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Bengals News (11/26): Evaluation over

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With Andy Dalton returning as the starting quarterback, it is safe to say Ryan Finley didn’t seize the dey.

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Bengals starting Andy Dalton vs. Jets ‘in the best interest of the football team’
Taylor announced that the Bengals are pivoting back to veteran Andy Dalton at quarterback. Dalton will start Sunday versus the New York Jets. The revised plan is for Dalton to start the remainder of the year.

Zac Taylor turns to veteran Andy Dalton to lead the Bengals at quarterback.
After sleeping on the 16-10 loss to the Steelers, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor decided his team needed a win more than another Sunday evaluating rookie quarterback Ryan Finley. Taylor announced Monday that Andy Dalton is again his starter for what he hopes are the last five games of the season beginning against the Jets at Paul Brown Stadium this Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) and the NFL’s No. 8 defense.

Head coach Zac Taylor met with the media to discuss the quarterback switch back to Andy Dalton.
“Just quickly, on the injury front, Alex Redmond tore his bicep yesterday in pregame warmups, so he was out for the game. He did that in warmups, and he’s out for the remainder of the season. Cethan Carter had a concussion, so he’ll go through the protocol this week. It’s what we went through last week with Auden Tate. We’ll see where he’s at, day-to-day. If he can clear that protocol, we’ll see how that goes. Those are the two major (injuries) that came up during the game. There was some other minor stuff that occurred. We’ll limit some guys through the week, but for the most part, those are the two major ones.

Bengals going back to Andy Dalton at quarterback in Week 13 versus the New York Jets
With Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams lining up the NFL’s intricate No.8 defense Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium and Bill Belichick hauling in the Patriots’ No. 2 defense in here two weeks later with a game in Cleveland against the Browns No. 15 defense, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor went back to Andy Dalton as his starting quarterback.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham recap Week 12 with highlights and interviews.
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham break down the Week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with postgame analysis, interviews and highlights.

With Ryan Finley trial over, it's clear Bengals will look for QB in 2020
On Monday, Taylor said Dalton gives the 0-11 Bengals the best chance to pick up their first win of 2019. That might be true. But it also signals that barring something unforeseen, the Bengals likely will use a first-round pick on a quarterback in the 2020 draft.

Bengals starting Andy Dalton at QB against Jets
In three starts, the rookie quarterback completed 47.1 percent of 87 pass attempts for 474 yards, 5.4 yards per attempt, with two touchdowns, two interceptions and 11 sacks, lost three fumbles and did not throw for 200 yards in any game. Lacking ideal arm strength, Finley struggled to move the ball consistently in Taylor's offense, averaging 11.0 points per game in the three contests with the rookie. Finley's 62.1 passer rating is 17.1 points lower than Dalton's 79.2 passer rating this season.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Bengals lost 16-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium to fall to 0-11 and set a record for the worst start in franchise history. The 1993 Bengals went 0-10 before winning their first game. The Bengals have lost 13 straight games dating back to last season, also the worst in franchise history.

Cordy Glenn speaks out after making his unexpected Bengals return
After all the drama, Glenn was out there for every notable snap and then took another step in the unexpected department by making himself available to media after the game.

Around the league

Ramsey goes after Marcus Peters after Ravens' win
Peters might not have an ax to grind with his former teammates in L.A., but could with the newcomer who almost immediately replaced him and was the reason Peters had to move across the country in the middle of the regular season. After intercepting Goff, Peters was caught by ESPN cameras shouting "Jalen!" toward the Rams' defense and sticking his tongue out, taunting cornerback Jalen Ramsey, whom the Rams acquired just hours after sending Peters to Baltimore in a stunning deal.

Robbie Gould 'real close' to returning in Week 13
That national stage also brought him some pain. After drilling his first three field goals, including one to send the game to overtime, McLaughlin missed his final attempt of the night in the extra period. The Seattle Seahawks made their attempt later to win 27-24.

Aaron Jones: Good teams don't lose two in a row
In college football, sometimes they refer to such a weekend as "Separation Saturday," but the NFL's separation -- however minor it may be -- started Thursday, when the Houston Texans outlasted the Indianapolis Colts to take a one-game lead in the AFC South and split their season series. We saw more separation Monday night when the Ravens, a favorite to win the AFC, destroyed the defending NFC champion Rams.

What we learned from Ravens' victory over Rams
Lamar Jackson is untouchable. The marvelous Ravens renegade ramshackled Los Angeles' defense (ranked fifth in stopping the run entering Week 12) from the opening snap on Monday night. Led by Jackson and a shot-out-of-a-cannon ground game paced by a mauling Mark Ingram (111 yards), Baltimore opened the proceedings with six straight runs down the throat of Aaron Donald's Rams and never let up. The Ravens broke off six touchdown drives on their first six possessions against L.A., becoming the first team to do so since the 2008 Saints. Five of the touchdowns came via Jackson's arm, the five scores accounting for one-third of his 15 completions; by the time he threw his last TD of the night, Jackson had tossed nine TDs in his last 44 attempts. Lamar finished Monday night with 169 passing yards, 95 rushing yards and (likely) zero detractors.