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Bengals News (12/26): Draft presents left under the tree

What do Bengals’ fans have to look forward to this offseason?

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Cincinnati Bengals unbothered by No. 1 pick chatter after Week 16 loss to Miami Dolphins
“They are on the outside looking in. If they want us to lose, then they ain’t true fans. We don’t worry about that. Regardless, we are in it for each other. We are going to continue to ride each other, these coaches and everybody in this organization. We can’t be worried about what other people are saying,” Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd said.

NFL mock draft: 2 rounds of Christmas gifts for your favorite team
The Andy Dalton era needs to end, and the Bengals are in the perfect spot to take his successor. After yet another masterful performance in the SEC title game, Burrow should be locked into this spot, even before he takes home the Heisman Trophy and leads the Bayou Bengals into the College Football Playoff.

Officially the worst: Bengals move on to top of the draft
Andy Dalton gets to wrap up his tenure as the Bengals' franchise quarterback on Sunday when Cincinnati (1-14) hosts the Cleveland Browns (6-9). The Bengals are expected to take a quarterback in the draft - they'll get the first shot at Joe Burrow - and give Zac Taylor a chance to mold his offense heading into his second season as head coach.

Browns vs Bengals Spread, Odds, Line, Over/Under, Prop Bets & Betting Insights for Week 17 NFL Game
Cleveland Browns by 1 to 13 Points (+150) – The Cleveland Browns are about to wrap up what will widely be considered a disappointing season, but one last win could definitely be in the cards based on their opponent. The Bengals have been terrible in all three phases of the game this year, but their offense has easily been their biggest issue — especially at home. Cincinnati is averaging just 16.4 points per game (PPG) both at home (No. 29 in the NFL) and on the season as a whole (No. 32 in the NFL). Cleveland's defense should be able to keep Cincy's offense in check and put the team in a position to win. However, it won't be by much, as Cleveland's offense averages just 19.3 PPG on the road (No. 22 in the NFL).

Egger: Rooting for Bengals to lose Sunday felt like bottoming out
Over the last 3 1/2 decades since I decided as a very young boy to pledge my allegiance to the Cincinnati Bengals, I’ve come to realize that being a fan of this franchise comes with just one guarantee. It’s that there’s no such thing as rock bottom.

Around the league

NFL's most disappointing team in 2019? Browns, Rams, Chargers flopped
Christmas is here! But not everyone's feeling the holiday cheer. Some NFL organizations sit here in the final week of the regular season, feeling like the entire 2019 campaign has been a big, fat lump of coal in the stocking. This raises one obvious question ...

NFL 2010s All-Decade Team: Tom Brady, J.J. Watt earn spots
The NFL's 100th season also puts a bow on the league's 10th decade, advancing an evolution of the sport commonly traced to the iconic 1958 Championship Game, which captured the nation's attention at the dawn of the television age. By the beginnings of the Super Bowl era and the 1970 AFL/NFL merger, pro football had unseated baseball as America's most popular pastime. The NFL's smashmouth clashes of the 1970s gave way to the more visually appealing West Coast offenses of the 1980s and 1990s, setting the stage for the 21st century's passing revolutions that spawned the proliferation of spread attacks and the rise of the swashbuckling dual-threat quarterback.

RB Index, Week 17: All in on Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch reunion
This signing makes complete sense, considering the Seahawks needed a running back bad. Like real bad. They lost three RBs to major injury within the last month -- Rashaad Penny (knee), Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) -- and heading into the postseason without an established backfield threat isn't an option for a team that relies so heavily on the ground attack. When Lynch takes the field Sunday evening against the San Francisco 49ers, it will have been 1,505 days since he last played in a game with the Seahawks. The Emerald City reunion comes after Lynch's initial 2016 retirement and then two seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2017-18).

Robert Griffin III on starting: It's about the team not me
Ironically the last time RG3 started was against the Steelers this 2016 season finle when he was with the Cleveland Browns. He finished that game with 29 of 40 attempts for 232 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked four times and fumbled twice and lost one. Baltimore fans hope this weekend's outcome will be different from that time, and RG3 helps the Ravens finish out the season with their 12th consecutive win.