Cincinnati Bengals


What Raiders coach Jon Gruden said about Sunday’s game vs. Bengals

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden ended his conference call with reporters in Cincinnati on Wednesday by saying he looks forward to getting back to Ohio this weekend. The University of Dayton alumnus will lead the Raiders (3-10) as they face the Cincinnati Bengals (5-8) on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. »REPORT: Bengals, Reds stadiums rank low in food cleanliness Gruden, who is in his second stint...
Report: Bengals, Reds stadiums rank low in food cleanliness

Report: Bengals, Reds stadiums rank low in food cleanliness

Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium did not fare well in an ESPN “Outside the Lines” investigation into food safety at pro sports venues around North America. In the investigation, ESPN “reviewed and collected more than 16,000 food-safety inspection reports from health departments that monitor the 111 professional football, baseball,...
Bengals have one more chance to reward what’s left of home crowd

Bengals have one more chance to reward what’s left of home crowd

The Cincinnati Bengals have one more chance to reward home fans for the investment of their time and money, but it might be too late. Cincinnati (5-8) drew its smallest crowd since 2011 during the last game at Paul Brown Stadium on Dec. 2, and the Bengals host one of the few teams worse than they are Sunday in their home finale against the Oakland Raiders (3-10). »RELATED: Bengals-Raiders game...
Familiar faces: Bengals-Raiders game will ‘be like one big reunion’

Familiar faces: Bengals-Raiders game will ‘be like one big reunion’

There could be some similarities in the two defenses that take the field Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Cincinnati Bengals (5-8) host the Oakland Raiders (3-10) in their home finale, facing former defensive coordinator Paul Guenther for the first time since he left this offseason. Marvin Lewis has taken some pages from the team’s old playbooks since he assumed Cincinnati’s defensive...
Cincinnati Bengals Week 15: First look at the Oakland Raiders

Cincinnati Bengals Week 15: First look at the Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have struggled even more than the Cincinnati Bengals this season, but they will be riding into Sunday’s matchup at Paul Brown Stadium on a high note. Oakland recovered a botched last-second field goal to seal a 24-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, giving the Raiders their third victory of the season after dropping seven of the last eight and two straight. They...
Running back Mixon a bright spot for struggling Bengals

Running back Mixon a bright spot for struggling Bengals

Joe Mixon went four straight weeks averaging just over a dozen carries per game, and although mostly productive in those limited touches, game situations prevented the Cincinnati Bengals from using the second-year running back more. Finally on Sunday, the Bengals were able to unleash Mixon, and the result was his second 100-yard rushing performance this season. He gave Cincinnati a chance in a ...
REPORT CARD: Grading the Bengals’ 26-21 loss to the Chargers

REPORT CARD: Grading the Bengals’ 26-21 loss to the Chargers

A negated touchdown, missed two-point conversions and untimely penalties prevented the Cincinnati Bengals from taking advantage of an uncharacteristically poor game for the Los Angeles Chargers. The Bengals (5-8) dropped their fifth game in a row with a 26-21 loss to the Chargers on Sunday, and head coach Marvin Lewis summed it up in his press conference afterward saying the decisions he made in the...
Bengals drop fifth straight game, fall to last place in AFC North

Bengals drop fifth straight game, fall to last place in AFC North

The Cincinnati Bengals were better, but that didn’t translate to a win Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. Instead, the Bengals suffered their fifth straight loss, a 26-21 decision to the Chargers at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. »RELATED: View photos from the game Running back Joe Mixon’s touchdown with 1:50 to play got the Bengals (5-8) within two points, but quarterback...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in Sunday’s game vs. Chargers

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in Sunday’s game vs. Chargers

The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t figured out how to turn things around while facing teams with losing records the past three weeks. Now they’ll try against one of the top teams in the AFC West. Cincinnati (5-7) carries a four-game losing streak into Sunday’s game with the Los Angeles Chargers (9-3) at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. »RELATED: What Chargers coach said about...
Cincinnati Bengals: What L.A. Chargers coach said about Sunday’s game

Cincinnati Bengals: What L.A. Chargers coach said about Sunday’s game

The Los Angeles Chargers are still settling in at their temporary home on the campus of California State University following a move from San Diego last season, but they’ve given the new fan base something to latch onto in Year 2. »RELATED: Bengals center talks Urban Meyer The Chargers (9-3) have already matched their win total from last year (9-7), and coach Anthony Lynn said he likes...
Urban Meyer left lasting impression on Bengals center Billy Price

Urban Meyer left lasting impression on Bengals center Billy Price

Cincinnati Bengals rookie and former Ohio State University center Billy Price wouldn’t be surprised to see Urban Meyer coaching again, this time in the NFL. Meyer is set to retire after the Rose Bowl completes his seventh season with the Buckeyes, but he’s retired once before when he left the University of Florida in 2010 and Price said he would make a good NFL coach if that ever became...
Driskel on loss of A.J. Green: ‘It takes its toll on the football team’

Driskel on loss of A.J. Green: ‘It takes its toll on the football team’

The Cincinnati Bengals just got A.J. Green back last week, and now he’s done for the year. In his return to action Sunday, Green re-aggravated the toe injury that sidelined him for three games, and the Bengals placed him on injured reserve Wednesday . In a corresponding move, Cincinnati activated cornerback Davontae Harris from the reserve/injured list, where he began...
Bengals lose wide receiver A.J. Green for the season

Bengals lose wide receiver A.J. Green for the season

The hits just keep on coming for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals today placed perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green on injured reserve. »WEEK 14: First look at the Los Angeles Chargers Green re-aggravated a toe injury in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to Denver. Green initially injured his toe vs. Tampa Bay in Week 8 and missed three games. He returned Sunday but re-injured the toe in the...
Cincinnati Bengals Week 14: First look at the Los Angeles Chargers

Cincinnati Bengals Week 14: First look at the Los Angeles Chargers

Already 0-2 against the AFC West, the Cincinnati Bengals are about to face one of that division’s top teams and another MVP-caliber quarterback. Cincinnati travels to play the Los Angeles Chargers (9-3) on Sunday, seeking to end a four-game losing streak. The Phillip Rivers-led Chargers sit only behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West and are coming off a 33-30 win over AFC North leading...
Bengals cornerback Kirkpatrick says team’s recent play ‘unacceptable’

Bengals cornerback Kirkpatrick says team’s recent play ‘unacceptable’

The Cincinnati Bengals continue to search for answers why they can’t break out of the funk that has them tumbling toward irrelevance with six losses in the last seven games. Youth and injuries certainly are a factor but not an excuse. Others in the league have the same issues and find ways to overcome them. »REPORT CARD: Grading Sunday’s loss to the Broncos Alex Erickson describes...
Cincinnati Bengals Report Card: Grading the 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals Report Card: Grading the 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos

For the first time in a long while, the defense wasn’t the most glaring problem for the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The offense got in its own way with penalties and turnovers, and the Denver Broncos took advantage for a 24-10 win at Paul Brown Stadium, marking the Bengals’ sixth loss in seven games and fourth in a row. Cincinnati (5-7) trailed just 7-3 at halftime, and although...
Archdeacon: Driskel’s first career start one to forget as Bengals implode

Archdeacon: Driskel’s first career start one to forget as Bengals implode

He upper right arm was covered with puffy red welts and scrapes. His right hand had some skin gouged out. His uniform pants were ripped. Jeff Driskel – who had just made his first NFL start — wasn’t just the battered, losing quarterback from Cincinnati’s 24-10 loss to Denver on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. He was the poster child of a team that began the season 4-1 and...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 takeaways from Sunday’s 24-10 loss to Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 takeaways from Sunday’s 24-10 loss to Broncos

The season slipped a little further away from the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Turnovers and penalties prevented the offense from gaining any momentum, and the Denver Broncos took advantage for a 24-10 win Sunday in front a two-thirds capacity crowd at Paul Brown Stadium. »RELATED: Turnovers, penalties send Bengals to fourth straight loss Cincinnati (5-7) trailed just 7-3 at halftime, but the...
Turnovers, penalties send Bengals to fourth straight loss

Turnovers, penalties send Bengals to fourth straight loss

Three turnovers and a slew of penalties were too much for the Cincinnati Bengals to overcome, as they dropped their fourth straight game and sixth in the last seven. Jeff Driskel threw an interception and lost a fumble in his first NFL start, Alex Erickson muffed a punt and the Bengals recorded 12 penalties for 100 yards to help the Denver Broncos to a 24-10 win Sunday in front of 44,392 fans at Paul...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in Sunday’s game vs. Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in Sunday’s game vs. Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is asking everyone to raise their level of play this week to help backup quarterback Jeff Driskel make a smooth transition into the starting role. It’s a necessary request regardless of who is leading the offense. »RELATED: What Broncos coach said about Sunday’s matchup »RELATED: Depleted O-line bolstered by familiar face »RELATED...
Cincinnati Bengals: What Broncos coach said about Sunday’s matchup

Cincinnati Bengals: What Broncos coach said about Sunday’s matchup

Vance Joseph returns to Paul Brown Stadium for the first time as a head coach when his Denver Broncos play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The former Bengals defensive backs coach hasn’t been back since his two-year stay in 2014-15 but called this “just another game” – an opportunity for his Broncos to keep their momentum going. »RELATED: Depleted O-line bolstered by...
Cincinnati Bengals: Depleted offensive line bolstered by familiar face

Cincinnati Bengals: Depleted offensive line bolstered by familiar face

The Cincinnati Bengals brought back a familiar face Thursday when they signed Andre Smith to help an offensive line that suddenly is down its two left tackles. Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn missed Sunday’s game against the Browns with a back injury, and backup Jake Fisher exited just before halftime with the same problem. Fisher was placed on injured reserve Thursday, and Glenn hasn&rsquo...
Cincinnati Bengals: Return of A.J. Green gives Driskel, offense big boost

Cincinnati Bengals: Return of A.J. Green gives Driskel, offense big boost

A.J. Green’s return couldn’t have come at a more crucial time for the Cincinnati Bengals offense. With Andy Dalton going on injured reserve Monday, Cincinnati now looks to backup quarterback Jeff Driskel to try to turn things around and he will need all the help he can get. The Bengals have lost five of their last six games, including three straight while Green has been out with a...
Cincinnati Bengals Week 13: First look at the Denver Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals Week 13: First look at the Denver Broncos

Just a few weeks ago, the Denver Broncos looked like a potentially favorable matchup for the Cincinnati Bengals. Much has changed in the last two games. The Broncos will be riding an impressive two-game win streak into Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday after collecting back-to-back victories over the eight-win Los Angeles Chargers and the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers. Denver beat the Steelers...
Cincinnati Bengals: With Dalton on IR, backup Driskel ‘ready to go’ in starter’s role

Cincinnati Bengals: With Dalton on IR, backup Driskel ‘ready to go’ in starter’s role

The last time Jeff Driskel was preparing for a start was his senior season with Louisiana State in 2015 — a 47-28 win over Arkansas State in the New Orleans Bowl. The third-year Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback is now preparing for his first NFL start Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Cincinnati placed Andy Dalton on injured reserve Monday and acquired Tom Savage off waivers from...
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton out for the season

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton out for the season

The Cincinnati Bengals push for the playoffs will go on without Andy Dalton. The veteran quarterback will miss the rest of the season after suffering an injured thumb in Sunday’s 35-20 loss to the Browns. The Bengals placed Dalton on injured reserve this afternoon. Backup Jeff Driskel, who finished Sunday’s game after the Dalton injury, will make his first career start Sunday vs....
Bengals Report Card: Grading Sunday’s 35-20 loss to the Browns

Bengals Report Card: Grading Sunday’s 35-20 loss to the Browns

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd said Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns stings a little bit more than others because of the past success the Bengals have had over their in-state rival. The Bengals had won seven straight in the series, but the Browns came into Paul Brown Stadium and made themselves comfortable, handing Cincinnati a 35-20 loss in front of a large contingent of Cleveland...
Archdeacon: Who needs sleep? Browns’ rookie Mayfield thrashes Bengals in Battle of Ohio

Archdeacon: Who needs sleep? Browns’ rookie Mayfield thrashes Bengals in Battle of Ohio

Who says you need a good night’s sleep to be at your best the next day? Cleveland quarterback, Baker Mayfield, rooms with fellow Browns’ rookie Nick Chubb on the road and he said Saturday night in their Cincinnati hotel room was a challenge. “I tell you what, he was snoring very, very loudly,” Mayfield said. Yet, if that left him wide awake with his pillow pulled over his ears...
Battle of Ohio: 5 takeaways from Browns’ 35-20 win over Bengals

Battle of Ohio: 5 takeaways from Browns’ 35-20 win over Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has been saying the same thing for the past three weeks: Players just need to do their jobs and stop trying to do anything more than that. If only it were that simple. »RELATED: Browns batter Bengals The Bengals suffered their fifth loss in the last six games Sunday, falling 35-20 to the Cleveland Browns in a “Battle of Ohio” series they have...
Battle of Ohio: Browns batter Bengals, snap 25-game road losing streak

Battle of Ohio: Browns batter Bengals, snap 25-game road losing streak

Cleveland Browns safety Damarious Randall promised a big win over the Cincinnati Bengals if A.J. Green didn’t play, and his team delivered. The Browns scored touchdowns on their first four drives before the Bengals got on the board, and Cincinnati’s comeback attempt behind backup quarterback Jeff Driskel fell short in a 35-20 loss Sunday in front of 56,122 fans at Paul Brown Stadium. Driskel...
Bengals-Browns: 5 storylines to watch in the Battle of Ohio

Bengals-Browns: 5 storylines to watch in the Battle of Ohio

The Cincinnati Bengals have dominated the “Battle of Ohio” the past three years, but could the competitive balance be returning to the rivalry series? The Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) roll into Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday fresh from a bye week that followed a 28-16 win over Atlanta, while the Bengals (5-5) are hobbling off their fourth loss in the last five games. It’s a matchup of...
What interim Browns coach said about Sunday’s matchup vs. Bengals

What interim Browns coach said about Sunday’s matchup vs. Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals placed yet another player on injured reserve Friday with defensive tackle Adolphus Washington now on the list, but the Cleveland Browns will be coming into Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday the healthiest they’ve been since training camp. »RELATED: Bengals Burfict vows to ‘keep pushing’ Browns interim coach Gregg Williams has plenty of reasons to be confident...
In the midst of ‘challenging’ season, Burfict vows to ‘keep pushing’

In the midst of ‘challenging’ season, Burfict vows to ‘keep pushing’

Vontaze Burfict said he has never experienced a season like this one. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker has struggled getting back to top form since returning from a three-game suspension to open the season. He missed the entire preseason with an ankle injury, then wasn’t ready to play right away after his suspension, and when he did get back on the field, Burfict wasn’t the playmaker...
Bengals look to continue their recent domination of Battle of Ohio

Bengals look to continue their recent domination of Battle of Ohio

The Cincinnati Bengals have lost four of their last five games and dropped one spot out of the AFC playoff picture with Sunday’s defeat at Baltimore, but this week could be a chance to get back on track. Cincinnati (5-5) hosts the Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, having won seven straight in the series against their “Battle of Ohio” rivals. »RELATED...
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis: Receivers must fight through physical play

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis: Receivers must fight through physical play

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Monday he is going to start asking the league questions about why defensive backs are grabbing hold of his receivers without penalty. It’s an issue media has been asking Bengals coaches about all season, but some no-calls potentially changed the outcome of Sunday’s 24-21 loss at Baltimore. Bengals fans on social media were calling defensive pass...
Bengals Report Card: Grading Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens

Bengals Report Card: Grading Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens

A week wasn’t enough for Marvin Lewis to completely turn around the defense, but the Cincinnati Bengals at least saw a little improvement in a 24-21 loss at Baltimore on Sunday. They didn’t give up 500 yards and 50 points, so that’s a start, right? Just not enough to avoid a loss in an important AFC North game. »RELATED: Rookie QB sends Bengals to fourth loss in five games...
Rookie quarterback sends Bengals to fourth loss in five games

Rookie quarterback sends Bengals to fourth loss in five games

Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson juked and sprinted for 117 yards in his first NFL start, Gus Edwards ran for 115 and the Baltimore Ravens ground out a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak. Flashing the moves that enabled him to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy at Louisville, Jackson zipped in and out of the pocket for 27 carries. Though the Ravens (5-5)...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch Sunday vs. Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch Sunday vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals are calling Sunday’s game at Baltimore a potential “make or break” situation. Coming off one of their worst losses in franchise history, the Bengals (5-4) are looking to turn things around before they fall out of AFC playoff contention. They currently remain in position to earn the sixth seed, while the Ravens (4-5) are trying to climb back into the picture...
What Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said about Sunday’s matchup vs. Bengals

What Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said about Sunday’s matchup vs. Bengals

While the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t seem to solve any issues over the bye two weeks ago, history says John Harbaugh will have his Baltimore Ravens ready to go after their bye. Harbaugh is 8-2 in games after the bye during his 10 years with Baltimore, but he’s not certain that is a reason to be confident as the Ravens prepare to host the Bengals in a key AFC North matchup Sunday. He spoke...
Marvin Lewis on taking over struggling defense: ‘I’ve got it’

Marvin Lewis on taking over struggling defense: ‘I’ve got it’

Marvin Lewis’ first meeting as the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive coordinator earlier this week was telling of a coach who knows what he’s doing, the players said. His presentation was maybe just a little rusty, but Lewis’ demeanor and the way his players have responded to the 16th-year head coach taking over the defense leads one to believe there is a little more confidence...
Hue Jackson on return to Bengals: ‘Excited to join a team in playoff contention’

Hue Jackson on return to Bengals: ‘Excited to join a team in playoff contention’

Hue Jackson was hoping he could make his way back to the Cincinnati Bengals when the Cleveland Browns fired him as their head coach three weeks ago, but he said he has no regrets about leaving Cincinnati in the first place. The Bengals named Jackson a special assistant to the head coach Tuesday to help Marvin Lewis as he assumes the role of defensive coordinator on top of his regular duties managing...
Marvin Lewis on adding Jackson to coaching staff: ‘I have a great comfort level with Hue’

Marvin Lewis on adding Jackson to coaching staff: ‘I have a great comfort level with Hue’

Cincinnati Bengals head coach and new defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis tipped his hand during Monday’s press conference that former offensive coordinator Hue Jackson might be returning in some fashion. When asked if he might need some help with some of the extra responsibilities that come with being both head coach and defensive coordinator, Lewis said with a smile, “Watch and see.&rdquo...
Hue Jackson back with Cincinnati: Browns fans amused, Bengals fans not so much 

Hue Jackson back with Cincinnati: Browns fans amused, Bengals fans not so much 

The Bengals made it official Tuesday morning: former Browns head coach Hue Jackson is joining the coaching staff as a special assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis. Jackson will be making his third stop as an assistant with Lewis and the Bengals. Jackson was fired last month after two-plus seasons leading the Browns. He was 3-36-1 over that span. Browns fans were amused; Bengals fans, not so much. ...
Bengals announce former Browns head coach Hue Jackson joining coaching staff

Bengals announce former Browns head coach Hue Jackson joining coaching staff

The Cincinnati Bengals made it official this morning, announcing Hue Jackson as a special assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis. “I have a great comfort level with Hue and his ability to assist me with the day-to-day responsibilities on defense, including analyzing our opponents and helping me on game days with the players and defensive coaches,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a release...
Marvin Lewis on firing defensive coordinator: ‘We had to make a change’

Marvin Lewis on firing defensive coordinator: ‘We had to make a change’

The message was clear in the Cincinnati Bengals locker room on Monday: The way the defense is playing is unacceptable, and no one’s job is safe. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin following the team’s 51-14 loss to New Orleans on Sunday, which marked the third straight game opponents have managed 500 yards or more of offense against Cincinnati...
Bengals Report Card: Grading Sunday’s 51-14 loss to the Saints

Bengals Report Card: Grading Sunday’s 51-14 loss to the Saints

The Cincinnati Bengals were missing their best player on offense Sunday, and the defense just didn’t show up at all. The result was one of the worst losses in franchise history, as the Bengals fell 51-14 to the New Orleans Saints. »RELATED: Bengals reportedly fire defensive coordinator »RELATED: 5 takeaways from Bengals’ blowout loss »ARCHDEACON: Bengals are a team going...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 takeaways from 37-34 win over Buccaneers

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 takeaways from 37-34 win over Buccaneers

Jameis Winston’s turnover troubles continued to derail the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and that was the only thing that allowed the Cincinnati Bengals to stay in the game as they rebounded from their worst loss of the season. The Bengals (5-3) picked off the Bucs’ starting quarterback four times but needed a 44-yard field goal from Randy Bullock as time expired to squeak out a 37-34 win...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 takeaways from preseason finale vs. Colts

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 takeaways from preseason finale vs. Colts

Many of the players who played big roles during the Cincinnati Bengals’ 27-26 loss to Indianapolis in the preseason finale won’t be on the roster two days later, but a few of them might have earned a spot because of their performance Thursday. Jeff Driskel, battling for the backup quarterback job, led Cincinnati to a 20-7 halftime advantage before exiting, and the Bengals’ defense...
Bengals on the bubble: Preseason finale could decide final roster cuts

Bengals on the bubble: Preseason finale could decide final roster cuts

Some of the last spots up for grabs on the Cincinnati Bengals’ 53-man roster could come down to who stands out in the preseason finale Thursday against Indianapolis. The majority of the starters will sit, as backups from both teams battle to prove they belong. Cincinnati (3-0) is coming off a 26-13 win over Buffalo, thanks to a 20-0 halftime lead produced by the first-team units, and the Colts...
Bengals sign Atkins, Dunlap to contract extensions

Bengals sign Atkins, Dunlap to contract extensions

The Cincinnati Bengals locked up two of of their best defensive players on Tuesday. The team has agreed to contract extensions with defensive tackle Geno Atkins and defensive end Carlos Dunlap. The deals are reportedly four years for Atkins, 30, and three years for Dunlap, 29. Both players’ exisiting deals were set to expire after this season. Atkins, 30, is a six-time Pro Bowler set to begin...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to know about Sunday’s game vs. Bills

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to know about Sunday’s game vs. Bills

The Cincinnati Bengals are unbeaten through two games this preseason but the most telling outing will be Sunday when they play at Buffalo. This “dress rehearsal” is treated most like a regular-season game before teams turn to their backups in the preseason finale to get a last look at players who might be on the bubble for roster spots. Cincinnati is 2-0 with wins against the Chicago Bears...
Kirkpatrick on veteran Iloka’s release: ‘It was a real shocker’

Kirkpatrick on veteran Iloka’s release: ‘It was a real shocker’

Dre Kirkpatrick said he was shocked when he found out Sunday the Cincinnati Bengals were releasing veteran safety George Iloka. A seventh-year player, Iloka appeared in 83 regular-season games with 76 starts for the Bengals over the past six seasons, and there had been no indication the Bengals were thinking of letting him go. “I was very surprised,” Kirkpatrick said. “This...
Bengals release veteran safety Iloka

Bengals release veteran safety Iloka

It was a Sunday surprise out of the Bengals training camp as Cincinnati announced the club is parting ways with veteran safety George Iloka. The 28-year old was a fifth-round draft pick in 2012 and hasn’t missed a start since the 2013 season. Iloka was set to earn $6.2 millon this season and he had three years left on his contract. The job will likely go to rookie Jessie Bates. The second-round...
Nothing settled on Bengals O-line after first preseason game

Nothing settled on Bengals O-line after first preseason game

If Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Frank Pollack saw anything in the first preseason game that will alter the starting lineup moving forward, he isn’t saying. Then again, he doesn’t have to. The starting unit Thursday’s night – left tackle Cordy Glenn, left guard Clint Boling, center Billy Price, right guard Trey Hopkins and right tackle Bobby Hart – remained...
Bengals first preseason game: So far, so good and other takeaways

Bengals first preseason game: So far, so good and other takeaways

The Cincinnati Bengals opened the preseason in fine fashion Thursday night.  Not only did they get a win over the Bears (30-27), they also provided a lot to get excited about.  Here are some takeaways from a review of the game:  1. The offensive line looks better.  Of course it is just one game, but the No. 1 offensive line had a very solid night. Billy Price handled snapping like...
5 things to watch in Bengals preseason opener vs. Bears

5 things to watch in Bengals preseason opener vs. Bears

The Cincinnati Bengals will play their first preseason game Thursday night against a Chicago Bears team hitting the field for the second time after falling to the Baltimore Ravens 17-16 in last week’s Hall of Fame game. Look for the majority of the Bengals starters to play one series, maybe two if the first is a three and out. Head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed Tuesday that linebacker Vontaze...
Bengals players react to LaFell’s release and youth movement it signals

Bengals players react to LaFell’s release and youth movement it signals

Several Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers said they were surprised the team terminated the contract of veteran Brandon LaFell on Thursday, but the only thing that should have been unforeseen was the timing of the transaction. The emergence of third-year receiver Tyler Boyd and the promise shown by youngsters John Ross, Josh Malone, Alex Erickson and rookie Auden Tate reduced by the day the likelihood...
Lewis fumes, Boyd soars and other observations from Bengals Training Camp Day 6

Lewis fumes, Boyd soars and other observations from Bengals Training Camp Day 6

The Cincinnati Bengals returned to the practice field Wednesday after their first off day of camp, although it looked as though some of them were still on break. Here are some observations from Day 6 of camp, which drew a crowd of 875 fans: Tyler Boyd had the play of the day and, arguably, the play of camp. During an 11-on-11 drill in the red zone with 20 minutes left in what had been a lethargic...
Bengals running back Bernard makes life-changing gesture

Bengals running back Bernard makes life-changing gesture

After the first days of grinding through training camp, Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard used his first off day Tuesday not to take a break, but to give one. Bernard, along with his fiancée Chloe and her mother Anita, spent a few hours at Mercedes Benz of Fort Mitchell (Ky.), where they donated the Honda Odyssey minivan Bernard used to drive as a rookie – the one made famous...
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert on his return to practice: ‘Good to be back in the pads’

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert on his return to practice: ‘Good to be back in the pads’

Ninety-seven minutes into his first padded practice in more than 10 months on Monday, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert got taken to the ground by safety George Iloka. Two plays later, Eifert was on the ground again, this time in the end zone after beating safety Shawn Williams and lunging for a touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Barkley. Eifert said he felt something on the second one:...
Observations from Day 3 of Cincinnati Bengals camp

Observations from Day 3 of Cincinnati Bengals camp

A crowd of 1,500 showed up for the third day of Cincinnati Bengals training camp as the players donned pads for the first time. Many in attendance were starting their evening with the practice before moving on to either the Reds-Phillies game at Great American Ball Park of the Cincinnati Music Festival inside Paul Brown Stadium. Here are some observations from Day 3 of training camp: Pads popping...
Cincinnati Bengals: Jackson-Green battles highlighting training camp

Cincinnati Bengals: Jackson-Green battles highlighting training camp

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said on Wednesday that the locker room is a lot quieter this year without Adam Jones. The same goes for the practice field. Jones’ absence, coupled with William Jackson’s ascension, has resulted in some wildly entertaining yet mildly verbal battles with Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green through the first few practices of training camp. &ldquo...
Bengals weigh how much to use suspended Burfict in camp

Bengals weigh how much to use suspended Burfict in camp

Vontaze Burfict and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals reported for training camp Wednesday, but it remains to be seen how often the linebacker will be on the field during the next six weeks. For the third year in a row, Burfict will be suspended for the beginning of the regular season. This year it’s a four-game ban for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances...
Cincinnati Bengals: Heart ailment behind him, Fisher excited for a minicamp without restrictions

Cincinnati Bengals: Heart ailment behind him, Fisher excited for a minicamp without restrictions

The first day of minicamp marked a fresh start for Cincinnati Bengals tackle Jake Fisher, who was cleared to participate in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since a heart ailment ended his 2017 season in November. “I was able to get out there and put my best foot forward and just keep getting better, knock some rust off,” Fisher said. “I’ve been trying to get back, so it&rsquo...
Cincinnati Bengals: Dunlap talks about decision to skip voluntary OTAs

Cincinnati Bengals: Dunlap talks about decision to skip voluntary OTAs

While his teammates were voluntarily sweating it out during OTA practices and his agent was trying to negotiate a new contract, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap spent the last few weeks surfing the black-sand beaches of Costa Rica, riding four-wheelers in the rain forest, buying a house in Miami, taking the speed train to Milan and touring Army and Air Force bases in Italy and Germany...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to watch for at minicamp

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to watch for at minicamp

The Cincinnati Bengals will hold their minicamp Tuesday through Thursday, which marks the beginning of the end for the offseason program. When the minicamp ends Thursday afternoon, players will scatter across the country to enjoy a six-week break before reporting to training camp July 25. The only difference between the minicamp and the OTA practices the team has been conducting the last three weeks...
Bengals A.J. Green says he’s healthy, good to go for minicamp

Bengals A.J. Green says he’s healthy, good to go for minicamp

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green said he expects to return to 11-on-11 drills next week for the team’s mandatory minicamp after injuring his quadricep May 29 during an OTA practice. “I’ll be back,” Green said Friday morning during a break from his youth camp at Sycamore High School. Green participated in position drills Tuesday in the first practice open to the media...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 observations from rookie camp

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 observations from rookie camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their rookie camp over the weekend, and it resulted in three tryout players performing well enough to earn contracts . Here are five other observations from the weekend: Price participates First-round pick Billy Price not only was in uniform for the rookie camp, he was able to run a few drills despite recovering from a surgically repaired pectoral...
Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive rookies eager to learn from veterans

Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive rookies eager to learn from veterans

Cincinnati Bengals’ rookie minicamp was a little more difficult than safety Jessie Bates expected. The second-round draft pick out of Wake Forest said practice surprisingly went a little more smoothly Monday when the rookies joined the veterans at the team’s voluntary workout program for the first time. The Bengals draft picks and college free agent signees participated in a three-day...
Rookie quarterback’s dream of playing for Bengals off to positive start

Rookie quarterback’s dream of playing for Bengals off to positive start

Two weeks have passed since the Cincinnati Bengals picked Logan Woodside in the seventh round, but the Frankfort, Ky. native sounded just as excited for his first rookie camp practice as he did on draft night when his favorite team growing up took a chance on him. “That’s something I always wanted was to be drafted by the Bengals, and them taking me in the seventh round means they believe...
5 things to know about the Cincinnati Bengals draft

5 things to know about the Cincinnati Bengals draft

One year after drafting one of the least productive first-round picks in franchise history, the Cincinnati Bengals will be back on the clock Thursday night when the NFL Draft gets underway in Dallas. Last year’s first-found pick, wide receiver John Ross, was injured most of the year and ended up playing 17 snaps with no catches, one rush and one lost fumble as the Bengals posted a second-consecutive...
Breaking down the Bengals schedule game by game

Breaking down the Bengals schedule game by game

The Cincinnati Bengals will play three of their first four games and three of their final four on the road, and they have just one primetime game. The last time they played three of their first four on the road was 2012. The last time they played three of final four on the road was 2009. The last time they did both? Never. This season also will be the first time since 2011 they aren’t scheduled...
5 predictions for the Bengals 2018 schedule

5 predictions for the Bengals 2018 schedule

The Cincinnati Bengals will find out who they open the 2018 season against — and where — at 8 p.m. Thursday when the NFL announces its regular-season schedule. The Bengals already know who their 16 opponents will be. They will face Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Denver, Oakland, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Miami at home, and Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Carolina, Atlanta...
Tobin: “All options on table” when it comes to Bengals’ QB situation

Tobin: “All options on table” when it comes to Bengals’ QB situation

Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the only position the team would not consider with the No. 9 overall pick was quarterback. That will not be the case when the Bengals pick 12th this year. “All options are on the table,” director of player personnel Duke Tobin said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. But regardless of whether...
New details on arrest of former NFL player, local coach

New details on arrest of former NFL player, local coach

Court and police records obtained by this news organization provide more details about what happened on Statehouse Court in Sugarcreek Twp. the night former NFL player and current Centerville High School football coach P.K. Sam II was arrested. The records obtained from Xenia Municipal Court allege that the 34-year-old ex-wide receiver broke into his own home after returning from a night in downtown...
5 things new Bengals defensive coordinator needs to address

5 things new Bengals defensive coordinator needs to address

New Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin takes over a group that has a solid foundation but is in need of some upgrades. With elite players at each level with defensive tackle Geno Atkins, linebacker Vontaze Burfict and emerging star cornerback William Jackson, Austin inherits a more talented group than he left behind in Detroit, where he was the defensive...
COMMENTARY: Cincinnati Bengals bringing back Marvin Lewis boggles the mind

COMMENTARY: Cincinnati Bengals bringing back Marvin Lewis boggles the mind

The Cincinnati Bengals announced late Tuesday afternoon they don’t care about winning or selling tickets.  The second part is a lot more surprising than the first (to be honest).  OK, these things weren’t spelled out specifically in the press release confirming Marvin Lewis will be back as the team’s coach next fall, but they didn’t have to be.  While Lewis...
6 things to know about Bengals win against Ravens

6 things to know about Bengals win against Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals pulled off one of the most stunning wins of the Marvin Lewis era on Sunday when Andy Dalton converted on fourth and 12 by hitting Tyler Boyd for a 49-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left against Baltimore. The improbable score lifted the Bengals to a 31-27 victory and eliminated the Ravens from playoff contention. Here are 6 things to know about the...
Cincinnati Bengals: Jackson excelling after lost rookie season

Cincinnati Bengals: Jackson excelling after lost rookie season

A rough season for the Cincinnati Bengals has produced at least one bright spot. Bouncing back from a lost rookie campaign, cornerback William Jackson III has proven worthy of the team’s 2016 first-round draft pick. Jackson missed all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle suffered in training camp and hasn’t lost a step despite the long layoff from competition. Not only did he gradually...
5 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Lions

5 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Lions

Cincinnati Bengals fans will be hoping for a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past on Sunday when the team plays host to the Detroit Lions at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals are 3-1 when playing at home on Christmas eve. And they are 14-4 in their last 18 home finales, including 8-0 when they don’t have any playoff hopes on the line. That will be the case again as the Bengals sit...
Possible coaching replacements if Cincinnati Bengals move on from Marvin Lewis

Possible coaching replacements if Cincinnati Bengals move on from Marvin Lewis

Whether Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was being honest or simply doing damage control when he said in postgame press conference Sunday that he has not made a decision regarding his future, the reality is that the choice is not his alone to make. Bengals owner and president Mike Brown and the other key decision makers, namely executive vice president Katie Blackburn and vice president...
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on future: ‘I have not made any decisions’

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on future: ‘I have not made any decisions’

Following Sunday’s 34-7 loss at Minnesota, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis denied a report that said he will leave the team at the end of the season. Asked if the report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter was accurate, Lewis said, “No.” “It’s the same report you guys have been reporting on all season,” he added. “There’s nothing changed since...
Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals: It’s complicated

Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals: It’s complicated

The Cincinnati Bengals’ winningest head coach reportedly isn’t coming back next season, and nobody seems surprised or unhappy about it.  What a world, huh?  In case you missed it, ESPN reported Sunday morning Marvin Lewis has decided not to make any effort to return as head coach of the Bengals next season.  His contract is up, and he isn’t going to seek...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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