If you see Andy Dalton or other Bengals with a shaved head, Christine Zampese is why. The wife of Bengals quarterback coach Ken Zampese is praising the team for cheering her on in the fight of her life. "I always say, 'I think cancer picked the wrong girl.' I'm going to beat it," Christine said.
Dre Kirkpatrick can't help but think about the parallels the Bengals are having to what his college squad had when it went 14-0 in 2009.
I grew up a Buffalo Bills fan in Lakewood, NY. My childhood bedroom was a shrine to O.J. Simpson and my loving mother even went to the trouble of hand-painting Bills uniforms on the tiny plastic players in my vibrating electric football game (remember those?) since the only version available at the local store featured the Jets vs. Rams.
After Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw an interception in last week’s victory over the Seahawks, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett plastered him with a hit from behind and knocking Dalton to the ground before throwing in a forearm for good measure. He’ll be losing some money as a result of losing his mind. PFT has confirmed with the league that Bennett has been fined $20,000 for the hit.
For those Cincinnati Bengals fans waiting for linebacker Vontaze Burfict to be activated off the physically unable to perform list next week, remain patient. Coach Marvin Lewis said Friday that although Burfict will be eligible to come off the PUP list following this Sunday's game at Buffalo, he will not be part of any roster moves that place him on the Week 7 active roster.
At this point, Marvin Lewis could care less who will be taking snaps for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. That's because the Cincinnati Bengals head coach contends his focus isn't solely on EJ Manuel, nor is it specifically directed toward Tyrod Taylor. His mind remains affixed upon his own players, and ways he can help them attack the Bills' offensive scheme.
Behind Enemy Lines
After missing the past two games with a left hamstring injury, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is expected to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. McCoy is listed as probable on the Bills' injury report.
The Buffalo Bills will be playing without the services of starting safety Aaron Williams until, at minimum, their Week 14 road game against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 13. That's because the Bills placed Williams on Injured Reserve with a designation to return on Wednesday. He lands there because of the same neck injury that landed him in the hospital during Week 2, which cost him two additional games after that, and which limited him during last Sunday's win in Tennessee. Williams played 60 snaps in that win, which makes his landing on IR all the more unusual.
Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins went public with his desire for the ball to come his way more often this week, saying that he reached out to people in the organization to tell them that "you’re making me look bad and you’re making yourself look bad" when you don’t look in his direction more often. Such comments can make waves inside a team, but at least one member of the Bills agrees with Watkins’s assessment.
Struggling through his second year in the NFL, Sammy Watkins is unhappy with his role in Buffalo. He has made it known that he wants to be used more in the offense and needs the ball thrown his way more often. Watkins is only in his second year in the NFL but it would seem that he already has his eye on his 2nd contract with comments like these. He may have a lot to lose if he can’t get the ball thrown his way more often so let’s examine where he is coming from with his argument.
Charcandrick West will get some work as the Kansas City Chiefs’ featured back in Sunday’s game against the Vikings in Minnesota. So will Knile Davis and, perhaps, Spencer Ware. Beyond that, nobody is quite certain how things will go for the Chiefs in their first game without the injured Jamaal Charles, who is done for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.
Sunday night's battle between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts was already going to be heated. After all, last season's infamous Deflategate game was a 45-7 New England win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game. But now, thanks to an Indianapolis bakery, this is war.
Come on into the film room. The lights are low, the chairs are uncomfortable and hopefully you brought your own sunflower seeds. This is where the magic of scouting happens.
New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis seemingly has emerged from crumb rubber, musket smoke and pixie dust, so we are inclined to chalk him up to mystery. How else can we explain an undersized running back leading the NFL's best offense in rushing yards after being cut twice and sitting out of football for almost all of last season?
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was pulled over after a domestic argument "got out of hand," according to WEWS NewsChannel 5 in Cleveland. There was an argument between Manziel and his girlfriend, Colleen Elizabeth Crowley, and the police were called after Manziel's car used the shoulder of the road to pass a witness at high speed, according to the report.
Like millions of other Americans, I watch the NFL on a regular basis. However, just like millions of other viewers, most Sundays I am not sure which games will be on my television.