When the Bengals open the season in Baltimore Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12), it will be six years to the day Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco made his NFL debut against first-year Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer at M&T Bank Stadium and the game set the parameters of the rivalry since.
The Bengals signed up their two veterans for the practice squad Sunday when defensive tackle Devon Still and center Trevor Robinson were named the two-year exceptions.
Last year Bengals.com predicted an 11-5 record before the club launched its 2013 AFC North title trek that finished 11-5. Check out what we say for 2014.
The Bengals ended up with the best of both worlds as the core of a young team that has made it to three straight playoffs begins to mix with some new blood. In 2012 they were the youngest AFC team to make the playoffs with an average NFL years of experience at 4.08. It rose to 4.22 last year and is now at 4.39. But the average age dipped ever so slightly, from 26.4 years old last year to 25.96 in 2014.
After his 17th bone-rattling carry of Thursday night, Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill came off the field to be greeted by 12-year veteran cornerback Terence Newman. He tapped Hill on the helmet because Hill didn’t tap out. Then he told him a few things.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis showed his hand in Thursday night’s preseason finale at Paul Brown Stadium when he started all but one backup in the 35-7 victory over the Colts.
Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons is in the middle of the moves coming out of Thursday's 7 p.m. preseason finale at Paul Brown Stadium (11:35 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12).
The 1,000-1 longshot paid off for both sides Wednesday when Bengals Pro Bowl WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict signed his extension that keeps the heart and soul of the NFL's No. 3 defense in Cincinnati through 2017. “You can’t be the richest man in one day. You have to work to get it," Burfict said.
The aftermath of the Bengals’ 19-13 victory over the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in the third preseason game had all the feel of a dress rehearsal. After the Bengals’ first teamers finished off their 40-9 run against their foes in the last three weeks with a 13-3 half-time lead, no one is thinking about Thursday’s 7 p.m. preseason finale at Paul Brown Stadium (11:35 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) against the Colts.
The Bengals found an old friend Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium and forged a 13-3 half-time lead over the Cardinals when cornerback Terence Newman picked off Carson Palmer and took it 54 yards for a touchdown with 6:43 left in the first quarter. Bengals win with a final score of 19-13.
When the Bengals play Sunday in Arizona (8 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 5), it is Vontaze Burfict's college homecoming. It is also a lesson in keeping an open mind.
Marquis Flowers is a linebacker who also played his college ball in Arizona. He understands why the homecoming buzz is all about Vontaze Burfict, but he's the one fighting for a job.
With multiple media reports bannering an extension for Vontaze Burfict, the Bengals continue their tradition of using the preseason as their March Madness for free agency.
Marvin Lewis says two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins is a go for the regular-season opener in Baltimore Sept. 7. And he could potentially play in Sunday’s third preseason game in Arizona (8 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5) for his season debut after working in team drills Wednesday.
You know your offense is morphing into a physical presence when the offensive line coach comes out of the game raving about a block from the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.
Rookie center Russell Bodine got a ringing endorsement from his position coach Monday with the Sept. 7 regular-season opener in Baltimore now less than three weeks away.
It’s almost as if the first 17 plays, 17 minutes, and 17 points of Saturday night’s game at Paul Brown Stadium against the Jets sprung from a Hue Jackson fantasy the day he became the Bengals offensive coordinator back in January.