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Bengals News (11/7): Ryan Finley is excited to get his shot

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The rookie quarterback has some complicated feelings about making his first start, but he is as excited as you’d expect anyone to be.

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Cincinnati Bengals saga: 90 minutes after Zac Taylor says A.J. Green will play, he misses practice
“It came after the walkthrough,” Taylor said. “He went and got some treatment. It just didn’t feel great, so we held him out of practice today. Now, we’ll go just by day-by-day. We felt good about the progress he was making. That’s why I said what I said. I didn’t feel like he could practice today. We’ll get through tonight and see where it’s at (Thursday).”

Cincinnati Bengals QB Ryan Finley is nervous but excited for Sunday more than anything
It’s been more than a week since Taylor shook up Cincinnati. Since then, Finley’s had a few practices as the team’s starting quarterback. The rookie conceded to The Enquirer that he’s nervous going into Sunday but declared that his jitters are a positive feeling.

Matchup Of The Game: 'Cat and Mouse Game All Day'
The only guys older than that game on Finley’s starting offense are in front of him in 32-year-old left tackle Andre Smith and 27-year-old center Trey Hopkins. Of the four wide receivers Finley called into work for some overtime on Tuesday’s day off, only Alex Erickson was around back then and he was just three weeks old when David Klingler got the call.

A.J. Green sits out of Wednesday's practice as the Bengals continue to prep for the Ravens.
A.J. Green headed out to Wednesday morning’s walk through expecting to follow it up with his first full practice of the season in the afternoon and then playing in his first game of the season Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) at Paul Brown Stadium against then Ravens.

Zac Taylor and quarterback Ryan Finley answered questions from the media heading into Week 10 against the Baltimore Ravens.
“It’s an exciting week for us. It’s another work week in our normal rhythm. We had the extra practice last week and an extra practice on Monday. The players were off yesterday, so now we’re ready to roll. Again, this will be a good divisional game at home. Our guys are excited. It’s a team we’ve played once before. They’re having a great season right now. They’re doing some good things, so our guys are really excited for the challenge and the great opportunity to start the second half of the season the right way. I saw our guys’ approach today and all of the installs have been good. We had the chance to get out on the field, and I know the weather is turning a little bit. That’s exciting. That’s fun. That’s life in the AFC North.”

It's a trap! Ravens must overcome biggest letdown game in NFL history
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- After toppling the unbeaten New England Patriots, the Baltimore Ravens are looking to overcome the biggest trap game of the Super Bowl era on Sunday when they play at the winless Cincinnati Bengals.

Bengals vs. Ravens live stream info, TV channel: How to watch NFL on TV, stream online
The Baltimore Ravens will be playing 60 minutes on Sunday, but they're expected to have things wrapped up well before that. Baltimore and the Cincinnati Bengals will face off in an AFC North battle at 1 p.m. ET at Paul Brown Stadium. Baltimore is cruising in on a four-game winning streak while Cincinnati is stumbling in off of eight consecutive losses.

Week 10 Preview: Ravens-Bengals
The Bengals rank last in the NFL in total defense and against the run. The Ravens have the league's No. 1 rushing offense and should be able to exploit those weaknesses, Look for running backs Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill to carry more of the load from Lamar Jackson. The Bengals do not have much of a pass rush, so there's no reason for Jackson to be scrambling too much out of the pocket. The Ravens will look to take an early lead and put the Bengals away.

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What to watch for in Chargers-Raiders on Thursday
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Patrick Mahomes a full participant at Chiefs practice
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