COVINGTON, Kentucky – On a snowy day in northern Kentucky, A.J. Green smiled at Marvin Lewis’ forecast of a partly sunny Sunday where the Cincinnati Bengals’ All-Pro wide receiver would be back on the turf at Paul Brown Stadium.
Terrelle Pryor has been a revelation as Cleveland's top WR this season, but he has clearly irked some opponents -- and his own coaches -- at times. Browns coach Hue Jackson and Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther have had enough -- of the on-field talk that led to the issue, and of Jones' postgame rant.
The Steelers-Bengals matchup in Week 2 was a tame affair, but will the presence of LB Vontaze Burfict, who missed the first game, change things?
A day after delivering on the field, the Cincinnati Bengals delivered Christmas cheer for several children in the Queen City.
When the schedule for the 2016 season was released, a look at the Steelers schedule showed that they would get their first chance to face Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict since last year's playoffs in Week 15.
After watching Mike Nugent compile an extra-point percentage that matched his field-goal percentage this season, the Bengals released their third-leading scorer of all-time on Tuesday and replaced him with veteran Randy Bullock. The Bengals hope Bullock kicks as well against the Steelers Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) as he did for the Steelers in his only game with Pittsburgh back on Dec. 4.
I knew Jeremy Hill would have a good game this week, but I had some concerns about Tyreek Hill now that Jeremy Maclin is back in the mix. [Tyreek] Hill put those concerns to rest as he continued to show he will find ways to score on offense, or on special teams. Injuries once again wreaked havoc on the NFL, as Melvin Gordon, Matt Forte, and Ryan Tannehill suffered injuries that will leave their owners scrambling to the waiver wire when it opens. Tannehill might have torn his ACL, putting him out for the rest of the year; Gordon suffered unspecified knee and hip injuries, leaving him questionable at best for Week 15; Forte suffered a knee injury early in the game, and never returned. With the Chargers and Jets out of the playoff hunt, it makes no real sense for them to risk further injury to either player. Owners need to keep a close eye on both players throughout the week.
The Cincinnati Bengals (5-7-1) beat the Cleveland Browns 23-10 on Sunday to put together their first winning streak in a calendar year. The Bengals rushed for over 100 yards as a team for the first time since Oct. 30. The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Buffalo Bills 27-20 on Sunday to win their fourth straight game.
Entering the season, one look at the Bengals receiving corps created an instant cause for concern. After A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell, a cast of rookies and unprovens littered the room. Beyond the top two, the rest of the receivers combined for five career receptions.
The Cincinnati Bengals might be one of the most patient teams in the league when it comes to personnel changes, but in the end, they'd had enough. The Bengals released longtime kicker Mike Nugent on Tuesday in favor of Randy Bullock, putting an end to a painful seven-game stretch where he missed six PAT attempts and four field goals. They made the right decision.
With fan voting for the 2016 Pro Bowl ending on Tuesday, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther made his pitch for one of his players: Vontaze Burfict. "You tell me what linebacker is playing at a higher level right now in the NFL," he said. "There is none."
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President-elect Donald Trump met Tuesday with former football superstars Jim Brown and Ray Lewis to talk about curbing gang violence. "We couldn't have had a better meeting," Brown said.
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict told Antonio Brown in person that he did not intentionally try to hurt the Steelers wide receiver with a concussion-inducing helmet shot in the playoffs. Brown told ESPN on Tuesday that Burfict apologized when they crossed paths in Miami during the offseason.
The Baltimore Ravens have waived return specialist Devin Hester, the team announced Tuesday. Hester, 34, has worked as a receiver at times throughout his career but has seen action exclusively on special teams for Baltimore in 2016. In 12 games, he has totaled 180 punt return yards with an average of 7.2 yards per return to go with 466 kickoff return yards at 24.5 per attempt.
Richard Sherman ripped the NFL for its Thursday games, saying the Seahawks are "the last ones to get the middle finger." "Poopfest. It's terrible," Sherman said. "We got home like 1 o'clock in the morning, something like that on Monday and then you've got to play again. Congratulations, NFL, you did it again. But they've been doing it all season, so I guess we're the last ones to get the middle finger."
Rod Tidwell took a nasty hit only to bounce back up and deliver an unforgettable touchdown celebration. But 20 years later, that sort of thing still wouldn't fly in the NFL. Here's why.
Want to work for Bill Belichick? Here's what it takes, according to several current and former New England Patriots coaching assistants.
Several NFL rookies this year have been absolute factors in their teams winning games at various points in the season. At times, we set the bar too high for rookie contributors, but when fans see first-year players making an impact, they want in.
Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times reports that “those close” to ESPN analyst Jon Gruden “indicated he would listen” to a pitch from the Rams regarding their head-coaching job. Farmer mentions that Gruden may finally be ready to return to coaching after seven years in the booth calling Monday night football games. Gruden previously worked with Kevin Demoff, while they were with the Buccaneers several years ago.