The Cincinnati Bengals Cedric Peerman is a kickoff wrecking ball and coverage extraordinaire. Celebrating touchdowns and big returns on special teams is easy because of how visible they are. More difficult is seeing how a coverage unit works together to snuff out returns most of the time.
"Twenty-one points in the third," George Iloka said. "Honestly I really don't remember how they scored 21 points in the third quarter. It's all a blur to me right now. Obviously we didn't come out … I don't know. I can't tell you. I really don't know. It's a little bit of everything. I don't know how to discuss it. We'll watch the film and say."
The Pittsburgh Steelers emerge from their bye week just two games back in the AFC North, thanks to back-to-back losses by the previously unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals. Currently standing as the fifth seed in the conference, can Ben Roethlisberger and company make a run at the divisional crown?
The Cincinnati Bengals return to their familiar Sunday afternoon time slot after playing three consecutive primetime games on Thursday, Monday and then Sunday night. Last weekend, the Bengals fell to the Arizona Cardinals 34-31 on a last-second field goal after rallying from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to lose on Sunday night.
It's often easy to point out a quarterback's individual successes and failures instead of highlighting what those around him are doing to contribute to his play. But the simple fact is, when a signal-caller is doing well, it's because others on his offense are doing so, too. The same can be said when he's doing poorly.
For as many strides as Andy Dalton has made in displaying consistently strong play this season, there still is one area where he has struggled. The numbers show the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback still doesn't handle pressure from opposing pass-rushers very well.
The Bengals got home shortly before sunrise and watched a little video of their latest loss, one that reminded them they're missing more than just sleep. The best start in franchise history has been followed by back-to-back losses that loosened their hold on the AFC North and left them at one of those turning points that come each season.
Behind Enemy Lines
Whether it's an outright accusation or a not-so-subtle insinuation, it's become a weekly occurrence for the St. Louis Rams' latest opponent to make reference to their "dirty" approach to the game.
After setting the NFL on fire with four performances that yielded over 120 rushing yards in his first four starts, St. Louis Rams rookie star Todd Gurley is in need of a "bounce-back" game, which couldn’t come at a better time for this team.
From Ben Roethlisberger to Sam Bradford and Peyton Manning to Joe Flacco, there have been numerous quarterback injuries this season. That got us wondering: what would happened if a team lost its quarterbacks on game day and had to turn to a position player? NFL Nation reporters look ahead to what Wednesday, breaking down the emergency signal-callers for every team.
The Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday that Josh McCown will get the start under center when they take on the division-rival Baltimore Ravens on Monday. Austin Davis will now serve as the team's No. 2 quarterback ahead of Johnny Manziel, who had started the team's previous two games.
But after being punished by the NFL for wearing purple shoes to promote domestic violence awareness, Steelers cornerback William Gay says there has to be a way for the league to work with players on causes like this one.
The Broncos announced Tuesday that Manning is expected to miss at least the next two weeks after Monday's consultation with foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. Manning will spend at least the next week in a walking boot. Once he sheds the boot, he will begin rehabilitation for the plantar fascia tear in his foot.
The Dolphins fell to 4-6 against the Cowboys in Week 11 and they held a meeting on Monday to discuss the mistakes that contributed to the 24-14 loss. Coach Dan Campbell said the idea wasn’t to call out players for their errors, but to have them "take ownership" of them and called that accountability a "step in the right direction."
The men in stripes stole the spotlight on Monday Night Football. But the Patriots still held on to the top spot in our power rankings