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Bengals News (12/10): The Patriot way

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The Patriot filming saga just keeps unfolding as they get set to face the Bengals.

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Quick Hits: Monday QBs; Tate Tough Fate; Ross Urges Green Caution; Bengals-Pats Off To Rollicking Start
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and Brian Callahan, his offensive coordinator, don’t mind the Monday-Saturday morning quarterbacks. They expect it. Callahan even had to pause and think when asked if there is any person in the world second-guessed more than NFL play-caller.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor met with the media to recap Week 14 against the Browns.
“It is. We’ve done a good job executing on some third-and-longs over the course of the year. That’s been an area we’ve actually been OK in. The third-and-two-to-fives are ones you have to convert on, and we didn’t. That was really frustrating.”

Bengals Booth Podcast: Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham recap Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns with highlights and interviews.
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham break down the Week 14 contest against the Cleveland Browns with postgame analysis, interviews and highlights.

2020 NFL draft nuggets, picks and what you need to know for all 32 teams
Cincinnati's anticipation for the 2020 draft started in October, when the Bengals began trending toward the No. 1 overall pick. All of the discussion surrounding the upcoming draft will focus on one position: quarterback. The Bengals will likely be in the market for a young QB to replace veteran Andy Dalton, who will be 32 when next season starts. LSU's Joe Burrow is currently the top-ranked quarterback for ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, with Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert next in line. -- Ben Baby

Patriots say video crew filmed sideline during Bengals-Browns game
The New England Patriots acknowledged that their production crew inappropriately filmed the field and sideline during Sunday's game between the Bengals and Browns in Cleveland and accepted full responsibility in a statement released Monday night.

Patriots: Video crew filmed sideline from press box
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the Patriots' situation, that New England reached out to the Browns for a credential for a videographer to shoot a behind-the-scenes piece on an advance scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

Patriots deny stealing Bengals' signs, say filming was for documentary [Video]
The New England Patriots are denying new reports of spying, this time on the opponents they'll face this Sunday. The Cincinnati Bengals reportedly think the Patriots tried stealing signs after a Patriots production crew was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. But the Patriots say the crew was there for a different reason. Vladimir Duthiers reports.

Patriots recording Bengals: Team denies stealing signs, says it was filming for documentary series "Do Your Job"
The New England Patriots are denying new reports of spying, this time on the opponents they'll face this Sunday. The Cincinnati Bengals reportedly think the Patriots tried stealing signs after a Patriots production crew was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Patriots admit that their video crew 'inappropriately filmed the field' during Bengals game on Sunday
According to a statement from the team, the Patriots sent a three-person video crew to FirstEnergy Stadium to film a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be an advance scout in the NFL. The crew was filming as part of a "Do Your Job" series that the Patriots run on their official website.

Patriots acknowledge breaking NFL rules taping Bengals sideline
In a statement released Monday night, the Patriots indicated that they use an independent production crew for its "Do Your Job" documentary series, and that the video crew "unknowingly violated a league policy by filming the field and sideline from the press box." The Bengals host the Patriots in Week 15.

2020 NFL Draft order: Giants on Bengals' heels; Eagles No. 13
The Week 15 slate brings us a game with major draft-order implications, as the Giants -- currently holding the No. 2 overall pick -- will host the Dolphins (No. 4) on Sunday afternoon. A Miami team that so many expected to be picking first in 2020 could knock itself out of the top five (gasp!) with a win. Or the Giants could create a very interesting race for the No. 2 selection. That's just an appetizer, though.

Cleveland Browns are 'not connected,' Bengals DE Carl Lawson says
“They’re not really a connected team,” said defensive end Carl Lawson, who sacked Baker Mayfield once and tackled ball carriers for two losses. “That’s the only thing I’d say about them. Not connected.”

Patriots release statement on film crew and scout at Bengals game
The New England Patriots on Monday released a statement in response to the NFL's investigation into why a Patriots scout and film crew attended the Cincinnati Bengals' Week 14 game against the Cleveland Browns.

Around the league

What we learned from Eagles' OT win over Giants
"We just stopped being ourselves, man. We were just killing ourselves. The first 12 weeks of the season we've been killing ourselves" Ertz told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo after the game. "We just said at halftime, let's just see how tough we are, not only physically, but mentally especially.

Sherman to miss a few weeks; Richburg out for year
Sherman left late in the Niners victory after pulling up lame following a tackle on Michael Thomas. On the ensuing play, with the star corner exiting, a confused 49ers' secondary left Ted Ginn wide open for a 25-yard gain to help set up a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute.

Rashaad Penny suffers torn ACL, out for season
The injury is significant to both Penny's young career and Seattle's offensive firepower, as the speedy back had blossomed into an excellent complement to the bigger-bodied Chris Carson. In his last two games, Penny had racked up 100-plus total yards, including a 129-yard rushing performance against Philadelphia that featured a decisive 58-yard touchdown run.

Eagles QB Wentz comes alive in 'huge' win over Giants
The offense couldn't move the ball, generating just five first downs and not a single drive over nine plays in seven first-half possessions, which included 3-and-outs on its final three. The defense was getting divebombed by Manning and rookie receiver Darius Slayton, with the duo generating 154 yards and two touchdowns at the break. The Giants were out gaining 226 to 116 in the first two quarters.