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October not Looking All That Scary to the Cincinnati Bengals
October 3rd, 2011 at 7:00 AM
Sunday's Cincinnati Bengals victory over the Buffalo Bills might be the one that propels them into the playoff hunt. That's right, I wrote Cincinnati Bengals and playoffs in the same sentence. Instead of being 1-3 (and being one bad huddle break from 0-4), the Bengals sit at 2-2 and are...

Jerome Simpson, Cedric Benson Expected to Start Sunday
September 29th, 2011 at 8:10 PM
The long term status of Cincinnati Bengals' starters Jerome Simpson and Cedric Benson continues to be unclear, but as of Thursday, it appears that both will be in the starting lineup when the team takes on the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium. It's been over a week now since authorities...

The Cincinnati Bengals Have the Potential to Make a Run
September 19th, 2011 at 7:44 AM
Yesterday's narrow loss to the Denver Broncos was a bitter pill in many ways, but it proved one thing: Andy Dalton and this offense can move the football. Yes, they need to improve on their third down and red zone conversion, but the fears that without Carson, Chad and TO...

Cincinnati Bengals Continue to Tweak Roster for Regular Season
September 6th, 2011 at 4:44 PM
The Bengals aren't finished refining their roster in preparation for Sunday's season opener in Cleveland. This weekend, the team made their cuts to get the roster to 53 and signed seven players to the practice squad. Today, they made a couple of more moves. The team had tentatively signed tight end...

Cincinnati Bengals Announce Final Cuts for Regular Season Roster
September 3rd, 2011 at 4:40 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals trimmed their roster down to the 53 man NFL maximum Saturday. Although no major surprises are among those cut, the Bengals opted to let go backup quarterback Dan LeFevour and go into the season with just two quarterbacks.  Also let go on the offense were RB Jay Finley,FB Fui...

Mike Brown Keeps the Checkbook Open; Extends Leon Hall’s Contract
September 2nd, 2011 at 11:45 AM
***PHOTO1***  Has anyone seen Cincinnati Bengals' owner Mike Brown? Given the recent spate of free agent signings and contract renegotiations, one has to wonder whether the famously frugal Bengals' patriarch is still with us. The Bengals announced Friday morning that they have extended the contract of cornerback Leon Hall, which was...

Cincinnati Bengals Dominate First Half; Lose the Game 17-13
September 2nd, 2011 at 5:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and his staff had to be thrilled at half time. They had just seen their team dominate the Indianapolis Colts over the first two quarters of Thursday's final preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. After the game, however, they were not as excited as...

What to Watch for: Roster Spots on the Line Tonight
September 1st, 2011 at 9:21 AM
When the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Indianapolis Colts tonight, most Bengal players will be merely taking some final practice snaps in preparation for next week's season opener in Cleveland. For several, however, their performance in tonight's game could determine their futures as players in the NFL. While the Bengals...

Cincinnati Bengals Acquire CB Kelly Jennings from Seattle Seahawks
August 29th, 2011 at 4:04 PM
 ***PHOTO1*** The Cincinnati Bengals made another move to shore up their secondary Monday, trading DT Clinton McDonald to Seattle for CB Kelly Jennings. With Adam "PacMan" Jones likely to begin the season on the PUP list recovering from neck surgery, Jennings gives the Bengals another veteran presence at corner who can...

Cincinnati Bengals Cut Jordan Palmer, Tom Nelson, Four Others
August 27th, 2011 at 5:16 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Palmer family has left Paul Brown Stadium. In an expected move, the Bengals terminated the contract of Jordan Palmer, Carson's younger brother and erstwhile back up quarterback. Safety Tom Nelson, CB Fred Bennett, CB LeRoy Vann, WR Jamere Holland, and LB Stephen Franklin were also trimmed from the roster, getting...

Four Myths About the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011
August 23rd, 2011 at 1:12 PM
Perhaps no team in the NFL is the butt of more jokes than the Cincinnati Bengals. Using Mike Ditka's standard of "you are what your record says you are" as a standard, it's certainly justified in many ways to assume the worst about this franchise. Add in a team coming...

Cincinnati Bengals Trade for Safety Taylor Mays
August 22nd, 2011 at 8:52 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Cincinnati Bengals traded an undisclosed draft choice to the San Francisco 49'ers for safety Taylor Mays. The Bengals have been trying to shore up the safety position that struggled against both the pass and run last season. Both Chinedum Ndukwe and Roy Williams were allowed to leave via free agency...

Turnovers Plague Young Cincinnati Bengals in Loss to the New York Jets
August 22nd, 2011 at 7:26 AM
When the Bengals break down the film of Sunday night's preseason loss to the New York Jets, Marvin Lewis and company will see some improvements made from last week's game with Detroit. Unfortunately, they'll also see plenty of places where the team didn't execute. The team turned the ball over...

Keys to Success for Cincinnati Bengals Against New York Jets
August 21st, 2011 at 2:07 PM
It's the preseason. It's not about winning and losing, but getting ready for the regular season. This year's preseason is even more important for the Cincinnati Bengals as they enter 2011 with a new offense centered around young players and have had no offseason program in which to get familiar...

New York Jets Pose a Formidable Test for Young Cincinnati Bengals
August 19th, 2011 at 2:12 PM
***PHOTO1***  Last Thanksgiving, the New York Jets gave the Cincinnati Bengals a thrashing in New York 26-10. Much has changed on both sidelines as the two teams prepare to meet again this Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey. For the Bengals, the core of their offense has changed. Gone are Carson Palmer,...

Jonathan Fanene Returns to the Practice Field, but as an Observer
August 17th, 2011 at 8:01 AM
New contract in hand, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Jonathan Fanene returned to Georgetown on Tuesday night. He watched from the sidelines, however, with a number of teammates who were held out of Tuesday's session. ***PHOTO1*** Head coach Marvin Lewis pulled no punches when asked about Fanene after practice.  "I guess as he was negotiating...

Cincinnati Bengals Cut DT Tank Johnson
August 16th, 2011 at 10:40 AM
***PHOTO1***  The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contract of defensive tackle, Tank Johnson on Tuesday. The move comes as a bit of a surprise as Johnson was listed as a starter on the Bengals depth chart. He did not play on Friday in Detroit, however, and the Bengals have shown they are...

Mike Zimmer Challenges Cincinnati Bengals Defense: “Prove Me Right.”
August 15th, 2011 at 7:35 PM
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer gave his charges a reprieve Monday as the team resumed practice at Georgetown College. "I wanted to come in and chew some (backside) but I watched the tape and it's not that bad. It's correctable things."   ***PHOTO1*** The tape Zimmer alluded to was of Friday night's...

Cincinnati Bengals Look to Take New Offense for a Test Drive in Detroit
August 12th, 2011 at 9:00 AM
Cedric Benson toting the rock will be a familiar sight, but the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals offense will be brand new when the team takes the field in Detroit Friday night. Marvin Lewis and Jay Gruden get to take their new wheels out of the garage and see how it...

Mike Zimmer Praises Linebackers as Cincinnati Bengals Prepare for Detroit Lions
August 10th, 2011 at 9:42 PM
***PHOTO1***  Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is excited about the play he's seen thus far from his linebacking corps. Led by second year MLB Rey Maualuga, the group is proving to be the strength of the defense so far in camp. "We brought in some smart linebackers. Thomas Howard is very athletic and...