Andy Dalton is a good quarterback. The only exception is when he’s a bad quarterback. He does certain things exceptionally well, like find A.J. Green 40 yards down field, and other things mind-bogglingly poorly, like overthrowing Brandon LaFell when he’s 9 yards away.
Pretty straight forward for Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 19) at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals’ best defensive player vs. the Eagles’ best offensive player. There is always so much buzz and clicks and posts about Burfict that you can forget he’s a heck of a football player and as well as Public Enemy No. 1. The focus is on the baggage and, sometimes, the flight gets lost.
Yes, A.J. Green can still move. And bend his knees. Green, the Bengals’ resident Superman, emerged Wednesday in Clark Kent vestments to take part in rehab on another field as his teammates went through their first full-scale practice of the week in preparation for Sunday’ game at Paul Brown Stadium (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 19) against the Eagles.
In our preparation for the Eagles this week, we’ve really got to have a great focus on detail. Offensively, they’re playing with the young quarterback, who’s done a good job this year, particularly early in the season, with protecting the football. He got off to a really good start, as their season started off 3-0. But he’s done a nice job. He’s got great presence in the pocket. He’s made some plays, particularly the last two games, moving in the pocket.
The Bengals and United Way of Greater Cincinnati visited Riverview East Academy to launch Character Playbook, a new online course focused on helping students develop character and engage in healthy relationships.
The Cincinnati Bengals haven't won a game since Oct. 23 and have lost three straight, and not coincidentally quarterback Andy Dalton has struggled over the last month. Through the first seven weeks of the year, the quarterback kept the Bengals afloat with some of his best football. The team was 3-4, but the quarterback was completing nearly 68 percent of his passes for a 100.7 rating and had thrown eight touchdowns against just two interceptions.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Rex Burkhead has been Jack Hoffman's biggest fan for years. So when the NFL rolled out its "My Cause, My Cleats" initiative, which will allow players to wear cleats to raise awareness for a specific cause or charity this week, Burkhead's was an easy call.
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he offered some encouragement to Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson after Cleveland dropped its 12th game of the season. Jackson, the Bengals former offensive coordinator, was emotional after Cleveland lost to the New York Giants 27-13.
AFC North Bytes
Not many people know this, but AFC special teams player of the week awards actually smell like updog. (Waits for you to say, “What’s updog?”) Not much, what’s up with you? Also, Justin Tucker won that award this week.
To think the Cleveland Browns are not burdened by their past would be ignoring reality. The team's massive struggles since 1999 magnify its present struggles and eliminate any shred of patience. It's understandable for fans to lose faith after seeing little but schlock for 17 years, and it's frustrating for the team, which isn't trying to lose.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell have been fined by the NFL for their touchdown celebration against the Indianapolis Colts on Thanksgiving, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday. The cost of the fines has not been disclosed.
Vikings cornerback Terence Newman is a step slower, so he tries to outsmart opponents to stay on top of his game. Terence Newman usually views film of the Vikings’ next opponent at the island in his kitchen, but on this night, three days before Minnesota hosts the Arizona Cardinals, he has relocated to a more comfortable spot. Lounging in an oversize leather chair, his legs dangling over the edge, Newman cradled a team-issued digital tablet containing hours of video clips.
The NFL's presence in London is set to expand again next year. For the first time, the league will play four games in London in 2017, London-based radio presenter Will Gavin reports.
Everything changed the moment Cadillac Williams became my teammate. For starters, Jon Gruden's offense became a lot more competitive. Receivers and tight ends knew that if they didn't produce when their numbers were called, those touches were going to Cadillac on the next drive.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is set to undergo eye surgery Wednesday night, which could force him to miss Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.