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Will this be the season the Bengals end their playoff win drought or their playoff appearance streak? Hue Jackson believes in his running back. Carson Palmer has no sympathy for Tom Brady.

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Anderson hosts night with Bengals legends

Bengals all-time passing leader Ken Anderson is at it again as he huddles up his teammates and leads them into an evening of reminiscing at the Boathouse on Sept. 25 immediately following the 1 p.m. Bengals-Broncos games at Paul Brown Stadium.

Boomer Esiason: Bengals

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason offered his thoughts on the Bengals season-opener against the Jets. He called it a tough opening game and mentioned not only the weapons on the New York Jets offense but also their stout defensive line.

Bengals Walkthru: Thoughts on Bengals prop bets

Typically, I keep Degenerate Corner where it belongs and feels safe -- buried comfortably at the bottom of the blog. Gamblers prefer to slither in the shadows and out of eye sight for the most part.

Jets vs. Bengals Preview With Rebecca Toback

The Jets open their season Sunday afternoon against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. To help us preview the game, today's episode of the Locked on Jets podcast features Rebecca Toback of Cincy Jungle.

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vinny Rey remembers 9/11: 'The sky was empty'

The New York native was a 14-year-old student when terrorists crashed planes into the Twin Towers. He was a teenager again, in Brooklyn Heights, on the pedestrian walkway called the Promenade, looking across the East River shortly after Sept. 11, 2001 at nothing but air. He remembers the park to play in, the trees over the benches to sit on to look over the financial district.

For openers, Lewis gets them road ready

If anyone knows how to open a season on the road it is Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, who does it for the 11th time in his 14 seasons Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s-Channel 12) against the Jets in New York. Been there done that. No player is left from the 2004 opener in the old Meadowlands where Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer dropped his debut, 31-24. And since this is the seventh straight year they’ve opened on the road, only six Bengals have ever started a season at Paul Brown Stadium.

Notes: All in on Ced; Dunlap salutes MJ; Quez limited; Kroft full; Adam opens up

The Bengals have a new starting right tackle Sunday in New York against the Jets (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) when Cedric Ogbuehi is expected to make his first NFL start in a career offensive line coach Paul Alexander predicts will be “very, very successful.” A new Opening Day tackle is a headline in the world of Alexander and head coach Marvin Lewis. It’s a major, if not underrated reason why the Bengals have had solid quarterback play in Lewis’ tenure.

Owczarski prediction for Bengals' season

I guess I’m going to be “that guy.” In this space a year ago, I confidently predicted the Cincinnati Bengals would win their first playoff game since 1989. We all know what happened against Pittsburgh, but I’ll never be convinced that had Andy Dalton stayed healthy in 2015 this isn’t even a topic of conversation.

Bengals notes: Jets' Fitzpatrick will 'always be thankful' to Lewis

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a breakout season with the Bengals in 2008, so Sunday’s 1 p.m. season opener at MetLife Stadium reunites him with a franchise he remembers well. Fitzpatrick said Wednesday that it wasn’t easy to replace the injured Carson Palmer eight years ago. But he also had a chance to start 12 games on an NFL team.

First Look: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets

The Cincinnati Bengals begin the march toward a sixth consecutive playoff berth in an AFC divisional crossover game against a New York Jets team that won 10 games a year ago but missed the playoffs.

AFC North Bytes

Breshad Perriman Confident In Chemistry With Joe Flacco Heading Into Opener

While just about every player had made his way into the locker room after Wednesday’s practice, wide receiver Breshad Perriman strolled over to the JUGS machine. Perriman spent more than 30 minutes catching passes, putting in extra work ahead of Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Hue Jackson on Isaiah Crowell's goal of 1,000 yards: 'Why not more?'

Isaiah Crowell has a number in mind when it comes to what he wants to accomplish this season. "I want to run for 1,000 yards," Crowell said before practice on Wednesday. "That's my personal goal."

Steelers’ defense counting on improvement

When asked if he was happy with the state of his secondary heading into Monday night’s regular-season opener at Washington, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t pull any punches.

Random Bytes

NFL hasn’t changed its one-helmet rule

The expanded use of the "Color Rush" program in 2016 has sparked plenty of speculation regarding the looks that teams will trot out for Thursday games. The chatter has included the possibility of college-style alternate helmets.

Carson Palmer isn't sympathetic to Tom Brady's deflate-gate plight

You’d think that fellow players would have seen how New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was railroaded by the NFL despite no decent evidence in deflate-gate and worry that could be them. It seemed like the kind of thing that could unite players against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

2016 NFL Predictions

FiveThirtyEight's 2016 NFL forecast uses an Elo-based model to calculate each team's chances of advancing to the playoffs and winning Super Bowl LI.

The good and bad of all 32 NFL starting quarterbacks

How has Jay Cutler fared on third downs? How does Derek Carr handle being blitzed? Mike Sando digs into the numbers to give reasons to be optimistic and pessimistic about every NFL starting QB.

Michelle Beisner-Buck Replacing Rick Reilly on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown

Michelle Beisner-Buck will host feature stories on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown, a role formerly held by Rick Reilly, Beisner-Buck told The Big Lead. Reilly did features on the Monday Night Football pregame since 2013, a pivot from the writing and other television pieces he’d done for ESPN since 2008. An ESPN spokesperson confirmed to The Big Lead that Reilly is no longer with the network.

Ranking all 32 NFL receiving corps

Every team needs playmakers to create big-impact moments, be it catching a 40-yard pass downfield, or taking a quick screen and making three defenders miss. Playmakers at wide receiver and tight end come in different shapes and sizes, with some players capable of out-muscling opposing defenders, and others just too tricky to bring down. Some teams are in better shape than others at both positions, though, with the best teams even having starting-quality players in part-time roles on their depth chart.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: I’m better this year, Jets are more confident

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall isn't seeing eye-to-eye with former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason when it comes to Colin Kaepernick, but he's on the same page with the current leader of the team's offense.

Bosa misses another practice, looks doubtful for opener

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa didn't participate in practice Wednesday because of what appears to be an injury to his left leg. San Diego faces the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and all indications are that Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, won't play.

Colin Kaepernick: False rumors of conversion tied to Islamophobia

Colin Kaepernick knocked down rumors that he has converted to Islam and that his girlfriend, who is Muslim, led him to protest social injustices by refusing to stand for the national anthem. He tweaked presidential candidate Donald Trump in the process.

Drew Brees, Saints Agree to New Contract

Drew Brees has been the face of the New Orleans Saints for a decade and may wind up ending his NFL career in the Big Easy after signing an extension Wednesday in a move reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.