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Bengals News (9/18): Cincinnati is keeping their heads up

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The Bengals aren’t burying themselves after a a rough start to the season.

San Francisco 49ers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Cincinnati Bengals are not discouraged despite 0-2 start
The San Francisco 49ers ran roughshod at Paul Brown Stadium, compiling a league-high 259 rushing yards. San Francisco’s dominant day running the football against the Bengals vaulted the NFC West club to the No. 4 rushing attack in the league entering Week 3. Consequently, the Bengals find themselves 30th in the NFL in run defense.

Game Preview: Bengals at Bills
Cincinnati’s defense, which put together a strong Week 1 showing at Seattle, struggled to find its footing last week against San Francisco. After holding the Seahawks to 232 total yards and 72 rushing yards in the opener, the defense allowed 572 total yards and 259 rushing yards to San Francisco last week. The Bengals were also held without a sack against the 49ers, after racking up four sacks and applying consistent pressure to Seahawks QB Russell Wilson a week earlier.

Bengals Make Player Moves
The Bengals today signed G Keaton Sutherland from the practice squad and waived WR Pharoh Cooper. The team also signed OT Dino Boyd to the practice squad, filling the spot created by Sutherland’s move to the active roster.

Bengals waive Pharoh Cooper, promote Keaton Sutherland
The Bengals announced they waived receiver Pharoh Cooper on Tuesday. They promoted offensive guard Keaton Sutherland from the practice squad to fill his roster spot.

Lions cut one former Bengals quarterback to sign another former Bengals quarterback
Driskel appeared in nine games for the Bengals last season, including five starts after Andy Dalton suffered a broken thumb. Driskel completed 105 of his 176 passes for 1,003 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

Biggest eye-catching numbers from Bengals’ Week 2 loss to 49ers
Naturally, most of these will be points for improvement moving forward, so it’s good to document them and see if the team can rebound.

Hartman: Reasons for Cincinnati Bengals optimism already dwindling
However you perceive it, Zac Taylor is 0-2 as the Bengals coach. I would say they are right on schedule since I did not expect them to win either of those games, but it is hard to ignore just how bad they looked against the 49ers. The final score was 41-17, and it was nowhere near that close. A so-so San Fran team looked like a Super Bowl contender against the Bengals, who were hapless on both sides of the ball but especially defense. There’s something to be said about having to deal with roster limitations, but execution, effort and preparation all appeared to be sorely lacking. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan had a plan for everything the Bengals wanted to do on defense, and the Bengals offense was held back as it will be all year by its offensive line. Non-franchise quarterback Andy Dalton also made some questionable decisions while the game was still in doubt, but they have so many other problems he will probably fly under the radar for a while.

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Giants bench Eli Manning; QB Daniel Jones to start
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Fins GM: Minkah Fitzpatrick felt it was time to move on
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Patriots place OT Isaiah Wynn (toe) on injured reserve
Offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn was placed on injured reserve after he suffered a toe injury in the Pats' Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier Tuesday that Wynn was considered week-to-week with a turf toe injury, but now he'll be forced to miss a minimum of eight weeks.