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Bengals News (10/15): Cincinnati is keeping pace with Dolphins

The race for the first overall pick could come down to the game between the Dolphins and Bengals in Week 16.

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Taylor: "We have a big week with Jacksonville on the horizon"
“I hope everybody got some rest after that trip yesterday. We have a big week with Jacksonville on the horizon. They’re a physical team. They’re going to present some challenges. Our guys are excited for it. We’ve had good meetings this morning in response to yesterday’s game against Baltimore. Again, it was another frustrating loss. There are certainly things we could have done better to give ourselves a better chance to win. There were some plays we feel like we left on the field on both sides of the ball that would have given us an opportunity (to win), but we didn’t make them and that’s where we’re at right now. Our guys are excited, and they’re encouraged to get back to work and keep finding a way to get that first win so we get some momentum going in our direction.”

Bengals Acquire Johnson, Place Wynn On Reserve/Injured
Wynn, a sixth-year player, appeared in the Bengals’ first two games this season and recorded two tackles. He suffered a concussion in Game 2 vs. San Francisco, and was inactive for Games 3-6.

Bengals Defense Responds, But Jackson Finds A Way
As far as he’s concerned, this thing became a culture war when he asked them to simply keep it a game at halftime. And they did it with gritty a checkerboard of new-look personnel and alignments that gave its offense plenty of chances in a final 44:12 they allowed two field goals during a withering assault of Jackson’s 77 plays.

Bengals Booth Podcast: I Wanna Get Better
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham break down the Week 6 game against the Baltimore Ravens with postgame analysis, interviews and highlights.

Cincinnati Bengals are one of only 2 teams in the NFL without a win this season
"That's when you know this team is still going in the right direction," Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor said. "It is frustrating that this team doesn't have any wins to show for it but if you could be in the locker room with us after a game and see the things that I see and a reason to keep fighting."

Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick reportedly expected to miss a month with knee injury
The eighth-year veteran was carted off the field during Sunday's game and later seen in a knee brace. According to Rapoport, Kirkpatrick is scheduled to see a doctor regarding his knee on Tuesday, but it's apparently already been determined he won't suit up in the coming weeks. His absence marks yet another blow to a Bengals team that's endured hiccup after hiccup during Year One of the Zac Taylor regime, stripping Cincy's defense -- ranked 15th in the NFL in pass coverage -- of one of its most accomplished starters.

Ryan Finley is not the answer to the Cincinnati Bengals offensive problems
If you have watched the Cincinnati Bengals play football this season, one of the first things that most likely stick out to you is how dreadful the offense has been. This has everyone in the organization scrambling as well as Bengals fans asking what is the answer to fix this offense. After all, Zac Taylor came into this season touted as one of the next great offensive guru’s, branching of the highly sought after Sean McVay coaching tree.

Around the league

Eagles release veteran linebacker Zach Brown
Ahead of his eighth season in the pros, Brown was released by the Washington Redskins in March and signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Philly in May. Drafted by Tennessee in the second round of the 2012 draft, Brown has now played for four teams in eight years. He'll likely find a fifth in short order.

Rams CB Aqib Talib headed to IR with rib injury
"What he's meant in terms of his presence and just all the things that Aqib has really brought to this locker room, he means a lot," McVay told reporters about what the team will miss with Talib out. "I've learned a lot from him. I've appreciated the way that he's consistently led, been a great sounding board for a lot of the guys in his understanding of the system that we've been running the last couple of years. I think he's a Hall of Fame player when you look at what he's done over the course of his career."

Bruce Arians not considering benching Jameis Winston
No quarterback has committed more of the latter (87) or thrown more interceptions (68) since Winston entered the league in 2015. After a five-pick fiasco Sunday, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said the performance didn't alter his perception of his QB. He wasn't being facetious, either.

Cardinals' Patrick Peterson returns from suspension
The NFL suspended Peterson six games in May for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. The six-game suspension on a player's first violation stemmed from a positive test plus an attempt to manipulate or mask the result, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported at the time.

Vrabel deciding Monday between Mariota, Tannehill
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Mariota's future is "very much in doubt" with the 2-4 Titans after he was benched Sunday in favor of Tannehill. Mariota was pulled in the third quarter after connecting on just 7 of 18 passes for 63 yards with two interceptions in an eventual loss to the Broncos. After Tannehill finished 13 of 16 for 144 yards and an INT in relief, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft might have lost his job for good.