Bengals receiver Marvin Jones called Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell "fake tough" Monday for celebrating a hard hit he delivered on Jones in Sunday's game between the AFC North rivals, and then chirping about it in A.J. Green's face moments later.
The NFL announced on Monday the Week 11 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals will move into the Sunday Night Football slot for Nov. 22. The San Diego Chargers-Kansas City Chiefs game originally scheduled for SNF will instead kick off at 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS.
Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther on Monday defended the actions of linebacker Vontaze Burfict, whose hard tackle Sunday in the team's 16-10 win over Pittsburgh left Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell with a knee injury that ended his season.
The second half of the NFL season is upon us, and with it comes some intriguing betting matchups in Week 9. Few people would have expected the Bengals to still be undefeated at the midway point of the season, but they’ve enjoyed a tremendous first half and welcome the Browns to town this week for a Thursday night affair. The Bengals sit as 11.5-point favorites over the Browns; the largest spread in their favor since 2009.
Here is a transcript from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's Monday press conference as he and his teammates look ahead to this Thursday's home game against the Cleveland Browns.
We knew the Denver Broncos defense was good, but they made another big statement with Sunday night’s win, shutting down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Does their defense make the Broncos the biggest threat to the New England Patriots? Dan Koppen isn’t buying it with questions still lingering about Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense.
The Cleveland Browns looked terrifyingly efficient in their first half last week against the Arizona Cardinals before losing their mojo and losing the game. Unfortunately for the Browns, they also lost two key members to their defense: Joe Haden and Donte Whitner. Look for Andy Dalton to go to the air early to spread the defense and allow Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard to find space as a secondary option this week.
Behind Enemy Lines
The Browns' loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday came down to a tale of two halves and a whole lot of numbers.
Alex Mack will not waive his no-trade clause and will finish the season with the Cleveland Browns. Mack released a statement through his representatives Monday night to several reporters, including ESPN's Adam Schefter, in which he said the no-trade clause was "included for a good reason."
The Cleveland Browns will face the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night with a depleted secondary and receiving corps, along with concerns at quarterback. Cornerback Joe Haden and safety Donte Whitner both left Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals with concussions. Neither is expected to play in Cincinnati on Thursday.
With the Pats, Broncos and Bengals all at 7-0, this could turn into one of the most fascinating races for a bye we've ever seen. Gregg Rosenthal hands out his midseason awards.
The San Diego Chargers have been one of the most disappointing teams in the first half of the 2015 season with a 2-6 record, and they could move team leader and defensive stalwart Eric Weddle in an effort to rebuild for the future.
On Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, we'll again experience the least exciting, most boring trade deadline in all of sports -- the NFL trade deadline. It is the one area in which baseball, basketball and hockey decidedly out-excite the NFL. So, in an effort to spruce it up, we're proposing five trades that should, but won't, be made -- although we plead with the involved teams to reconsider.
The undefeated Denver Broncos made their case for being the best team in the NFL on Sunday with a dominant 29-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers, and they added another weapon for Peyton Manning and the passing attack Monday in the form of tight end Vernon Davis.