback

In what many will consider questionable, the Bengals reportedly thought about playing first-round rookie John Ross at cornerback before he was placed on injured reserve, according to Pro Football Talk. Ross had only appeared in three games in 2017 despite being a top 10 pick and setting an NFL record 40-yard dash time (4.22). He had no receptions and one rush that went for 12 yards, though it ended...
Bengals Report Card: Grading the loss to the Bears

Bengals Report Card: Grading the loss to the Bears

The 33-7 loss the Cincinnati Bengals suffered against the Chicago Bears on Sunday was one of the worst in the Marvin Lewis era. It also was likely one of the last. The six-day stretch that saw the team set a franchise record with 173 penalty yards while blowing a 17-0 lead against rival Pittsburgh on Monday and then fail to put up any semblance of fight Sunday against a lowly Bears team that had lost...
Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Today the sports world still turns in Southwest Ohio whether we want it to or not.  As far as weekends go, this one could have gone better.  I predicted the Bengals would lose to the Bears, though I did not think Cincinnati would look quite that bad.  Marvin Lewis’ team obviously faced an uphill climb with so many defensive starters hurt, especially since this is a team with no...
Bears run wild over depleted Bengals defense

Bears run wild over depleted Bengals defense

The Chicago Bears took advantage of a Cincinnati defense depleted by injury, but the Bengals won’t use their personnel changes as an excuse. After combining for 287 total yards of offense over their last two games, the Bears rolled to a season-high 482 yards in a 33-7 win over the short-handed Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati was missing starting linebackers Vontaze Burfict...
Archdeacon: ‘Surreal’ feeling for Nugent in return to Cincinnati

Archdeacon: ‘Surreal’ feeling for Nugent in return to Cincinnati

After the game he still wasn’t quite sure of one thing: Were Cincinnati Bengals fans chanting “Nuuuuuge!” like they used to do when he played here for seven seasons? Or were they giving him a chorused “Booooo”? “I don’t know for sure, but I think it was ‘Booooo,’” Mike Nugent said with a smile as he stood at his locker in the visitors&rsquo...
5 things to know about Bengals blowout loss to Bears

5 things to know about Bengals blowout loss to Bears

The Cincinnati Bengals suffered one of the worst losses of the Marvin Lewis era on Sunday when a Chicago Bears team ranked last in the league in total offense rolled up 482 yards in cruising to a 33-7 win at Paul Brown Stadium. The loss dropped the Bengals to 5-8, while the Bears snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 4-9. Here are five things to know about the loss: Chicago running...
Receiver A.J. Green shoulders blame for Bengals’ offensive struggles

Receiver A.J. Green shoulders blame for Bengals’ offensive struggles

It’s not a good day for the Cincinnati Bengals when even A.J. Green is struggling. The Bengals’ star receiver placed the blame on himself for his team’s offensive struggles in a 33-7 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Green had uncharacteristic drops for a second straight game in addition to a fourth-quarter fumble and a pass that bounced off his shoulder...
Bears blast lethargic Bengals

Bears blast lethargic Bengals

So much for playing for pride. With their playoff hopes all but squashed in Monday night’s loss to Pittsburgh, the Cincinnati Bengals turned in one of their most lackluster performances in the Marvin Lewis era Sunday in a 33-7 loss to the Chicago Bears. Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky guided the league’s 32-ranked offense to a 482-yard steamrolling of a Bengals defense that was missing...
All 4 questionable Bengals are active today vs. Bears

All 4 questionable Bengals are active today vs. Bears

All four Cincinnati Bengals players listed as questionable on the injury report are dressing today against the Chicago Bears, leaving offensive linemen Christian Westerman and defensive line Josh Topou as healthy scratches on the inactive list alongside the five injured players ruled out Friday. ›› 5 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Bears The five players ruled out Friday were...
Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to watch

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to watch

While mathematically still alive for the playoffs, the reality of the situation is that today’s game against the Chicago Bears will be more of a test of will and pride than X’s and O’s for the Cincinnati Bengals. And more often than not, the Bengals have passed those types of tests when they’ve been presented with them under head coach Marvin Lewis. In the previous 10 seasons...
George Iloka and Mike Mitchell are right to be concerned about the direction of football

George Iloka and Mike Mitchell are right to be concerned about the direction of football

Since the Steelers beat the Bengals in an extremely physical game Monday night, I’ve been trying to figure out how to say what George Iloka said Thursday.  After Steelers safety Mike Mitchell expressed concerns about turning the NFL into a flag football league, Iloka doubled down even though his suspension for a high hit on Antonio Brown was overturned.  Iloka, who was penalized 15...
Bengals’ Johnson talks about how Kaepernick inspired him

Bengals’ Johnson talks about how Kaepernick inspired him

The Cincinnati Bengals announced this week that Michael Johnson is the team’s nominee for the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Johnson has been involved in community service since his rookie season in 2009. His MJ93-90 Foundation is dedicated to educating children on the importance of capitalizing on their talents and abilities and developing a vision for a better future through...
Bengals to be without 6 starters vs. Bears

Bengals to be without 6 starters vs. Bears

The Cincinnati Bengals will be without six starters Sunday against the Chicago Bears, and another four players are listed as questionable. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict, running back Joe Mixon and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick will sit out after suffering concussions in Monday night’s 23-20 loss to the Steelers, while cornerback Adam Jones (groin), linebacker Nick Vigil (ankle) and safety Shawn Williams...
Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

It’s been some week in Bengaldom, eh?  Everyone seems to be having a hard time turning the page from the Bengals’ 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Monday night.  If you weren’t aware, Cincinnati hosts the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  Although the erstwhile Monsters of the Midway are just 3-9, it’s pretty easy to see them winning this weekend.  While the mental...
Predicting Bengals-Bears and all Week 14 games

Predicting Bengals-Bears and all Week 14 games

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 14 of NFL games. Indianapolis (3-9) at Buffalo Bills (6-6) The only thing worse than December in Buffalo is going there with a bad team. Pick: Bills 28, Colts 10 MORE BENGALS COVERAGE »After first start, rookie looking for more »Bengals first-round pick concealed injury »Iloka defends Steelers’ Mitchell...
This week in Bengals history: Dec. 10

This week in Bengals history: Dec. 10

The Cincinnati Bengals have played five times on Dec. 10 and are 3-2 in those contests. Here is a look at each game: Dec. 10, 2006 – Cincinnati Bengals 27, Oakland Raiders 10 at Paul Brown Stadium Rudi Johnson ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Carson Palmer threw for a pair of scores to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chris Henry as the Bengals won their fourth straight game to stay in the AFC...
Bengals injury list grows with absence of Pro Bowler

Bengals injury list grows with absence of Pro Bowler

An already substantial injury list grew larger for the Cincinnati Bengals as Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins sat out with a toe issue after he was a full participant Wednesday. Atkins was one of nine players who did not practice Thursday, seven of whom are starters — cornerbacks Adam Jones (groin) and Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion), running back Joe Mixon (concussion), linebackers Vontaze...
Iloka backs Steelers’ Mitchell, defends Smith-Schuster hit

Iloka backs Steelers’ Mitchell, defends Smith-Schuster hit

Finally, something the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers can agree on. One day after having his suspension overturned by the NFL and saying “they made the right decision,” Bengals safety George Iloka concurred with comments made by Steelers safety Mike Mitchell on Wednesday. “I personally think, like Mike said, if you start suspended guys for that, the league is going to...
Marvin Lewis: John Ross concealed injury

Marvin Lewis: John Ross concealed injury

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Thursday that rookie first-round pick John Ross had been concealing a shoulder injury and didn’t “come clean” until after the Wednesday press conference in which Lewis said the wide receiver had a chance to play Sunday against the Chicago Bears. “I think you guys must have tweeted it out and he must have got afraid,” Lewis...
After first career start, Bengals rookie LB ready for more

After first career start, Bengals rookie LB ready for more

Jordan Evans has been carrying a chip on his shoulder since he was snubbed of an NFL Combine invite last February. The Cincinnati Bengals rookie linebacker channeled that pent-up emotion into his training and is reaping the rewards with increased playing time as injuries have depleted the defense in recent weeks. Evans, a sixth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma, earned his first career start Monday...
Sports Today: Against all odds, NFL gets something right

Sports Today: Against all odds, NFL gets something right

Well, at least the NFL hasn’t gotten everything wrong this week.  The league was correct to overturn George Iloka’s suspension.  A few minutes before we found out that news, I suggested to another reporter in the Bengals locker room the appeal probably consisted of the team sending multiple versions of the same hit from any other week of the season that might draw a flag but...
Playoffs? Cincinnati Bengals still alive, but not by much

Playoffs? Cincinnati Bengals still alive, but not by much

The Cincinnati Bengals’ playoff hopes took a big hit as they let Monday night’s game against the Steelers slip away , but as disappointing as the loss was, there is no time to dwell. Despite questions still centering around Pittsburgh on Wednesday when the team returned from an off day, the Bengals (5-7) were ready to move on. They are hanging on by a thread...
Bengals happy NFL made “appropriate decision” with Iloka suspension

Bengals happy NFL made “appropriate decision” with Iloka suspension

Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka won the appeal of his one-game suspension and will not have to sit out Sunday’s home game against Chicago. The NFL suspended Iloka for a helmet-to-helmet hit against Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown on a game-tying touchdown with 3:21 remaining in Monday night’s 23-20 Steelers win. Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster also received a...
Bengals injury report is longest of the season

Bengals injury report is longest of the season

The Cincinnati Bengals could have trouble fielding a full roster of 46 Sunday against Chicago after nine players sat out Wednesday’s practice with injuries, six of whom were hurt in Monday’s 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion), running back Joe Mixon (concussion) and cornerback Adam Jones (groin) left the Steelers game and did not return, while...
5 things Bears coach John Fox said about facing the Bengals 

5 things Bears coach John Fox said about facing the Bengals 

Chicago Bears coach John Fox spoke with reporters in Cincinnati on Wednesday.  Here are five things he had to say about his team’s matchup with the Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.  The Bears signed the former Bengals kicker this week after putting Cairo Santos on injured reserve.  The Centerville native and former Ohio State star was a free agent after spending some time...
Bengals coach denies Steelers kicker Boswell’s claim

Bengals coach denies Steelers kicker Boswell’s claim

Cincinnati special teams coordinator vehemently denied Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell’s assertion that the Bengals’ Josh Shaw intentionally tried to run into him on the game-winning field goal attempt at the end of Monday night’s 23-20 Steelers win. “He didn’t run into him on purpose,” Simmons said. “He’s trying to block the kick, and he jumped the...
Bengals place John Ross on season-ending IR

Bengals place John Ross on season-ending IR

Four hours after Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said rookie first-round pick John Ross had a chance to play Sunday against Chicago, the team placed the wide receiver on season-ending Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury. It’s unclear how the shoulder issue occurred as Ross was not on the injury report last week and was inactive as a healthy scratch Monday night against the Steelers...
NFL overturns suspension for Bengals safety Iloka

NFL overturns suspension for Bengals safety Iloka

The NFL has overturned the one-game suspension it gave Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka for his helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver in Monday night’s 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Iloka drew a 15-yard penalty for his hit on Antonio Brown after the receiver caught a game-tying touchdown pass with 3:21 remaining. Iloka has been fined $35,464.50 in lieu of the suspension...
Sports Today: The NFL gets dumber by the day

Sports Today: The NFL gets dumber by the day

Everyone involved in making the rules and handing out punishments in the NFL needs to be fired. These folks obviously don’t know what they don’t know.  Suspending George Iloka and JuJu Smith-Schuster for hits already penalized during Monday night’s Steelers win in Cincinnati is excessive and ridiculous.  It is clearly a public relations move by a league that doesn&rsquo...
Bengals Weekend Forecast: First glance at the Bears

Bengals Weekend Forecast: First glance at the Bears

The Chicago Bears have lost five in a row and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2010. But they still can boast something the Cincinnati Bengals haven’t been able to claim since 1990: a three-game winning streak against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bears manufactured one of the most surprising results of the season in Week 3 when they beat the Steelers 23-17 in overtime. It was their only...
Bengals Report Card: Grading the loss to the Steelers

Bengals Report Card: Grading the loss to the Steelers

Here is a list of what was good, what was bad and what the key plays were from the 23-20 lossthe Cinicinnati Bengals suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday: The Good: Despite losing starting running back Joe Mixon to a concussion in the second quarter, the Bengals averaged a season-high 5.9 yards per carry despite the longest run of the night being only 13 yards, and they finished...
Bengals, Steelers players suspended for actions Monday night

Bengals, Steelers players suspended for actions Monday night

Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati safety George Iloka have been suspended one game for their actions in Monday night’s 23-20 Steelers win. Both players drew 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalties in the final 7 minutes of the game, beginning with the Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver, who was flagged twice on the same play. Smith-Schuster's illegal blindside block on Vontaze...
Sports Today: Yep, Alabama making the College Football Playoff still smells funny

Sports Today: Yep, Alabama making the College Football Playoff still smells funny

I’m ready to move on from the College Football Playoff debate because what’s done is done, but I still found these comments interesting.  The Centerville legend has been knocked for trying too hard not to be an Ohio State homer before, but I think he was genuine here.  He basically concluded Alabama is better because the Buckeyes didn’t have an easier time putting away...
7 takeaways from another Bengals-Steelers debacle

7 takeaways from another Bengals-Steelers debacle

The only question about the Cincinnati Bengals collapse against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football was if the Steelers would check back into the game soon enough to take advantage.   Of course, they did.  Why was this predictable? Well there is of course the fact we’ve seen it happen with these teams before but also Cincinnati has been a bad second half team.  The Bengals...
5 things to know about the Bengals loss to the Steelers

5 things to know about the Bengals loss to the Steelers

If you are a Cincinnati Bengals fan who watched the team fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 Monday night, you were probably thinking you’ve seen this show before. But you would be wrong. Yes, the Steelers have won six in a row against the Bengals. And nine of 10. And 14 of 17. And a remarkable 15 of 17 at Paul Brown Stadium. But none of those losses involved the...
Bengals set franchise record for penalty yards

Bengals set franchise record for penalty yards

The 13 penalties the Cincinnati Bengals committed Monday night in a 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh were their most in a non-overtime game since 2009. And the 173 penalty yards were the most in franchise history and tied for the 14th most in the NFL since the 1970 merger. The previous franchise record was 134 in a 20-17 overtime loss at Baltimore on Nov. 10, 2013. The Bengals collected 70 of the 173...
Bengals-Steelers: Injuries, ‘dirty’ hits pile up in latest edition of heated rivalry

Bengals-Steelers: Injuries, ‘dirty’ hits pile up in latest edition of heated rivalry

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s fourth-quarter takedown of Vontaze Burfict drew mixed reactions among Cincinnati Bengals players after Monday night’s 23-20 loss at Paul Brown Stadium. While some called it a “dirty hit,” others were quick to write it off as an unfortunate football injury typical of a heated rivalry. Smith-Schuster was flagged for unnecessary...
Colossal collapse: Steelers snap Bengals’ 42-game streak

Colossal collapse: Steelers snap Bengals’ 42-game streak

If you are a Cincinnati Bengals fan who watched the team fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 Monday night, you were probably thinking you’ve seen this show before. But you would be wrong. Yes, the Steelers have won six in a row against the Bengals. And nine of 10. And 14 of 17. And a remarkable 15 of 17 at Paul Brown Stadium. But none of those losses involved the type of colossal collapse...
Steelers rally from 17-point deficit to beat Bengals — again

Steelers rally from 17-point deficit to beat Bengals — again

The Cincinnati Bengals playoff hopes ended much the way their last playoff game did, with a blown lead in the rain, under the lights against Pittsburgh. The Steelers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game on a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown to Antonio Brown with 3:51 remaining, and they won it 23-20 on a Chris Boswell 38-yard field goal as time expired. It was the seventh consecutive win for...
Injured Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier ‘continues to improve’ in Cincinnati hospital

Injured Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier ‘continues to improve’ in Cincinnati hospital

The back injury suffered by Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier in the game vs. the Bengals on Monday night “will not require surgery at this time and he continues to improve,” according to a statement from Steelers General Manager and Vice President Kevin Colbert. Shazier had a CT scan and MRI at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The plan is for Shazier to stay in Cincinnati overnight...
Bengals legend Boomer Esiason on Marvin Lewis’ lame-duck status: ‘I’ve never really seen anything like this’

Bengals legend Boomer Esiason on Marvin Lewis’ lame-duck status: ‘I’ve never really seen anything like this’

Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason said his former team needs an infusion of energy, seemingly hinting it might be time for a coaching change. However, when asked specifically if he thought this should be Marvin Lewis’ last year, Esiason backed off his previous statement. Esiason, who led Cincinnati to the Super Bowl in 1988, was one of 20 “Bengals Legends” to be...
Steelers’ WR Brown active; Bengals rookie falls further out of favor

Steelers’ WR Brown active; Bengals rookie falls further out of favor

Tonight’s Cincinnati Bengals inactive list is an indignant indictment. Brian Hill is active; John Ross is not. Yes, you read that right. Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter Ross, the No. 9 overall pick in the draft, will be on the sidline in street clothes watching Hill, an undrafted rookie whom the Bengals signed off the Atlanta practice squad 20 days ago, try to help the Bengals win tonight&rsquo...
Bengals are 5-point underdogs against Steelers

Bengals are 5-point underdogs against Steelers

The Steelers, aiming for their seventh straight win, are favored by five points over the Bengals on Monday night. To keep their slim postseason hopes alive, Cincinnati will need to upset its arch rival at Paul Brown Stadium. The line has shifted down 1.5 points from its 6.5 opening. Pittsburgh won the first meeting 29-14 on Oct. 22. Each team scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, but the...
Bengals fans might have to become begrudging Steelers fans

Bengals fans might have to become begrudging Steelers fans

Cincinnati Bengals players and coaches have tossed around the phrase “control our own destiny” a few times the last couple of weeks, but it’s not true. And it won’t be even if the Bengals beat the Steelers on Monday night. ›› 6 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Steelers But it could be true on Sunday, although it would require Bengals fans to do something...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals last chance to change narratives against Steelers on MNF

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals last chance to change narratives against Steelers on MNF

After a long weekend of championship football, there is one game yet to go: The Cincinnati Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.  We’ll get to that in a minute, but first let’s put a bow on the College Football Playoff stuff.  As so often happens these days, the committee chairman took a reasonable decision and basically ruined it by explaining how...
6 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Steelers

6 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Steelers

In addition to staying in the AFC playoff race, the Cincinnati Bengals have a chance to exorcise a couple of demons that have tormented them for years when they step on the national stage Monday night: Pittsburgh and prime-time. The Steelers have won five in a row against the Bengals, eight of nine and 13 of 16. What’s even more remarkable is that they are 14-2 at Paul Brown Stadium since Marvin...
Steelers coach Tomlin keeps his focus on the field, not ‘silliness’

Steelers coach Tomlin keeps his focus on the field, not ‘silliness’

During a midweek conference call with media in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin kept the focus on the upcoming game against the Bengals rather than addressing the off-the-field chatter that comes with the rivalry. Here are five takeaways from what he said about the Monday Night Football matchup ahead in Cincinnati: 1. ‘Pettiness’ and ‘silliness’ surrounds the...
Steelers could be without key pieces vs Bengals

Steelers could be without key pieces vs Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown missed his second consecutive practice Saturday with a toe injury and is listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown, who leads the NFL in receptions (80) and receiving yards (1,195), has only missed one game since 2012, and that was the 2016 season finale when he was one of several starters who...
Battle of Ohio: 5 things Browns coach Hue Jackson said about the Bengals, his former team

Battle of Ohio: 5 things Browns coach Hue Jackson said about the Bengals, his former team

Cleveland Browns coach and former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson spoke with reporters in Cincinnati on a conference call this week. Here are five takeaways from what he said about his team and the one that used to employ him, as his Browns set to play the Bengals on Sunday in the 89th Battle of Ohio: Jackson speaks with the Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis every week – except when...
This week in Bengals history: Nov. 26

This week in Bengals history: Nov. 26

The Cincinnati Bengals have played six times on Nov. 26, and they are 3-3 in those contests. Here is a look at each game: Nov. 26, 2006 – Cincinnati Bengals 30, Cleveland Browns 0 at Cleveland Browns Stadium Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes to Chris Henry and one to T.J. Houshmandzadeh as the Bengals improved to 6-5. Following the first TD pass to Henry, Shayne Graham kicked his 158th...
Predicting Bengals-Browns and all Week 12 games

Predicting Bengals-Browns and all Week 12 games

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 12 of NFL games. Minnesota Vikings (8-2) at Detroit Lions (6-4) Never pick against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Pick: Lions 27, Vikings 24 Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) at Dallas Cowboys (5-5) Never pick against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Pick: Cowboys 31, Chargers 24 Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter New York Giants (2-8) at Washington...
Cincinnati Bengals: Former first-round pick could be in line for more action with Pacman concussed

Cincinnati Bengals: Former first-round pick could be in line for more action with Pacman concussed

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones missed his second consecutive practice Thursday due to the concussion he suffered Sunday in the 24-20 loss at Tennessee, which means it’s unlikely he will play Sunday at Denver. That could create an opportunity for William Jackson to make his second NFL start if he is able to recover from the toe injury that forced him out of the Titans game in the...
Predicting Bengals-Titans and all Week 10 games

Predicting Bengals-Titans and all Week 10 games

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 10 of NFL games. Green Bay Packers (4-4) at Chicago Bears (3-5) The Packers have won 12 of 14 vs. the Bears, but those were with Aaron Rodgers. Pick: Bears 17, Packers 16 Cleveland Browns (0-8) at Detroit Lions (4-4) This is the week … that looks like all other weeks. Pick: Lions 34, Browns 10 ›› Nov....
Bengals AJ McCarron able to laugh about trade that wasn’t

Bengals AJ McCarron able to laugh about trade that wasn’t

Hearing that his trade to Cleveland had fallen apart when the Browns failed to submit paperwork in time was not the most disappointing thing Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron had to deal with on Halloween. “What I’m more upset about is we got all that candy and nobody showed up to the house,” McCarron joked with reporters who had flocked to his locker Wednesday afternoon...
5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Colts

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Colts

The win means the Cincinnati Bengals are still in the hunt for a playoff berth. The way they went about it might suggest otherwise. The Bengals had their hands full with a reeling Indianapolis Colts team Sunday night afternoon and appeared headed toward a long week of uncomfortable conversations before defensive end Carlos Dunlap rescued them. Dunlap’s 16-yard interception return for a touchdown...
5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Bills

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Bills

Just like that, the 0-3 start is a distant memory after the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills 20-16 Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The win moves the Bengals to 2-3 heading into their bye week, while the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers lost at home to Jacksonville to fall to 3-2. »RELATED: Bengals rally to beat Bills; move one game behind Steelers Here are...
Archdeacon: Bengals players weigh in on recent anthem protests

Archdeacon: Bengals players weigh in on recent anthem protests

Regardless of the way some people try to twist their message, they say they are not anti-American. They’re not against the national anthem, the flag or the military. And they’re certainly not SOBs. Late Sunday afternoon – following their 31-7 blowout of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Stadium – a trio of Cincinnati Bengals players showed themselves to be passionate,...
5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Browns

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Browns

The Cincinnati Bengals took their first step toward rescuing a lost season Sunday at Cleveland in a battle of winless teams. The Bengals shook off a sluggish start and dominated the Browns for the final three quarters of a 31-7 triumph at FirstEnergy Stadium. The win moved Cincinnati to 1-3 with a home game against Buffalo (3-1) looming next Sunday ahead of the bye week. The Browns fell to 0-4...
6 things to know about Bengals loss to Packers

6 things to know about Bengals loss to Packers

The Cincinnati Bengals got the Bill Lazor era off to a fast start Sunday at Green Bay before eventually wilting in the rare September heat and even rarer talent that is Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback rallied his team from a 14-point deficit with a pair of second-half touchdown passes, including a 3-yarder to Jordy Nelson with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime. The Bengals...
Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

The Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens could not have gone worse.  That isn’t hyperbole. There are virtually no positives to take away from it aside from no one being seriously injured.  The way Marvin Lewis’ team looked Sunday, that won’t matter in the long run because they can’t win with this collection of players if they can&rsquo...
5 things to know about Bengals loss to the Ravens

5 things to know about Bengals loss to the Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis stopped just short of calling Sunday’s 20-0 loss to Baltimore in the season opener the most disappointing of his career. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been…,” he said before stopping himself. “It was a disappointing football game.” Here are five things to know about what went wrong...
6 things to watch in Bengals’ season opener vs. Ravens

6 things to watch in Bengals’ season opener vs. Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals will open the 2017 season at home Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, a team they have beaten six of the last seven times overall and five of the six at Paul Brown Stadium. A Bengals team already bursting with youth will be even younger in the opener due to the suspensions of cornerback Adm Jones and Vontaze Burfict. The team could have as many as 13 players making their NFL...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
Undrafted rookies Carter, Nickerson excited for Bengals opportunity

Undrafted rookies Carter, Nickerson excited for Bengals opportunity

On Saturday Cethan Carter got the call. On Sunday, the car. Carter, a tight end from Nebraska, knew making the Cincinnati Bengals roster as an undrafted rookie was a longshot, so there was no reason to bring his car to town. But after he got a call from head coach Marvin Lewis on Saturday morning, his parents made the drive from New Orleans to bring him his car. “It means a lot, it means everything...
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Writers are told not to use exclamation points often, if at all, but today I’m making an exception because there is nothing like high school football in Ohio.  The season is only one day old, and we already have some surprising results.  Fairmont ended 13 years of misery by upsetting rival Alter 13-12 last night in the Battle of Kettering.  While that is undoubtedly a big...
Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

The Cincinnati Reds are really working hard to erase all the positives they established in the first half of the season.  OK, that’s probably overstating it a bit. Maybe.  As things stand, they still have proven they have solid-or-better players at all eight every-day positions with Jesse Winker still a wild card and Nick Senzel on the way.  The overburdened bullpen has had some...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

The training camp performances of a pair of rookie pass rushers indicate the Cincinnati Bengals knew what they were doing when they waited until the third and fourth rounds to address that area of need in the draft.  Jordan Willis is in the spotlight today after Carl Lawson hogged it for much of the early part of camp (not to mention offseason workouts).  At 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, Lawson...
Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their final full practice of training camp Wednesday, and the first one void of any fans. After a walk-through Thursday, the Bengals will take Friday off and then face Kansas City on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium. After that, the schedule shifts into regular-season mode, where media are kicked out of practice after 30 minutes. That makes this final observation article...
Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Unless it costs them a slot in the draft next summer, the Reds' 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night doesn't mean anything.  But it sure was fun.  Tight. Tense. Tremendous.  Unless you hate pitcher's duels, this one had everything.  An exciting young starter (Luis Castillo) making a strong appearance at an iconic ballpark against the defending World Series champions...
Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

After a weekend spent mostly off the grid, I’m in catch-up mode this morning.  I missed the Bengals’ first preseason game, but my biggest takeaways from Jay Morrison’s takeaways were that new defensive ends Chris Smith and Jordan Willis has nice games and the offensive line wasn’t bad.  The ability of those guys — not to mention running back Joe Mixon...
Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Cincinnati Bengals fans, the long wait for preseason game No. 1 ends tonight with Marvin Lewis’ team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Jay Morrison already laid out his six things to watch tonight and hit all the most important aspects of the game I can see, such as they are when the outcome doesn’t matter.  I am with Jay in wanting to see how Trey Hopkins performs on the offensive...
6 things to watch in Bengals preseason opener

6 things to watch in Bengals preseason opener

After unfurling banners, standing sculptures and counting down legends to honor their 50th season, the Cincinnati Bengals will finally get to hit the field, and an opponent, at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in both teams’ preseason opener. Other than a couple of goal-line plays, the Bengals haven’t done any live tackling through the first 11 days of camp, which...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

If you’re really into the whole, “Hunter Greene is the next face of baseball,” thing, well, last night was a good night for you.  The Reds’ first-round draft pick made his professional debut last night in Billings, Mont., and he stroked a two-run triple for his first hit as a Mustang.  Greene is a prospect as a pitcher and a shortstop, but he got his feet wet...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Should we put the Twitter machine to bed when we’re in the middle of an interview?  Yeah, probably. Not that we will. Or can?  These are thoughts I had when I saw Texas coach Tom Herman (a Cincinnati-born former Ohio State assistant) is banning social media posts from reporters while they talk to his guys.  I may be in the minority, but I don't hate this at all.  I wasn't...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

The star of day four of Cincinnati Bengals training camp was Joe Mixon if social media is any indication.  He put on a show at practice, reminding everyone he has a unique blend of size, speed and open-field elusiveness.  Mixon moves very fluidly, especially for a 228-pounder.  If he can give the Bengals a breakaway runner to go with the vertical receiving threats of A.J. Green and...
Observations from Day 4 of Bengals training camp

Observations from Day 4 of Bengals training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their first full-padded practice of training camp on Monday but did not do any live tackling periods. Here are some observations from the fourth practice, which drew a crowd of 1,350. Sooner speed Second-round pick Joe Mixon has flashed his speed since the start of camp, but he was at his most explosive Monday when he right tackle Jake Fisher and right guard Trey Hopkins...
Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals got going over the weekend down on the riverfront and…. so far, so good.  On offense, the big story was thought to be Tyler Eifert and John Ross getting clean bills of health.  Then everyone saw Giovani Bernard looking like, well, Giovani Bernard despite having ACL surgery less than eight months ago.  This is a huge development for a team with...
Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Maybe the first day of practice isn’t the time to make sweeping statements about a football team, but here’s one anyway: Ohio State’s offense won’t be held back by coaching this year.  New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said everything Buckeye fans should want to hear about fixing the scoring unit after day one of preseason practice.  While quickening the...
Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Welcome to what counts around here (and this is my column) as the official start of football season: The first day of Big Ten football media days.  The Bengals formally start the season tomorrow with a media luncheon (more on them later), and we’ve got our series of the best high school football players from many area schools going strong.  Later this week, I’m heading to Canton...
Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Good news: The slowest sports week I can remember* this year is almost over.  Ohio State announced yesterday training camp will begin for the Buckeyes next Thursday. Heroic OSU SID Jerry Emig also gave us a way to kill some time yesterday by publishing the 2017 media guide. I’m not afraid to admit I used to love going through those when they were still printed (but I’d rather pretend...
Young guard Redmond benefiting from Smith’s absence

Young guard Redmond benefiting from Smith’s absence

With Andre Smith missing Tuesday’s practice due to illness, three young players saw increased reps at right guard, with Alex Redmond being the biggest beneficiary. Redmond, who spent all of 2016 on the practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA, got the bulk of the work ahead of Trey Hopkins, another 2016 undrafted college free agent and Christian Westerman, last year&rsquo...
Bengals draft class stamped with speed

Bengals draft class stamped with speed

After selecting the fastest player in the NFL Draft on Thursday and the fastest defensive lineman Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals kept their sights set on speed with their final eight picks Saturday. “That’s part of it with today’s NFL; we measure speed every day on the field,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “We have to make sure we feel good about it.” After drafting...
Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Less than 24 hours after hearing his named showered in boos after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him with the 48th overall pick of the NFL Draft on Friday, controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon received a warm welcome Saturday afternoon when he arrived at the team’s draft party at Paul Brown Stadium. “It means a lot,” Mixon said. “Just to come here, walk in and...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, but they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win Sunday.  Bronson Arroyo had his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking none, and Patrick Kivlehan drove in three runs for the victors.  The Reds also got two hits, including a home run, from struggling right fielder Scott Schebler while Eugenio...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...
Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

The Cincinnati Bengals began OTAs Monday and there was no shortage of news.  The biggest headline of course came from Adam “Pacman” Jones losing his temper when he was asked about his offseason arrest, but there was actual football news as well.  Jeremy Hill told reporters the past two disappointing years are not him, and he stood by his statement to the NFL Network...
Smith eager for fresh start with Bengals

Smith eager for fresh start with Bengals

Despite being assigned the same number and same locker he had when he played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2009-15, Andre Smith called his return to the franchise a ‘fresh start.’ That’s because the Smith, who played all 86 of his games in an eight-year career at tackle, is making the move to guard. “It’s actually something I’m looking forward to,” Smith...
Hartman: Nobody seems surprised Bengals’ Pacman Jones is already back in the news

Hartman: Nobody seems surprised Bengals’ Pacman Jones is already back in the news

Cincinnati Bengals fans who had “Day one” in their “When will Adam Jones make his first wrong move this season?” office pool are winners.  The veteran Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, who is said to be taking anger management courses this offseason after again running afoul of the law in January, berated a reporter for asking about Jones’ latest transgression...
Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

The Cincinnati Reds lost three out of four games in a series against the Brewers that concluded yesterday, and manager Bryan Price got exactly zero quality starts along the way.  Sal Romano was the perpetrator yesterday, giving up three runs and walking four in a three-inning major-league debut.  Brandon Finnegan pitched only one inning before leaving with an injury Saturday while Bronson...
Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Are you ready for some football?  The calendar says April, but we are loaded up with gridiron topics today.  The Ohio State spring game is tomorrow, and that will give us one big opportunity to see what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of March.  That is not a figure of speech.  Since the start of spring practice, we’ve had a lot of great interviews with...
Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Bryan Price’s bullpen made him look smart again Monday night as the Reds clobbered the Pirates 7-1 in Pittsburgh.  Cincinnati gave Brandon Finnegan a 5-0 lead, but he pitched himself into trouble in three straight innings.  With the bases loaded and a run already walked in, Price had seen enough – but he didn’t go to his long man and hope for the best.  Though it was...
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