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Bengals-Steelers not just another game, no matter what they say

It’s Pittsburgh week in Cincinnati, and you know what that means: Same old, same old. That’s the message many of the Bengals players and coaches are trying to convey this week, even though it flies in the face of reality as they prepare to face a Steelers team that sits 1.5 games in front of them in the AFC North and has dominated the series with seven wins in the last eight games, including...
Bengals’ defense tops NFL in fewest explosive plays allowed

Bengals’ defense tops NFL in fewest explosive plays allowed

The Bengals have allowed the fewest big plays in the NFL. Cincinnati has given up the fewest runs of 11-plus yards and passes of 15-plus yards, according to ESPN data. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">These Defenses allow the fewest and most Explosive Plays against them this season!<a href="https...
Two injured Bengals defensive backs return to practice

Two injured Bengals defensive backs return to practice

Cincinnati Bengals starting cornerback Adam Jones and backup safety Derron Smith returned to practice Wednesday as the team prepares to face NFL leading receiver Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Jones left the Oct. 8 game against Buffalo with a back injury twice in the first half and did not return after coming out of the the second time. He did not practice Monday. ›&rsaquo...
Eifert returns from back surgery, will rehab in Cincinnati

Eifert returns from back surgery, will rehab in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed that tight end Tyler Eifert has had season-ending back surgery in California last week and will do his rehab in Cincinnati. “We tried to stave this off as long as we could and tried to allow him the opportunity to come back and feel better and get right and confer with different people, and it just didn’t work out that way,” Lewis...
NFL commission says players will not be forced to stand for anthem

NFL commission says players will not be forced to stand for anthem

The NFL won’t force players to stand for the National Anthem, it announced Tuesday, but will find ways to help players get positive results with their political activism.  “We spent today talking about the issues that our players are trying to bring attention to,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said to reporters following the league’s Fall meeting. “Issues in...
Bengals Weekend Forecast: First glance at the Steelers

Bengals Weekend Forecast: First glance at the Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers own one of the NFL’s ugliest losses and most impressive victories, and both have come in the last two weeks. After dropping a 30-9 decision at home to Jacksonville in which quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a pick-6 on back-to-back passes as part of a five-interception day, the Steelers rolled into Kansas City and upset the undefeated Chiefs on Sunday. If you&rsquo...
Sports Today: Buy or sell a fifth-place finish for the Dayton Flyers?

Sports Today: Buy or sell a fifth-place finish for the Dayton Flyers?

Today is media day in the Atlantic 10, and the Dayton Flyers have been picked to finish fifth in the league’s men’s basketball standings.  Rhode Island is the preseason favorite as the Rams return two of their top three scorers from last season, when they won 25 games.  As far as expectations go, fifth might be a pretty good place for Anthony Grant’s first team to...
Bengals make three roster moves

Bengals make three roster moves

The Cincinnati Bengals on Monday promoted linebacker Hardy Nickerson from the practice squad to fill the roster opening created by placing tight end Tyler Eifert on Injured Reserve last week. Nickerson played in the first three games before being waived and re-signed to the practice squad when linebacker Vontaze Burfict returned from suspension. ›› Bengals rookie WR Ross returns to practice...
Bengals first-round pick returns to practice, hopes to play Sunday vs. Steelers

Bengals first-round pick returns to practice, hopes to play Sunday vs. Steelers

After practicing for the first time since Sept. 20, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross said his knee felt great and that he believes he could play Sunday against Pittsburgh. That decision, of course, is not Ross’ to make. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis made is clear last week that he needs to see more of Ross on the practice field before he considers making the first-round pick one...
Watch: Steelers’ Mike Mitchell takes cheap shot on Alex Smith

Watch: Steelers’ Mike Mitchell takes cheap shot on Alex Smith

Bengals players have been quick to call out the Steelers for their dirty play in the past. While none have commented yet, Sunday was the strongest example yet. Steelers safety Mike Mitchell cut Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith at the legs. There was a penalty flag, but Mitchell wasn’t ejected. Smith didn’t show any signs of injury. <div></div><br><blockquote class="...
A.J. Green on career-best pace for yards

A.J. Green on career-best pace for yards

No surprise: A.J. Green is on pace to be the NFL’s second-leading receiver. Green has 504 yards and three touchdowns on 32 receptions. He’s almost carried the offense in their last two wins, and now has a chance at the receiving title. Green hasn’t hit 1,500 yards in a season, so his pace would result in the best season of his career.
Bengals open as six-point underdogs to Steelers

Bengals open as six-point underdogs to Steelers

Pittsburgh could essentially close the door on Cincinnati’s division title hopes this weekend. The Steelers host the Bengals in a late-afternoon game at Heinz Field Sunday. A loss drops Cincinnati to 2-4, while Pittsburgh would be 5-2 with tiebreakers over every divisional opponent. The Bengals can keep their division hopes alive with an upset. The Steelers open as a six-point favorite. They&rsquo...
How Bengals’ rivals fared during their bye week

How Bengals’ rivals fared during their bye week

The Bengals got a little help on Sunday, though the team they needed most to lose didn’t. The Steelers went into Arrowhead and defeated the previously unbeaten Chiefs. The Steelers furthered their grip on the AFC North lead. The Bengals have a chance to cut into that lead itself on Sunday in their first head-to-head matchup with their hated rivals. The Ravens were upset at home by the Bears...
Sports Today: Bengals get some good news, some bad while sitting idle

Sports Today: Bengals get some good news, some bad while sitting idle

The Cincinnati Bengals did not play Sunday, but they got some good news.  And bad.  We’ll start off on the positive: For the second time in four weeks, the Chicago Bears did the Bengals a solid by beating an AFC North opponent in overtime.  This time it was the Baltimore Ravens, who already have a win in hand against the Bengals thanks to Cincinnati’s terrible start to the...
Predicting the Week 6 NFL games

Predicting the Week 6 NFL games

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 6 of NFL games. Chicago Bears (1-4) at Baltimore Ravens (3-2) Baltimore defense a tough test for a rookie quarterback making his second start. Pick: Ravens 21, Bears 13 Cleveland Browns (0-5) at Houston Texans (2-3) Kevin Hogan is not the answer in Cleveland. Pick: Texans 35, Browns 10 ›› 5 things the #Bengals...
5 things the Bengals need to fix after the bye

5 things the Bengals need to fix after the bye

Depending what happens this weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals could be headed to Pittsburgh on Oct. 22 with a chance to move into first place in the AFC North. The two-game winning streak has the Bengals (2-3) just one game back of the Steelers and Ravens, with Pittsburgh playing at undefeated Kansas City on Sunday while Baltimore plays host to Chicago. ›› Bengals-Steelers game time changed...
Sports Today: Nebraska could be the perfect next test for Ohio State

Sports Today: Nebraska could be the perfect next test for Ohio State

On paper, Nebraska represents exactly the challenge Ohio State needs next.  Advanced stats (via FootballStudyHall.com) show a defense that is great at limiting big plays (20th in the country) but bad at preventing solid gains (112th in opponents’ success rate).  That’s consistent with what Urban Meyer described this week when he described the Cornhuskers’ base 3-4...
Andy Dalton’s Week 5 performance grades well

Andy Dalton’s Week 5 performance grades well

What a difference an offensive coordinator makes. Since Ken Zampese’s dismissal, Andy Dalton has looked like a new quarterback. In fact, he’s looked phenomenal against the Browns and Bills in two wins. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Raise your hand if you like what Bill Lazor has done with...
Bengals place Eifert on injured reserve

Bengals place Eifert on injured reserve

The Bengals on Thursday placed tight end Tyler Eifert on injured reserve with a back injury. It’s the third season in Eifert’s five in the NFL that he’s finished the season on IR. Oft-injured Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is scheduled to have season-ending back surgery Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The surgery would sideline the former Pro Bowler for four to...
How do the Bengals fare after a bye?

How do the Bengals fare after a bye?

You can add another ‘p’ to the persistent problems facing the Cincinnati Bengals. In addition to Pittsburgh, playoffs and prime time, the Bengals tend to struggle post-bye. ›› Bengals-Steelers game time changed Since the NFL made bye weeks a regular part of scheduling in 1990, the team is 8-19-1 the week after a bye, including 5-8-1 under Marvin Lewis. When the Bengals play...
One of NFL’s best, Bengals defense embracing the ‘nasty stuff’

One of NFL’s best, Bengals defense embracing the ‘nasty stuff’

The Cincinnati Bengals defense heads into the bye ranked in the top 10 in 10 categories, including the one coordinator Paul Guenther points to as the only one that matters — points allowed. The Bengals are allowing just 16.6 points per game, a number that could be significantly lower if the offense wasn’t among the lead leaders in turning the ball over, leading to 23 of the 83 points allowed...
Bengals-Steelers start time changed

Bengals-Steelers start time changed

The Cincinnati Bengals just found out their bye week will last an additional three hours with the NFL’s announcement that the Oct. 22 game at Pittsburgh has been flexed to a 4:25 p.m. kickoff. The game, which originally was scheduled for 1 p.m., will be part of the CBS doubleheader. The Bengals and Steelers have played in primetime plenty of times, but this will be just the eighth time in 84...
Sports Today: 2 football trench trends having huge effect on Bengals

Sports Today: 2 football trench trends having huge effect on Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals don’t play this week, but that hasn’t stopped the offensive line from being a point of discussion.  And with good cause.  This was the biggest area of concern entering the season, and through five weeks it remains so now that Andy Dalton has remembered how to play quarterback.  Football Outsiders ranks the Bengals 29th in adjusted line yards (a metric...
Post-bye plan for Bengals offensive line rotation still in limbo

Post-bye plan for Bengals offensive line rotation still in limbo

One of the biggest questions surrounding the Cincinnati Bengals when they return from their bye week will be whether the rotation on the offensive line continues. The question within the question is, ‘Do the coaches even know the answer at this point? »RELATED: Bengals defense off to historic start despite youth “We’re just trying to find what’s successful in everything...
Bengals jump three spots in NFL power rankings

Bengals jump three spots in NFL power rankings

Maybe the Bengals aren’t finished after all. Back-to-back wins have salvaged the season. At 2-3, Cincinnati sits a game out of first in the AFC North. As a result, they’re up in NFL.com’s power rankings to No. 23. “The Bengals have quietly won two in a row. What if they had held on at Lambeau in Week 3? Ever since getting embarrassed on opening...
Sports Today: Curious inspirations keying Bengals turnaround

Sports Today: Curious inspirations keying Bengals turnaround

Late ‘90s rock and lessons from competitive juggling have played important roles in the Cincinnati Bengals’ two-game winning streak.  No, really.  A.J. Green got over his turnover blues Sunday by remembering lessons from his days as a member of the elementary school juggling team.  No, seriously.  The superstar receiver bounced back from his role in three turnovers...
Lewis says Ross “needs a lot of time”

Lewis says Ross “needs a lot of time”

While Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said the bye week should help most of the players who got hurt in Sunday’s 20-16 win against Buffalo heal in time for for the Oct. 22 Pittsburgh game, the status of rookie wide receiver John Ross remains unclear. Ross has not played since Week 2, when he re-aggravated the left knee injury he suffered in the preseason finale at Indianapolis...
Bengals defense off to historic start despite youth

Bengals defense off to historic start despite youth

Five days before the season opener and five days after the Cincinnati Bengals finalized their 53-man roster with a heavy injection of youth, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther made it clear he planned to find playing time for every one of the kids. The idea was to be better prepare the youngsters when the inevitable injuries occurred while also reducing the load on the starters in order to keep everyone...
Lewis says bye week will serve Pacman, others well

Lewis says bye week will serve Pacman, others well

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in his postgame press conference Sunday that given the roll the team is on, he’d rather play this weekend than have a bye. But he conceded the off week probably is for the best given the number of injuries the Bengals sustained in the 20-16 win against Buffalo, including the ones that forced starting cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder) and Adam...
Andy Dalton sets new career milestones in Bengals’ win

Andy Dalton sets new career milestones in Bengals’ win

Andy Dalton accrued new career marks on Sunday. Cincinnati defeated Buffalo 20-16 to move to within one game of the division lead at 2-3. And Dalton had a solid game to help the cause. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Andy Dalton passed Bernie Kosar and Lynn Dickey for 83rd all-time in passing yards...
Bengals Report Card: Grading the performance vs. the Bills

Bengals Report Card: Grading the performance vs. the Bills

Here is the Cincinnati Bengals report card from their 20-16 victory against Buffalo on Sunday: RUSH OFFENSE The Good: The Bengals got their first rushing touchdown of the season and stayed committed to the ground game with 27 carries despite minimal production. The Bad: That minimal production of just 65 yards for a 2.4 average. Key Play: The Mixon touchdown obviously...
Sports Today: AFC North race wide open for Bengals

Sports Today: AFC North race wide open for Bengals

Here’s an understatement to start the week: The AFC North race is looking a lot better for the Cincinnati Bengals than it did three weeks ago.  The Orange and Black were already two games out two games into the season despite playing both games at home against beatable teams.  (They looked awful in both games, by the way.)  The Steelers slogged by the Browns in Week 1 then beat...
Bengals extend NFL’s longest sack streak

Bengals extend NFL’s longest sack streak

The Cincinnati Bengals defense wasted no time extending its NFL-best streak of consecutive games with a sack to 34 when Michael Johnson got to Tyrod Taylor on Buffalo’s third snap of the game. According to Pro Football Reference, the last time the Bengals had two games with at least six sacks in the same season was 2001. With 18 through five games, the Bengals are on pace for 58. The franchise...
Dalton overcomes picks, pain to lead Bengals to win

Dalton overcomes picks, pain to lead Bengals to win

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw his first two interceptions since tossing four in the season opener against Baltimore, but he was able to laugh about it after rallying the team to a 20-16 win against Buffalo on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Both of Dalton’s interceptions actually hit usually reliable wide receiver A.J. Green in the hands. &ldquo...
Archdeacon: A.J. Green shrugs off turnovers, comes up big for Bengals

Archdeacon: A.J. Green shrugs off turnovers, comes up big for Bengals

As soon as the dressing room door opened, Dave Lapham, the old Cincinnati Bengals lineman turned radio color commentator for the team, headed straight for A.J. Green, who was sitting at his locker, and quoted some Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Now I’m not sure if the Bengals All Pro receiver was familiar with the famous opening to &ldquo...
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...
Vontaze Burfict is excited to hear Pittsburgh lost

Vontaze Burfict is excited to hear Pittsburgh lost

Pittsburgh was beaten and bruised in a blowout loss to Jacksonville. And the Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict is happy to hear it. Burfict, who has a spotty past against the Steelers, was glad to be informed they lost Sunday. The Bengals won 20-16, putting them just one game out of first place after starting 0-3. https://twitter.com/JayMorrisonCMG/status/917124236501831681 Making matters even better...
Fans react to Bengals defeating Bills, one game out of first

Fans react to Bengals defeating Bills, one game out of first

The Bengals have revived their season with back-to-back wins. After destroying Cleveland a week ago, Cincinnati came out and topped a previously 3-1 Bills team, 20-16, on Sunday. Fans might be feeling some hope again, considering the Browns are helpless and Pittsburgh doesn’t look to be near as potent as once believed. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Watch: Joe Mixon’s first career touchdown puts Bengals ahead of Bills

Watch: Joe Mixon’s first career touchdown puts Bengals ahead of Bills

Joe Mixon’s first career touchdown was a big one. Mixon’s score put the Bengals up 17-13 on the Bills in a near must-win contest early in the fourth quarter Sunday. Mixon showed the elusiveness he had at Oklahoma, bouncing a run to the outside and slipping past defenders to cross the goal line. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="...
Watch: Bengals fan dumps beer on Bills’ Brandon Tate

Watch: Bengals fan dumps beer on Bills’ Brandon Tate

So much for a warm homecoming for Brandon Tate. The former Bengals receiver scored to tie Sunday’s game for the Bills in the second quarter, but wasn’t cheered. A fan dumped a beer on Tate after he ran out of the end zone. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cincy fan throws beer at former Bengals...
Bengals’ Tyler Boyd ruled out for remainder of game

Bengals’ Tyler Boyd ruled out for remainder of game

It’s been a tough season for Tyler Boyd, and it didn’t get much better Sunday. Boyd limped off the field in the first quarter of the Bengals’ game against the Bills. The wide receiver was ruled out for the rest of the day with a knee injury. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Boyd has...
Watch: AJ Green burns rookie for Bengals’ first score

Watch: AJ Green burns rookie for Bengals’ first score

Welcome to the NFL, Tre’Davious White. AJ Green blew past White on a long touchdown reception to give the Bengals an early 7-0 lead against the Bills Sunday. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I told y'all in the 3 keys pregame. Don't sleep on AJ Green. Welcomes Tre White to the NFL after 4 strong...
Bengals rally to beat Bills; one game back in AFC North

Bengals rally to beat Bills; one game back in AFC North

Usually when the football hits A.J. Green’s hands, the next place it goes is to a referee. But Sunday afternoon at rainy Paul Brown Stadium, Green had an uncharacteristically sloppy performance, losing a fumble and had two passes bounce off his hands for interceptions. And then, redemption. Green’s 47-yard reception on the final play of the third quarter set up Joe Mixon’s 5-yard...
7 things to watch in Bengals game vs. Bills

7 things to watch in Bengals game vs. Bills

They have a young and improving defense ranked No. 3 in the league. Bill Lazor has breathed some life into the offense in just two games. And special teams are doing a good job of flipping field position with some long punt returns. But the idea that the Bengals (1-3) could be playing meaningful games in December could all but disappear if they can’t find a way to beat the Buffalo Bills (3-1)...
Four Bengals ruled out for Bills game

Four Bengals ruled out for Bills game

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (back), wide receiver John Ross (knee) H-back Ryan Hewitt (knee) and safety Derron Smith (ankle) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Buffalo, while rookie linebacker Jordan Evans (hamstring) is questionable. ›› Bengals receiver Boyd addresses drug charge It will be third consecutive game Eifert, Ross and Smith have missed and...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals key to victory against the Bills

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals key to victory against the Bills

The Cincinnati Bengals are back home this weekend after breaking into the win column against the Browns.  Will the rejuvenating effects of a weekend vacation on Lake Erie carry over against the 3-1 Buffalo Bills?  There’s no doubt the vibe around the team was different this week, but this is a sneakily big game.  For all the positives of the past two games following a disastrous...
Second Thoughts: Is there another eclipse? Bengals and Browns both win

Second Thoughts: Is there another eclipse? Bengals and Browns both win

A record 6,104 home runs were hit this baseball season and MLB pitchers are keeping their shrinks busy. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Twins hit two homers in the top of the first inning in the very first playoff game. And lost. The Bengals and Browns both are at home Sunday, and I predict both Ohio teams will win. No, I didn’t pour vodka on my Apple Jacks. The Bengals host the...
Predicting Bengals-Bills and all Week 5 games

Predicting Bengals-Bills and all Week 5 games

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 5 of NFL games. New York Jets (2-2) at Cleveland Browns (0-4) No idea why/how the Browns are favored in this one. Pick: Jets 17, Browns 13 Carolina Panthers (3-1) at Detroit Lions (3-1) There won’t be anything funny about this one, Cam Pick: Lions 34, Panthers 24 ›› Bengals receiver charged with drug possession...
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...
Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron part of strange new sushi venture

Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron part of strange new sushi venture

AJ McCarron has not had a chance to make much of a mark on the NFL, but he’s already got some plans outside of football.  Naturally, they include giving people in Alabama the chance to make their own sushi rolls.  The Crimson White reports the Bengals’ backup quarterback (along with Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson) is investing in a new restaurant called “AJian Sushi&rdquo...
Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Dayton Flyers basketball’s nascent coaching search gained some steam last night with the revelation former Flyer Anthony Grant is among the candidates.  That was confirmed by WHIO’s John Bedell after Jeff Goodman of ESPN shared the name of Grant along with Dayton assistant Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio head coach John Groce. ...
March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

While you were (probably) sleeping, Xavier became this tournament's historic sleeper.  There's always one, right? Well the Musketeers staked their claim by knocking off Arizona on Thursday night.  They are the lowest seed left and the only hope left of getting a double-digit seed into the Final Four, which would put them in some exclusive company and make sure they are forever part...
Let’s grade Roger Goodell’s ideas for improving the NFL viewing experience

Let’s grade Roger Goodell’s ideas for improving the NFL viewing experience

Roger Goodell may be a divisive figure in the world of football, but he’s got at least one thing going for him: The NFL commissioner is opposed to television broadcasts going commercial break-kickoff-commercial break after a score.  That was among the revelations in a great story from USA Today about planned changes in NFL game broadcasts for this year and the future.  So...
Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

If I weren’t ready for baseball season to officially begin, I am now after watching the United States crush Puerto Rico 8-0 in the World Baseball Classic championship game.  It was enough to bring manager Jim Leyland to tears apparently.  This was the third WBC but the first I can remember getting much traction on social media.  Maybe I just follow more baseball people on Twitter...
Prosecutor Deters: No felony charge against Bengals Adam Jones

Prosecutor Deters: No felony charge against Bengals Adam Jones

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters decided to drop the felony charge against Bengals’ cornerback Adam Jones. Jones still faces three misdemeanor charges in the case. A Cincinnati Bengals’ spokesperson said they will not be making a statement at this time. The decision on whether Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters will pursue felony charges against Bengals’ cornerback Adam Jones...
Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

How’s your bracket?  I had a solid first day that would have been great if Providence hadn’t thrown its game against Northwestern and the kid from Princeton had made his potential game-winner.  All of my Sweet 16 teams are still alive, and that’s the most important thing at this point.  This must have been a fairly predictable day as I am still only in the 31st percentile...
Sports Today: First Four fun, Bengals questions, WBC rocking, UFC rallying, etc. 

Sports Today: First Four fun, Bengals questions, WBC rocking, UFC rallying, etc. 

It was a fun time at the University of Dayton Arena for the beginning of the First Four last night.  Both games were competitive most of the way as Mount St. Mary’s beat New Orleans 67-66 and Kansas State pulled away from Wake Forest late.  (The MSM mascot started rocking long before the game started.)  I know pooh-poohing the First Four is fashionable in some circles, but...
Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

I am not the only one of the opinion the NCAA basketball committee got it wrong with Wichita State.  Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com called the Shockers’ No. 10 seed the worst decision of all time.  That, of course, is terrible for the Dayton Flyers.  While there were fears UD dropping its last two games could cause the Flyers to end up in a dreaded 8-9 game, their ultimate...
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