Lou Crew Puts Bengals Defense On Offensive
They were not only ranked No. 4 in allowing 233 yards in Sunday’s opener, but after two seasons of being on the field more than any defense with more than 2,100 snaps, they took just 49 in the 21-20 loss in Seattle. That was only behind the 47 the Ravens played in the blowout of Miami. The defense that last year gave up more than 300 yards in the first half of losses to Kansas City and New Orleans before allowing their most rushing in 17 years to the Ravens’ 267, stoned Seattle’s defending NFL rushing champions on 2.9 yards per carry Sunday while holding the third-down machine of Russell Wilson-to-Tyler Lockett to 33 percent on the big down.
Zac Taylor Evaluates The Bengals After Week 1
“Sam’s ‘breakout game,’ if you want to call it that, is one of the least-surprising things that I’ve ever seen. He’s been consistent day to day. He’s exactly the type of player you love to coach and you love to be around. You’re combining talent with a relentless effort, and that usually pays off. Some of the (defensive) fronts we presented yesterday put (our linemen) in some good one-on-one situations in the pass rush, and they were sound fundamentally in the run game. Sam just capitalized on a lot of the opportunities. Like I said, it’s not surprising at all to see Sam have a game like that.”
Bengals Booth Podcast: Roller Coaster
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham recap the week one game against the Seattle Seahawks. Fans can listen to highlights, locker room interviews and analysis.
Focus on Cincinnati: Can 49ers handle 'new' Bengals?
Energized by young (36 years old) and innovative head coach Zac Taylor, who was on Sean McVay’s Rams staff the past two years, the surprising Bengals nearly upset the Seahawks in Seattle, ultimately falling 21-20. They’ve got a new-found passing attack, engineered by first-year offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, the former De La Salle High quarterback and Raiders assistant. Plus, they showed a surprisingly effective defense against Seattle, so it won’t be easy for the 49ers to go 2-0 for the first time in seven years.
Notable lessons learned from Bengals’ Week 1 loss
That’s being a little simplistic. The post-Marvin Lewis offense ran new concepts that went back to key playmakers who wouldn’t have had a chance in past years. And the defense shifted players to new roles and didn’t look familiar often.
Cincinnati Bengals: Sam Hubbard dominant in season opener
Hubbard did everything he could to help his team be successful, finishing with 10 tackles, two sacks for 16 yards, four quarterback hits and two tackles for loss, but the Bengals fell short, 21-10, in their opener against a traditionally strong Seahawks team.
Tevin Coleman injury: 49ers running back expected to miss Bengals game
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Monday. The injury casts Coleman's status in doubt for Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
Around the league
Brees on Week 1 officiating error: 'That can't happen'
With the Saints trailing 14-3, Drew Brees drove New Orleans near mid-field with a third-down pass to Michael Thomas that originally was ruled a half-yard shy of a first down with 41 seconds remaining in the second quarter. With Thomas ruled in bounds, the Saints rushed to the line to get a fourth-down play off quickly. Refs stopped the game, however, and decided to review the play.
Miller: My job is to sack QB and I didn't hit Carr once
"My job is to sack the quarterback and I didn't get to him once, not even a quarterback hit," Miller said after the tilt. "Disappointed in myself on an individual level. They were throwing the ball quick, but we have to find a way to get there."
Colts WR Devin Funchess undergoes surgery; IR next
The former Panther was expected to be Indy's No. 2 target after signing a one-year, $10 million deal in the offseason. It's another tough blow to a Colts receiving corps that, beyond T.Y. Hilton, consists of Deon Cain, Parris Campbell, Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal.
Jaguars placing Nick Foles on IR; trade for QB Dobbs
In desperate need for QB depth, the Jaguars announced they have traded for Steelers backup quarterback Josh Dobbs. Rapoport added Pittsburgh will receive a 2020 fifth-rounder in the deal. Dobbs, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft, has attempted just 12 passes in his three-year career.
Greg Robinson facing potential fine for kicking Vaccaro
Shortly afterward, backup Kendall Lamm suffered a knee injury and did not return. The Browns were forced to put in guard Justin McCray at right tackle and move Chris Hubbard to left tackle.