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Bengals News (11/12): Raiders aren’t looking past winless Cincinnati

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Despite the Bengals looking for their first win, Jon Gruden says he isn’t taking Cincinnati lightly.

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Quick Hits: Calling All Backers; Wilson Returns With Second Best Ever; Coaches Salute Dalton
The day after the Bengals’ 49-13 loss to the Ravens, head coach Zac Taylor issued an all-points bulletin for his linebackers in the wake of Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson’s perfect passer rating and an option run game that for 5.9 yards per carry.

What Zac Taylor Said About Team Momentum, The Run Game And Injury Updates
“He’s been making progress every week. Really, it’s a shame that he went down because there were really good things he was doing on tape. (Baltimore has a) physical front and physical ends, and the play he got hurt on was really a great block on the back side of a run. He was really making progress, so that was frustrating to see him go down because I felt it was really ‘arrow-up’ with him over these last couple weeks. We’ve seen enough good things from him, and he was playing well in that game.”

Bengals Booth Podcast: Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham recap Week 10 with highlights and interviews.
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham break down the Week 10 game against the Baltimore Ravens with postgame analysis, interviews and highlights.

Mistakes not only thing to look for in evaluating Bengals QB Ryan Finley
With less than eight seconds left on the play clock in the second quarter of Sunday's game against Baltimore, the Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback got out of his stance and yelled out a new play. Finley got the snap in time and had a learning experience a few moments later.

Even with winless Bengals coming to town, Jon Gruden and the Raiders are not taking anybody lightly
The Oakland Raiders didn’t hit the field over the weekend – they handled their business on Thursday night – but for a large chunk of Sunday afternoon, fans of the Silver and Black had their eyes peeled on Music City, where the Tennessee Titans were playing host to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Winless Bengals joining ranks of franchise’s worst teams
A 49-13 drubbing by the Ravens left Cincinnati the only winless team in the NFL. At 0-9, the Bengals are one loss away from matching the worst start and the longest losing streak in franchise history during a single season. They can tie it Sunday at Oakland.

Cincinnati Bengals: Comparing Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa
They each have different leadership styles. Tagovailoa has a calmer demeanor that demands the respect of his opponents and raises the level of play in his teammates. Burrow’s confidence has allowed him to win over a talented locker room and program that has consistently under performed for years and make them National Championship contenders.

Raiders-Bengals odds: Oakland huge favorite vs. Cincinnati in Week 11
The Oakland Raiders (5-4) host the Cincinnati Bengals (0-9) during Week 11's NFL regular season Sunday, Nov. 17th, at 4:25 p.m. ET at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The game can be watched on CBS and the NFL's Redzone. The Raiders enter as a huge favorite, according to odds from BetMGM.

Around the league

Lions explain decision to sit Matthew Stafford Sunday
Stafford spent the week leading up to Sunday's Lions-Bears game as a limited participant in practice and was listed as questionable for the contest with a back injury. It was unexpected, then, when Stafford ended up spending the game on the sideline in a hoodie and sweatpants as an inactive player instead of at least dressing for action.

Injuries: Devonta Freeman (foot) could miss 2 weeks
Falcons running back Devonta Freeman could be out about two weeks with a foot sprain, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed. It's relatively minor, though it's an injury that affects the toe more than the foot, Rapoport added.

Garrett: Cowboys didn't communicate on fair catch
With Austin's Dallas Cowboys trailing the Minnesota Vikings 28-24 with 0:24 left to play and Minnesota's Britton Colquitt back to punt, Austin had a chance to make an impact. It seemed like the ideal situation for him to use his speed to flip the field and put the Cowboys in a position for a realistic shot or two at the end zone, if not just score the go-ahead touchdown himself.

Dwayne Haskins named starter for rest of season
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported last week it was likely Callahan would come to such a decision, but with the relative anonymity afforded by the bye, the Redskins didn't make anything public until Monday's media availability. Callahan added that Case Keenum will serve as Haskins' backup, while Colt McCoy will be the No. 3 quarterback.