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Bengals News (12/25): Getting in the spirit

NFL players and teams across the leagues have been spreading the holiday cheer this season.

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Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd both eyeing 1,000 yards on season
The running back’s illness helped the Dolphins contain him. His 50 yards rushing were his fewest since Week 13. Miami’s game plan was to take the Bengals running back out of the game. It didn’t help matters that Mixon was sick.

Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor: I know the city wants us to beat Cleveland
If the Cincinnati Bengals want to finish the season on a high note, the Cleveland Browns are the quintessential opponent. The Browns are the Bengals’ chief rival. Cincinnati hasn’t defeat its in-state rival since Nov. 26, 2017.

Eifert Savors Health, Eyes Encore
And you can’t blame the man. There are two practices left. When he plays in Sunday’s season finale (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) against the Browns at Paul Brown Stadium, it marks the first time in his seven NFL seasons that he’s played all 16 games and just the second time he’s made it to the finale.

The Bengals waived LB Sharif Finch (failed physical).
Finch, a second-year player, had been acquired on waivers from the Tennessee Titans yesterday.

Game Preview: Browns at Bengals in Week 17
Miami maintained a comfortable lead for much of the game, but Cincinnati stormed back for what will go down as one of the most dramatic comebacks in NFL history. The Bengals trailed by 23 points midway through the fourth quarter, before what seemed like an insignificant TD pass from QB Andy Dalton to TE C.J. Uzomah cut the Dolphins’ lead to 16 with 6:15 to play.

Taylor Made Takes: Head Coach Zac Taylor looks ahead to the 2019 regular season finale.’s Geoff Hobson sat down with head coach Zac Taylor this week to discuss how time management helped get last Sunday’s game into overtime and how early-season lessons convinced them to stay with the run. And the only No. 1 pick Taylor would discuss is Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

NFL mock draft: 3 round Bengals draft after securing 1st overall pick
While a bit early, a mock does a few things. One — it nets the Bengals a can’t-miss prospect at No. 1. Two — it gives a better idea of where the team might look at the top of the second rounds and beyond. Here’s a first pass.

Bengals continue to languish as unanimous No. 32 team in AP Pro32 poll
With little to play for in the regular-season finale against rival Pittsburgh, Ravens coach John Harbaugh will rest key players including Jackson and injured running back Mark Ingram.

Bengals: Fred Johnson’s ascent is another sign Cordy Glenn is gone
Over the weekend though, Johnson became a bigger part of the plan than anticipated by soaking up nearly 70 percent of the snaps during the loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Around the league

NFL players share the holiday spirit
Rams LT Andrew Whitworth funded a STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Lab at 112th Street Elementary in Watts, CA. Whitworth visited the school last February for "Read Across America" and told the students he would return with something great for them. Commitment fulfilled.

Marshawn Lynch returns: 'A great feeling to be back'
Lynch spoke to reporters following Tuesday's practice session and had a short response when asked what brought him back to Seattle: "Happy holidays. Merry New Year. Y'all have a great day. It's a great feeling to be back. Thank you."

NFL players, clubs celebrate Christmas on social media
Teams and players from around the NFL were in the holiday spirit on Wednesday. Check out our roundup of some of the best social media posts celebrating Christmas.

Perry Fewell to interview for Panthers' permanent job
The interview will likely come after this week is finished and marks the latest step in a tumultuous season in Carolina that saw Ron Rivera fired in early December after eight-plus seasons. Fewell, then the defensive backs coach for the Panthers, was promoted to interim head coach following Rivera's firing.