If Vontaze Burfict had to watch a game instead of play in one, then at least he got to do it with one of his favorite people. But even his toddler had a question. Now the question is how many snaps can he play Thursday (8:20 p.m.-NFL Network) against Miami at Paul Brown Stadium. He says all of them if it is close.
With Jeremy Hill ripping off his longest run in 20 games during Sunday's 29-17 loss to the Broncos in the Paul Brown Stadium opener, the running game stirred. But Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth says it has to become the norm: “I think this team is going to have to run it well. It’s just reality.”
It’s not that the Bengals lost Sunday to Denver. After all, they are the defending Super Bowl champs. But four sack-and-strip touchdowns by Broncos All-World pass rusher Von Miller would have made more sense than what happened in a wild Paul Brown Stadium opener.
The proud Bengals defense dared Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian to beat them with his arm in the first road start of his career at Sunday’s sold-out Paul Brown Stadium opener and he shocked the crowd of 63,850 with four touchdown passes in a stunning 29-17 victory that dropped the 1-2 Bengals to under .500 for the first time since the morning of Nov. 18, 2012.
Pro Bowl cornerback Adam Jones stood in front of his locker and one of the Bengals captains took the blame for letting Sunday’s 29-17 loss to Denver start to spin that way in the first half of Paul Brown Stadium’s sold-out opener.
The Bengals and Broncos don’t want to stop meeting like this. Every time they’ve rendezvoused in the past five years there have been wide-ranging implications in the balance of power in the AFC. Sunday’s sold-out Paul Brown Stadium opener (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) is no different and the Bengals.com Media Roundtable breaks it down.