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Bengals News (10/29): How Cincinnati looks halfway through the season

What are some of the biggest plays and best numbers from the Bengals 2019 season so far.

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Doc’s Morning Line: Better not trade anyone off this juggernaut Cincinnati Bengals roster
THIS WEEK, THE BENGALS PLAY BYE. Early Vegas line has them three-point underdogs. I think if they play hard with good energy, that at times they can be definitely in the game. I’m taking the Bengals and the points to overcome Bye for their first win.

Numbers Game At The Break: Boyd Eyes Exclusive Century Club
102 _ Wide receiver Tyler Boyd’s projected catches, second behind only T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s 112 in 2007 and only the third Bengal to hit 100. Carl Pickens had 100 in 1996.

Top 10 Bengals plays at midway point of 2019
See the Cincinnati Bengals' top 10 plays through the first eight weeks of the 2019 NFL season.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham recap Week 8 with highlights and interviews.
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham break down the Week 8 game against the Los Angeles Rams with postgame analysis, interviews and highlights.

Bengals can’t ignore value if Saints, Eagles make A.J. Green offers
Truthfully, the stance isn’t too terrible if valuable offers aren’t coming in over the phones. Teams are likely lowballing a Cincinnati front office that usually does the same, meaning the return for a Geno Atkins or Carlos Dunlap doesn’t make a ton of sense.

0-8 Bengals are a disaster. Is Zac Taylor best they could do?
He’s 0-8 after another loss, one in which Cincinnati surrendered 470 yards, a franchise-record fourth straight game an opponent has topped 450. It’s painfully obvious he isn't ready to be a head coach. Overseeing Ryan Tannehill’s “development” in Miami and a season as Rams offensive assistant -– but not calling plays -– aren't the greatest bullet points for a resume. Who knew?

Around the League

Tom Brady downplays speculation about his future
"None of it is brought on by the things that I have said," Brady said, via NBC Sports Boston. "Again, I said last week nothing has changed with my status of my team and my standing. I have really been focused on my job. A lot of the hype, a lot of the media speculation is just that.

Brian Flores 'not going to second-guess' all-out blitz
Coach Brian Flores' team sent everyone but three defensive backs who were man-to-man against three Steelers receivers. Diontae Johnson took Rudolph's easy hot read to the house 45 yards scampering through wide-open grass like a thoroughbred on a late-night jaunt in a pasture. Pittsburgh closed a woeful half down just 14-10 portending the onslaught that was to come in the final two quarters of the 27-14 tilt.

Steelers RB James Conner suffers shoulder injury
Conner's exit was an unfortunate conclusion to what was an otherwise sterling evening for the third-year back. Conner rushed for 145 yards (one short of his career high) and a score on 23 carries (6.3 YPC) in his first 100-yard day or night on the ground this season and his first since Week 9 of 2018.

Willie Snead to sign 1-year extension with Ravens
The 2020 season will be Snead's third with the franchise since signing as a free agent in 2018. Through his seven appearances (five starts) in 2019, Snead has totaled 15 catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

Redskins now open to trading tackle Trent Williams
Per Rapoport, Washington has begun the process of looking at potential suitors, but it's unclear how high the team will set the asking price. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Washington is telling teams it has a second-round pick on the table, meaning the 'Skins are likely holding out for a first-round offer.