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Bengals News (11/28): Domata Peko pays his respect to Chris Henry with his return to Cininnati

Domata Peko plans to give a nod to one of his former teammates who had his life cut short.

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Game Preview: Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals
Setting the scene: The Cincinnati Bengals this week host the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. On the line for both the Bengals and Broncos is keeping pace with a group of contenders for the second of two AFC Wild Card spots. That group currently is led by two 6-5 teams — the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts. They are followed closely by four 5-6 teams, including the Miami Dolphins, the Tennessee Titans, the Bengals and the Broncos.

Peko's Reunion On River Includes Nod To Henry's No. 15
Since he played 87 games during 11 seasons at Paul Brown Stadium on his way to playing the eighth most games in Bengals history, Broncos nose tackle Domata Peko, the lovable, huggable Samoan who is everyone’s “Uso,” knows downtown Cincinnati like the A Gap.

First Look: My Cause, My Cleats
My Cause My Cleats is an NFL initiative that gives players the opportunity to wear personalized cleats in support of a charitable cause. For the December 2nd home game against the Denver Broncos (tickets available here), numerous Bengals players will be supporting and raising awareness for organizations important to them.

This Day in Bengals History: Bengals Bowl Over Bills in AFC Title Preview
The Bengals roll up their sleeves today at crazed Riverfront Stadium and smash through to the elite when they plow the Bills’ feared No. 1 defense to the tune of 232 rushing yards in a 35-21 victory that drops Buffalo to 11-2 and prevents them from clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. As the sign hanging high in the upper deck suggests (“Boomer Bombs Buffalo, Part 1”), the fans expect the 10-3 Bengals to meet the Bills again in the playoffs and that is most likely in the AFC title game.

Should Hue Jackson have been able to go to Bengals after being fired by Browns?
The decision of former Browns coach Hue Jackson to join the Bengals came after the Browns decided to fire Jackson during the season. And it has sparked a passionate debate in some circles regarding whether Jackson should have been able to jump ship to a rival.

Stephen A. Smith rips Bengals for not firing Marvin Lewis
Coming off a blowout loss to the Cleveland Browns, it seems the seat underneath Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis needs to be heating up, right?

Hue Jackson’s losing has now cursed the Cincinnati Bengals
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Hue Jackson is having an awful time as a coach of an NFL team in the great state of Ohio. Only this time, it’s not the Browns he’s dragged into a nosedive — it’s the Bengals.

Cleveland Browns send Cincinnati Bengals to new layer of rock bottom
In a stadium where cheers for the Browns were often louder than those for the Bengals and trailing by 21 to the team which lived in the AFC North basement for the better part of two decades, the Bengals' first-round pick sailed a snap over the head of the quarterback to get him hurt in a must-win game.

How the Bengals can fix its offense in the NFL Draft
The Bengals 2018 season has been far from ideal as embarrassing losses and terrible injuries have derailed another potential playoff appearance. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green were connecting early and often during victories over the Falcons, Colts, and Ravens, but the pair has since been absent. Andy Dalton suffered a thumb injury and has been placed on Injured Reserve. Green, on the other hand, injured his toe against the Buccaneers and has been inactive ever since. Without them in the lineup, backups like Jeff Driskel, Alex Erickson, and Cody Core have been thrust into the spotlight. However, no position has been decimated by injuries quite like the tight end corps.

Bengals 2019 Mock Draft 1.0: Three rounds worth of plugging holes
If Lewis stays or Hue Jackson takes over as head coach (as expected) then the draft will feature the team looking to plug immediate holes to take one more swing at making the playoffs. But if a new head coach takes over then it may be time to begin rebuilding.

After a surprising start to 2018, Bengals hit with nightmare scenario
It all started in the offseason. The Cincinnati Bengals retained Marvin Lewis. Lewis was made the league’s second-longest tenured head coach. This will be Lewis’ 16th season with the Bengals, starting in 2003.

NFL Week 13 odds: Andy Dalton news swings Bengals vs. Broncos line
Dalton went to injured reserve Monday and since the Bengals haven’t taken the quarterback position seriously in years, Jeff Driskel will get a start in a game where the home team is now an underdog.

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Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Washington claimed Foster off waivers Tuesday after the San Francisco 49ers released him over the weekend. Foster will now wait to see if the NFL suspends him for violating the league's personal conduct policy, according to Schefter.

Report: Lamar Jackson to Start at QB for Ravens in Week 13 vs. Falcons
Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson will get his third consecutive start under center on Sunday in a road matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network (h/t Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk).

Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence on Game Plan vs. Saints: 'Choke They Ass Out'
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence didn't need to break down the X's and O's regarding his team's defensive game plan for Thursday's contest against the New Orleans Saints.

NASA Engineers Mimic 49ers Fortnite TD Celebration After InSight Lands on Mars
On Monday, the InSight lander touched down on Mars, and two NASA engineers busted out a celebration inspired by the popular video game (skip to 1:16 of the video):