This season will come down to what all Bengals fans know, and possibly still have nightmares about considering the events of Jan. 9. It will come down to Pittsburgh.
Tom Brady’s suspension for his role in the New England Patriots’ Deflategate scandal officially began on Saturday when NFL rosters were set. Brady will miss the first four games of the regular season and is prohibited from communicating with coaches or visiting Gillette Stadium. But his presence will still be felt at the Pats’ home as the team raised a huge banner this week at Gillette with Brady’s image.
Members of the Cincinnati Bengals addressed some perceptions they've heard or seen about them – and wanted to set the record straight.
Vontaze Burfict was cast into the role of villain following his role in the postseason meltdown and three-game suspension, now his reality of playing in the NFL must change.
It doesn’t take a gambler, or even a rocket scientist, to figure out the Bengals’ opener Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in New York against the Jets. The Bengals are going to have tough sledding at MetLife Stadium trying to run the ball against the Jets’ second-ranked rush defense. And so all eyes are on A.J. Green, the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, and his expected matchup with seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis.
It never used to happen. Before the Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bengals’ Carson Palmer met at Paul Brown Stadium on Nov. 21, 2010, a former Bengals starting quarterback had faced his old team just six times in 42 seasons. One, in fact, took place in the Bengals-Jets series on the road in Jersey when Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason came back to haunt his old mates, 17-12, in 1993.
You can walk into all 32 of the NFL team facilities and somewhere, plastered on a sign in big bold letters, is a list of generic goals that serve as a kind of checklist for the season: Make the playoffs. Win the division. Win the Super Bowl. In my experience, having been around this game and this league for nearly 40 years, every team enters the season believing they are contenders and that all of these goals are attainable. And as a coach, you better believe it because you can be sure the fan base -- and more importantly, the owner -- believe it, and your job depends on it.
Are the New York Jets closing Revis Island? In a tactical departure from previous years, cornerback Darrelle Revis won't be used exclusively on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green on Sunday, according to the Jets.
Five years later, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green can still recall his "Welcome to the NFL" moment vs. Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, whom he'll face again on Sunday when the Bengals and Jets open the season at 1 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium.
AFC North Bytes
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. is ready to embark on what he has said will be his final NFL season, and it doesn’t appear he’ll be changing the way he plays on his way out.
The Browns skip into the Hue Jackson era Sunday with 29 of the team’s 53 players having two years or fewer of NFL experience. Seventeen of them -- about one-third of the entire roster -- are rookies. Twenty-eight of them -- more than half the roster -- were not with the Browns last year.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and starting right guard David DeCastro reportedly have reached a contract extension ahead of the 2016 regular season. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported DeCastro and the Steelers agreed to a six-year extension on Thursday. Dan Graziano of ESPN reported the contract is a five-year, $50 million deal.
Welcome to a new NFL season. Everything you believe about all 32 teams now will be turned upside down before Super Bowl LI. And probably much sooner than that.
Seven months after the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 in decisive fashion, the Carolina Panthers failed to exact revenge. Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field-goal attempt with nine seconds remaining that would have won Thursday night's contest at Sports Authority Field, and the Broncos escaped with a 21-20 victory.
Marshawn Lynch retired at the end of the 2016 season but is reportedly leaving his options open for a comeback.
The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly pledged to donate $1 million to two groups in Northern California that address social inequality, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter.
San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller got booted from a restaurant for an argument over a sandwich hours before he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 70-year-old man and his son at a San Francisco hotel, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is trying to overcome a lingering hamstring injury suffered at practice on Aug. 15 as the 2016 regular season gets set to kick off.