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Bengals News (12/24): Securing the bottom spot

The Bengals loss to the Browns clinches their spot at the bottom of the AFC North.

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Defense Looking To Solve Division of Labor
Whether head coach Marvin Lewis returns or not in 2019, whoever is in charge of the Bengals defense has to get them back in the game in the division since Lewis has indicated he’s not going to continue to call the defensive plays after this season.

Mixon Boxes Browns For The Distance
If you can’t hang your hat on 2019 on national media reports about head coach Marvin Lewis (which seems to be an odd guessing game of pundits’ Russian Roulette ), then you can certainly hang your hat on Joe Mixon.

Quick Hits: Mixon Grinds For 1,000
But as he did all day, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield tortured them in the middle of the field on the play before the two-minute warning. Rookie safety Jessie Bates jumped it and tried to pick it off and cornerback William Jackson fell as he closed and tight end David Njoku went for 66 yards to end it with the Bengals were out of timeouts.

Browns Hold Off Bengals, 26-18
But it wasn’t enough. The Bengals, out of timeouts, opted to kick off rather than on-side it and on the last play before the two-minute warning tight end David Njoku ran through the middle of the field for a 66-yard catch-and-run to seal the victory when safety Jessie Bates went for the interception in the 26-18 loss.

Baker Mayfield pleads ignorance after appearing to stare down Hue Jackson
CLEVELAND -- Quarterback Baker Mayfield appeared to glare toward former Browns coach Hue Jackson on the sidelines for a fair amount of time late in Cleveland's 26-18 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Bengals' Vontaze Burfict suffers 7th known concussion in NFL
CLEVELAND -- Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict suffered the seventh known concussion of his NFL career against the Browns and was ruled out of the second half of the game.

Steelers-Bengals game time changed
The Steelers-Bengals game on Sunday, December 30 has been changed from a 1 p.m. start to a 4:25 p.m. kickoff, the NFL announced today.

Bengals clinch last-place finish with 26-18 loss to Browns
“It is very frustrating,” said running back Joe Mixon, the team’s only healthy, legitimate offensive threat. “I have never been a part of a losing program. I am never going to get comfortable with being part of it. At the end of the day, I am going to take it for what it is this year, build, and try to get better and get ready for next year. We still have another week coming up. It is a big one. I promise you, we are not going to be in this for long — and that is a fact.”

Stare down: Mayfield throws 3 TD passes, Browns down Bengals
Mayfield threw three touchdown passes to thrill a sellout, holiday-spirited crowd that came out to boo Jackson, and rookie Nick Chubb ran for 112 yard as the Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-18 on Sunday to sweep their southern Ohio neighbors for the first time since 2002.

Vance Joseph expected to emerge as candidate for Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator
If the Denver Broncos part ways with head coach Vance Joseph, he is expected to emerge as a candidate for the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive coordinator job and potentially even their head-coaching job when Marvin Lewis decides he has had enough of coaching, a league source told ESPN.

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