Here are five things to watch, consider and take note about for Sunday's Bengals game at the New York Jets, which will kick off at 1 p.m. in MetLife Stadium and can be seen on Local12, and my prediction at the bottom
engals management and fans need to ask themselves if they are satisfied with being a Wild Card team. If so, there’s no reason to fire Marvin Lewis. But if they want playoff victories it may be time to move on and bring in a new voice.
Andrew Whitworth, with an attention for detail that only a football coach love and an architect could produce, dropped his cell phone to his waist and started clicking away. In the Pro Bowl left tackle’s frame were a bouquet of flowers wrapped in Bengals orange and black on a slice of the engraved names while in the background the Freedom Tower soared into the September 11 blue and white sky.
The way last season ended and the way this one begins Sunday in New York (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) against a 10-win Jets team on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 makes it one of the more intense Bengals openers in years. The Bengals.com Media Roundtable reflects the coin-flip aspect of it all and is split down the middle on an intriguing game that features Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick making his third start against the team that gave him his start and Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis dueling among their 12 Pro Bowls.
AFC North Bytes
We made it. Week 1 is upon us. Buffalo Bills‘ quarterback Tyrod Taylor, defensive backs coach Ed Reed, safety Corey Graham and head coach Rex Ryan are all making a return to Baltimore on Sunday — all sporting the Buffalo Bills’ logo.
The Robert Griffin III reclamation project officially launches Sunday in Philadelphia. RGIII begins the season in Cleveland after three years of injury, poor play and benchings in Washington. With the Browns in full-on rebuild mode -- shedding players for draft picks seemingly by the week -- the expectation is that Griffin is keeping the spot warm for a future high draft pick.
Here is the current injury report for the Steelers' Week 1 game at Washington.
San Francisco 49ers right guard Anthony Davis returned to the NFL this summer following an extended hiatus that started in June 2015, but he's reportedly considering retirement again just before the team's 2016 regular season gets underway Monday.
Barring a setback in pregame warm-ups, Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White is expected to make his NFL regular-season debut Sunday, league sources told ESPN.com. White was listed as questionable on Chicago's official injury report with a sore hamstring.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin revealed the Seahawks' plans to make a public statement before Sunday's season-opening game against the Miami Dolphins. Baldwin posted a video on Twitter on Saturday
For the first time since 2001, Tom Brady will not begin the NFL season under center for the New England Patriots. He will instead begin serving a four-game suspension when the team opens its 2016 campaign against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.
I have no interest in football whatsoever, so when my uncle, Peter King, asked me to drive the van for The MMQB’s training camp tour this summer, you might say I was already running on empty. Then I actually ran out of gas at 1 a.m. on the highway. Here are my travel recollections