The Bengals and Broncos don’t want to stop meeting like this. Every time they’ve rendezvoused in the past five years there have been steamy sub-plots (top five draft picks, injured QBs, home openers) and dramatic fourth quarters that have had wide-ranging implications in the balance of power in the AFC.
A player never forgets the first time facing a superstar of the league. On Sunday, Bengals tackle Cedric Ogbuehi gets his moment against Von Miller.
The Bengals (1-1) host the Broncos (2-0) at 1 p.m. on Sunday on CBS. Here are the three keys as well as predictions from the Enquirer Bengals beat writers.
Bengals linebacker Karlos Dansby is making his Beyond the Stripes debut Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Hofbräuhaus Newport. He'll be joined by Xavier head basketball coach Chris Mack, along with our panel made up of Paul Dehner Jr., Jim Owczarski, Lindsay Patterson and Paul Daugherty.
Broncos won game in Denver last season when QB AJ McCarron — filling in for injured Andy Dalton — fumbled snap in OT. Dalton has returned from broken thumb. ... Broncos trying to open 3-0 for third time in last four seasons. They have NFL-best record in September over last three seasons (11-1).
Now that we’ve had a few days to cool down from #KneeGate and #BadRefereeGate, we can shift our attention to the Cincinnati Bengals’ matchup with the 2-0 Denver Broncos. Even though that Manning guy isn’t under center anymore, the Broncos are in a familiar spot – atop the AFC West with a dominating D headed by Von Miller and his NFL-leading 4 sacks.
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The Baltimore Ravens showed once again why they are the most persistent team in the league when it comes to special teams. Lawrence Guy’s blocked extra point last Sunday in Cleveland -- which led to Tavon Young’s return for two points -- became the turning point in the Ravens' comeback victory and it extended Baltimore's domination in that area. Since 2014, the Ravens have blocked nine kicks, which is two more than any other team in the NFL.
Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden is nursing a groin injury that could prevent him from suiting up on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins
When I think about my childhood, one thing comes to mind: Love. We didn’t have much money, but we had love in our house. The neighborhood where I grew up in Detroit was pretty rough. Our house was tiny. Man, everybody’s house was tiny. In the kitchen, there was no space to move. I look back on it now and I realize how tight the conditions were. But when you’re a kid, you don’t think anything of it. I’d say it was crude but effective.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins suffered a setback with his injured foot Friday. However, it appears he expects to play against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3.
Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has told people in and around the organization he believes he can be ready to play when he’s eligible to come off injured reserve in eight weeks, people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
While the New York Giants and their star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. have their hands full this Sunday with Josh Norman and the Washington Redskins, Beckham isn't letting the highly-touted matchup get in the way of his mission to help the people of southeastern Louisiana get back on their feet.
The Olympics are long gone, a symbol of a summer that has faded into the forgotten rearview as we fix our eyes on a fall of football. Usain Bolt, on the other hand, continues to outlast our short memories. The legendary Jamaican track star, who won three golds for the third straight Olympics in Rio, is soon to retire from international competitions and may be looking for new athletic ventures. Apparently, NFL teams are interested in his services.
Colin Kaepernick joined a high school football team in its protest Friday night in Oakland, California, where numerous players were photographed lying on their backs with their hands raised while the San Francisco 49ers quarterback kneeled during the pregame playing of the national anthem.