Cincinnati Bengals


Bengals promote linebacker, waive veteran defensive lineman

The Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday waived veteran defensive tackle Pat Sims and signed linebacker Hardy Nickerson off the practice squad. Sims suffered a calf injury two weeks ago against Jacksonville that kept him out of last week’s game at Tennessee, and the team had already ruled him out for Sunday’s game at Denver. ›› 6 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Broncos...
5 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Broncos

5 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Broncos

The Cincinnati Bengals begin a stretch of three consecutive games against teams with records as bad or worse than their 3-6 mark today in Denver against the 3-6 Broncos. Even though the team hasn’t won more than two in a row since starting the 2015 season 8-0, the Bengals are holding onto hope they can put together a streak that would get them with a game of .500 and make the Dec. 4 Monday night...
Bengals linebacker Burfict believes refs target him unfairly

Bengals linebacker Burfict believes refs target him unfairly

Vontaze Burfict just wants to stay out of the officials’ way. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker was ejected Sunday for making contact with an official in a 24-20 loss to Tennessee, and in his first comments since then, Burfict expressed frustration with how refs are treating him — in many cases trying to provoke him. The ejection happened after Burfict made...
Pacman out vs. Broncos, Jackson questionable

Pacman out vs. Broncos, Jackson questionable

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones missed his third consecutive practice Friday and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Denver. The Bengals could be thin at corner with William Jackson listed as questionable with the toe injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss at Tennessee, although Williams continues to improve. He missed Wednesday’s practice, was limited Thursday and went...
Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

This weekend the Cincinnati Bengals actually play a team in a worse funk than they are.  The Broncos are only 2.5-point favorites despite playing at home against a team that has lost two in a row and three of its last four games.  This has all the earmarks of an ugly slugfest between two teams that have major issues on offense and pretty good defenses.  The Bengals are No. 22 over at ...
Predicting Bengals-Broncos and all Week 11 NFL games

Predicting Bengals-Broncos and all Week 11 NFL games

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 11 of NFL games. RELATED›› Boyd could bring boost on third down for Bengals Detroit Lions (5-4) at Chicago Bears (3-6) The Lions have to win this one, and they will. Pick: Lions 27, Bears 17 Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3) at Cleveland Browns (0-9) The possibility remains of the Browns getting their first win in Cincinnati...
This week in Bengals history: Nov. 19

This week in Bengals history: Nov. 19

The Cincinnati Bengals have played six times on Nov. 19, and they are 2-4 in those games. Here is a look at each contest: Nov. 19, 2006 – Cincinnati Bengals 31, New Orleans Saints 16 at Louisiana Superdome Carson Palmer and the Bengals withstood New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees’ 510 passing yards – second most by a Cincinnati opponent – with 21 fourth-quarter points in a...
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...
LA Rams audibles cracking up football fans

LA Rams audibles cracking up football fans

The LA Rams are rolling in their first season back in Los Angeles (the team moved from LA to St. Louis in the 1990s, the team was originally located in Cleveland) thanks to Sean McVay, the youngest coach in NFL history, a roster of hungry players and a great offense. Quarterback Jared Goff leads the Rams attack, and per duty of quarterbacks, has to call audibles (switch plays or assignments) at the...
Concussed Jones misses practice again, unlikely to play at Denver

Concussed Jones misses practice again, unlikely to play at Denver

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones missed his second consecutive practice with a concussion, making it unlikely he plays Sunday in Denver. Jones was one of two Bengals who did not practice Thursday, along with defensive tackle Pat Sims, who sat out the Tennessee game with a calf injury. Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter Three players who missed practice Wednesday were back on the field Thursday...
Bengals’ rookie: From practice squad to playing in 2 days

Bengals’ rookie: From practice squad to playing in 2 days

Rookie defensive tackle Josh Tupou went from practice squad to playing time in two days and now looks back on his NFL debut as “surreal.” The Bengals signed Tupou on Saturday to replace injured Pat Sims (calf), and the 23-year-old found himself thrown into the mix Sunday in a loss to the Titans. »RELATED: See what Marvin Lewis had to say at his weekly press conference Tupou had been...
Sports Today: Is John Ross getting a raw deal from Marvin Lewis and the Bengals?

Sports Today: Is John Ross getting a raw deal from Marvin Lewis and the Bengals?

Finding things to talk about can be challenging when a team like the Bengals is struggling, but yesterday the matchup between Cincinnati’s receivers and the Denver defensive backs provided a nice storyline everyone was willing to talk about.  Look for something more on that later today. In the meantime, I’ve seen lots of people latch on to Marvin Lewis’ comments on one...
5 things Broncos coach Vance Joseph said about the Bengals

5 things Broncos coach Vance Joseph said about the Bengals

First-year Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph took calls from reporters in Cincinnati on Wednesday.  Here are five takeaways from what he said about the team that used to employ him:  Joseph, the defensive backs coach for the Bengals in 2014-15, has enjoyed seeing a new-and-improved version of Dennard, who was the team’s No. 1 draft pick in 2014.  “He’s playing under...
Boyd could be boost for Bengals on third down

Boyd could be boost for Bengals on third down

Wednesday was a big day for Tyler Boyd, and it had little to do with the fact it was his 23rd birthday. The second-year wide receiver is eager to get back on the field for the Cincinnati Bengals after missing the last four games with a knee injury, and he knows he needs to make a better showing this week on the practice field, starting with Wednesday’s first session. ›› See what...
What Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had to say at weekly presser

What Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had to say at weekly presser

Here is the transcript from Wednesday’s press conference with Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis: Initial comments … “The Broncos got off to a really good start. They started out 2-0, then lost (to Buffalo), came back in the fourth quarter (two win vs. Oakland), and then have dropped the last five (games). The thing you see offensively that hurt them a little bit in some...
2 starters return to Bengals practice

2 starters return to Bengals practice

Safety Shawn Williams and linebacker Kevin Minter returned to practice Wednesday for the Cincinnati Bengals. Williams missed Sunday’s loss at Tennessee with a hamstring injury. Minter has missed three games with an elbow injury. Both starters were listed as limited Wednesday, along with defensive end Michael Johnson (illness). ›› Marvin on John Ross: He let me down Five players...
See what Marvin Lewis had to say about playing time for A.J. McCarron

See what Marvin Lewis had to say about playing time for A.J. McCarron

Attention Cincinnati Bengals fans hoping to see a change in quarterback before the end of this season: Be prepared to be disappointed.  With his team 3-6 on the season and riding a two-game losing streak, coach Marvin Lewis was asked Wednesday if there could be any benefit to backup quarterback A.J. McCarron getting some playing time in place of starter Andy Dalton late in the season.  &ldquo...
Marvin Lewis on John Ross: He let me down

Marvin Lewis on John Ross: He let me down

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis voiced his disappointment with first-round pick John Ross on Wednesday. Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter “John had a play last week that we weren’t very thrilled with,” Lewis said, referring to the second play of the second quarter when Ross stopped on a go route and Andy Dalton’s pass feel incomplete 5 yards beyond him. “The thing...
Bengals sign running back

Bengals sign running back

The Cincinati Bengals signed running back Brian Hill off the Atlanta Falcons practice squad today and waived rookie linebacker Hardy Nickerson. Hill, a rookie from Wyoming, gives the Bengals some depth at running back after Jeremy Hill decided to have season-ending surgery last week and was placed on Injured Reserve on Saturday. Atlanta drafted Hill in the fifth round, and he made the team’s...
Bengals Weekend Forecast: First glance at the Broncos

Bengals Weekend Forecast: First glance at the Broncos

As poorly as the Cincinnati Bengals have played, they still find themselves well back of the Denver Broncos for the label of most disappointing team of the season. The Broncos, who will play host to the Bengals on Sunday, own the same record as the Bengals at 3-6. Denver is just two seasons removed from a Super Bowl championship, and the Broncos came into 2017 having posted five consecutive winning...
Marvin Lewis surprised running back Hill having season-ending injury

Marvin Lewis surprised running back Hill having season-ending injury

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he was surprised to find out running back Jeremy Hill will be undergoing season-ending ankle surgery. Hill injured the ankle in the final practice before the Week 9 game at Jacksonville and did not practice all last week. He finally landed on the injured reserve list Saturday ahead of the team’s 24-20 loss at Tennessee...
Marvin Lewis downplays report Burfict being provoked by referees

Marvin Lewis downplays report Burfict being provoked by referees

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis downplayed an ESPN report Monday that officials are provoking linebacker Vontaze Burfict. An unnamed Bengals player told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that officials have antagonized Burfict at least three times in the last month, including cursing at him. The report comes after Burfict was ejected Sunday for making contact with an official in the...
WATCH: Steelers mock A.J. Green, Bengals with touchdown celebration

WATCH: Steelers mock A.J. Green, Bengals with touchdown celebration

The Pittsburgh Steelers added insult to injury on another Sunday that saw the Bengals lose.  Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster confirmed to ESPN he and Le’Veon Bell were mocking Bengals receiver A.J. Green with a touchdown celebration Sunday.  Green, of course, made headlines last week when he got into a fight with Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey. 
Bengals Report Card: Grading the loss to the Titans

Bengals Report Card: Grading the loss to the Titans

Here is the report card from the 24-20 loss the Cincinnati Bengals suffered against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday: RUSH OFFENSE The Good: The running backs had one of the most productive games in a while in terms of yards per carry, with Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard combining to average 4.3. The Bad: After a productive 7-yard gain on his first jet sweep, Alex Erickson got stopped for a 1-yard loss...
Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

I guess I should lead off with the Bengals today, but then again what’s the point?  This team is dead in the water.  If I put the over/under on the remainder of Marvin Lewis’ tenure at two weeks, which one are you taking?  I’d go under.  There’s one more game on this three-game road trip, and I think that will pretty much seal the deal.  After the Bengals...
Penalties pile up in Bengals loss to Titans

Penalties pile up in Bengals loss to Titans

The two penalties that led to Burfict’s ejection were part of a bigger problem as the Bengals were flagged a season-high 12 times for a season-high 84 yards inthe 24-20 loss at Tennessee on Sunday. It marked the most penalties the Bengals have had since committing 13 in a 37-37 tie against Carolina on Oct. 12, 2014, and the most in a non-overtime game since committing 13 in a 31-24 win at Green...
Ross on missed deep ball: “All my fault”

Ross on missed deep ball: “All my fault”

Cincinnati Bengals rookie first-round pick John Ross was active for just the third time this year in Sunday’s 24-20 loss at Tennessee . But as was the case in his previous two games, Ross was a non-factor. ›› Silence speaks when it comes to Burfict’s ejection Ross played just six snaps, brining his season total to 17, and finished with no catches...
Silence speaks in Bengals ejection-marred loss

Silence speaks in Bengals ejection-marred loss

In the aftermath of last week’s 23-7 loss at Jacksonville, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green stood in front of his teammates and apologized for getting ejected before standing in front of reporters and continuing to apologize while answering every question. Sunday in the visitors locker room at Nissan Stadium, Burfict refused to talk to the media after getting ejected from a 24-20 loss to...
Green’s heroics can’t save Bengals from another loss

Green’s heroics can’t save Bengals from another loss

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green breaks away from defenders as he scores a touchdown on a 70-yard pass play against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Green’s heroics can’t save Bengals from another loss

Green’s heroics can’t save Bengals from another loss

You know things are going bad when not even A.J. Green’s heroics can help the Cincinnati Bengals win. Green’s 70-yard touchdown reception gave the Bengals their first lead of the game with 5:03 remaining, but Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota drove the Titans 73 yards for a game-winning score. Mariota’s 7-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray with 36 seconds remaining lifted the...
Burfict ejected from Bengals game at Tennessee

Burfict ejected from Bengals game at Tennessee

For the second week in a row a Cincinnati Bengals player has been ejected. Last week it was A.J. Green for fighting, today it was Vontaze Burfict for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a span of three plays in the first half at Tennessee. The first penalty came when Burfict hit Titans running back DeMarco Murray well out of bounds. Two plays later, Burfict was flagged for making contact with...
John Ross active for Bengals today vs. Titans

John Ross active for Bengals today vs. Titans

Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick John Ross is active for today’s game at Tennessee. This is just the third time this season Ross has been active, and it comes with the team having seven healthy receivers, six of which will dress. ›› 5 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Titans The odd man out is Tyler Boyd, who technically is a healthy scratch after not being listed on the...
Cincinnati Bengals put Jeremy Hill on IR

Cincinnati Bengals put Jeremy Hill on IR

It appears as if Jeremy Hill has played his last game with the Cincinnati Bengals after the team placed him on season-ending Injured Reserve on Saturday. Hill, who is in the final year of his contract, suffered an ankle injury the walk-through last Saturday and was inactive for the 23-7 loss at Jacksonville. ›› 5 things to watch in Bengals game vs Titans He did not practice this week...
Bengals likely to be without four starters Sunday

Bengals likely to be without four starters Sunday

The Cincinnati Bengals will be without three, are likely four, starters Sunday at Tennessee. Running back Jeremy Hill (ankle), linebacker Kevin Minter (elbow) and defensive tackle are out, and safety Shawn Williams (hamstring) is listed as doubtful. ›› Bengals have history climbing out of 3-5 hole There’s a 50-50 chance another key piece could be inactive, with kicker Randy Bullock...
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....
Sports Today: Can Bengals, Buckeyes bounce back? Weekend forecast

Sports Today: Can Bengals, Buckeyes bounce back? Weekend forecast

The Cincinnati Bengals begin the second half of their season this week in Tennessee, but it’s hard to imagine Marvin Lewis’ team creating any beautiful music while they’re down there.  The 5-3 Titans aren’t great, but what signs of life have the Bengals shown? (Aside from this.) Lewis insisted he saw progress from the offense last week even as they had arguably one of...
This week in Bengals history: Nov. 12

This week in Bengals history: Nov. 12

The Cincinnati Bengals have played four times on Nov. 12 and are 1-3 in those contests: Here is a look at each of those games: Nov. 12, 2006 – San Diego Chargers 49, Cincinnati Bengals 41 at Paul Brown Stadium Carson Palmer threw for a career-high 440 yards, and Chad Johnson caught 11 passes for a franchise-record 260 yards and two touchdowns in a game in which the Bengals lead 28-7 at halftime...
Bengals have history climbing out of 3-5 hole

Bengals have history climbing out of 3-5 hole

“If we can eliminate some of the little mistakes, we’ll have a chance to put together a streak of wins. There’s no doubt in my mind we can do it.” That quote came out of the Cincinnati Bengals locker room five years ago, rolling off the lips of former offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth after the Bengals had dropped their fourth consecutive game to fall to 3-5. That team went...
Williams returns to Bengals practice, another starter turns up ill

Williams returns to Bengals practice, another starter turns up ill

Cincinnati Bengals safety Shawn Williams return to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with a hamstring injury. The Bengals listed Williams as a limited participant. ›› Bengals receiver A.J. Green fined for fighting The only other change from Wednesday was starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick sat out with an illness. Also missing practice were kicker Randy Bullock (back), running...
From warehouse job to NFL, Koehn thankful for shot with Bengals

From warehouse job to NFL, Koehn thankful for shot with Bengals

Marshall Koehn was working in a carpet warehouse in Iowa and kicking twice a week while waiting for a job in the National Football League. After a few failed attempts with other teams, the former University of Iowa kicker is grateful to have found a spot with the Bengals – no matter how temporary his role is. »RELATED: NFL fines A.J. Green for role in brawl »RELATED: Smith walks...
NFL fines A.J. Green $42,000, Bengals WR says he will not appeal

NFL fines A.J. Green $42,000, Bengals WR says he will not appeal

The NFL fined Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green $42,000 for his fight with Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey on Sunday, leading to both players being ejected. Green said he will not appeal the fine. “I accept my fine and I’ll pay it and move on,” Green said. “I did something I wasn’t supposed to do. Now I have to accept the consequences.” Green said...
Smith walks away from Bengals to join Browns

Smith walks away from Bengals to join Browns

On Saturday the Cincinnati Bengals cut safety Derron Smith. On Thursday, he walked away on his own, terminating his contract with the team to sign with the Cleveland Browns. ›› Lewis divulges nature of Fisher illness that ended his season The Bengals cut Smith to make room for kicker Marshall Koehn when Randy Bullock was unable to kick due to a back injury. After Smith cleared waivers...
Sports Today: An old voice provides familiar message in Bengals locker room

Sports Today: An old voice provides familiar message in Bengals locker room

If you want to know how things are going for the Cincinnati Bengals these days, the most interesting guy in the locker room Wednesday was a newly signed backup offensive lineman.  Veteran Eric Winston, re-signed after Jake Fisher went on Injured Reserve, is a reputed good talker and the president of the players association, but still…  A lot of us gathered around him to ask about...
Bengals’ Lewis says Fisher is dealing with heart issue

Bengals’ Lewis says Fisher is dealing with heart issue

Nineteen hours after declining to say what type of illness ended right tackle Jake Fisher’s season, saying it is “personal to Jake,” Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis disclosed the details on a national radio show. Speaking on Sirius/XM NFL Radio on Thursday morning, Lewis said Fisher is dealing with an irregular heartbeat. “The procedure that he needs to have sounds...
5 things Titans coach Mike Mularkey said about the Cincinnati Bengals

5 things Titans coach Mike Mularkey said about the Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals head to Tennessee this week to take on a Titans team that has won three in a row.  Here are some of the highlights from Titans coach Mike Mularkey’s conference call with media in Cincinnati:  “They’re a veteran group,” Mularkey said of the team that ranks 11th in the NFL in scoring and sixth in total yards allowed per game.  “A lot...
Lewis insists he won’t be coaching as long as LeBeau

Lewis insists he won’t be coaching as long as LeBeau

Marvin Lewis has never answered a question so fast. At the end of a series of questions about his relationship with Tennessee defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, Lewis was asked if he could imagine still coaching at age 80 like LeBeau. “No,” came the immediate answer, followed by a laugh. The 59-year-old Lewis is in his 29th season coaching in the NFL and 15th as head coach of the Bengals...
5 Bengals miss practice, 5 limited

5 Bengals miss practice, 5 limited

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd practiced Wednesday for the first time since injuring his right knee in the Oct. 8 win against Buffalo. Boyd was one of five players listed as limited on the Bengals practice report, which also included five players who did not participate. ›› Boyd returns to practice just as Ross finds his footing Sitting out were kicker Randy Bullock (back)...
Cincinnati Bengals: Boyd returns to practice as Ross finds footing

Cincinnati Bengals: Boyd returns to practice as Ross finds footing

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd returned to practice Wednesday, adding another wrinkle to the ongoing saga of when rookie first-round pick John Ross will see any significant action. Ross, the No. 9 overall pick, has played 11 snaps — five in the Week 2 loss to Houston in which he re-aggravated a knee injury he suffered in the preseason finale, and six in the Week 8 victory against...
Bengals AJ McCarron able to laugh about trade that wasn’t

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

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

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Colts

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

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Bills

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

Archdeacon: Bengals players weigh in on recent anthem protests

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

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Browns

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

6 things to know about Bengals loss to Packers

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

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

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

5 things to know about Bengals loss to the Ravens

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

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

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

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

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

Undrafted rookies Carter, Nickerson excited for Bengals opportunity

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

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

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

Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

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

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

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

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

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

Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

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

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

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

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

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

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

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

6 things to watch in Bengals preseason opener

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

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

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

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

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

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

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

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

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

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

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

Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

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

Observations from Day 4 of Bengals training camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

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

Young guard Redmond benefiting from Smith’s absence

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

Bengals draft class stamped with speed

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

Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smith eager for fresh start with Bengals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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