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Bengals News (1/13): Top highlights for 2019

What were some of the best plays from the Bengals 2019 season?

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New England Patriots vCincinnati Bengals Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images ranked the top 19 plays of 2019
Take a look back at the Top 19 moments of the 2019 season.

Best Photos of 2019: Bengals Fans
The Bengals have the best fans in the NFL. A look a some of the best fan photos from the 2019 season.

Bengals' offseason priorities: Futures of A.J. Green and Joe Mixon, QB picture
As the team careened into its worst start in 26 seasons and secured the No. 1 overall draft pick for the first time since 2003, the need for an offseason rebuild became clear with each passing week. Now that the regular season is over, Cincinnati can take the top player in the draft, address its needs across the roster and push toward its first playoff berth since 2015.

All-AFC North Team: Defensive line/Edge rushers
The AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens have a contingent of 12 players with Pro Bowl invitations, which tied the 1973 Miami Dolphins for the most Pro Bowlers in history from one team. But did all Baltimore’s Pro Bowl invitees make The Enquirer’s All-AFC North team? Pittsburgh dealt with a slew of injuries, although, Mike Tomlin’s Steelers remained formidable in the trenches. The Cleveland Browns won the offseason. However, Cleveland’s regular season was quite the contrary. At the bottom of the division, the Cincinnati Bengals matched their worst single-season record in franchise history. Yet, there were still a couple Bengals who stood out.

The biggest question looming over the NFL draft: Which Joe from LSU is the true superstar?
The question prompted a long belly laugh from Urban Meyer, followed by an artful dodge. He recruited both of the projected No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the upcoming NFL draft — LSU star quarterback Joe Burrow, who transferred from Ohio State, and Buckeye defensive end Chase Young.

TWENTYMAN: 3 things to know about special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs
He’s also served as an offensive assistant (2012), quality control (2013-15), defensive quality control (2016-17) and offensive quality control coach (2018). Coombs worked directly under long-time Cincinnati special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons, who is one of the best special teams coordinators in the league. Coombs is considered to be a young, up-and-coming coaching prospect in the NFL.

NFL mock draft: Bengals 3-round mock draft ahead of title game
Before that gets underway — and before we know if Joe Burrow will be at the Senior Bowl — let’s look at a three-round mock that unfolded via The Draft Network’s mock draft machine and predictive board.

Senior Bowl reveals which QBs Bengals will coach during event
During the announcement, quarterbacks were assigned to both teams, as seen in the graphic above. The Bengals will oversee Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Colorado’s Steven Montez.

ESPN analyst projects Joe Burrow's potential future with Bengals
As someone who was drafted by and played for the organization, former NFL linebacker David Pollack knows from firsthand experience what to expect if — or when — the Cincinnati Bengals select LSU fifth-year senior quarterback Joe Burrow in April's 2020 draft.

Around the league

Packers top Seahawks to advance to NFC title game
1. Would these Packers really win any other way? Green Bay raced out to a big lead and looked like it would cruise to victory, but we should have known better. Seattle battled its way back, making up ground by keeping the ball out of Aaron Rodgers' hands, but in the end it was a former Seahawk who destroyed Seattle's hopes with a third-down conversion.

Jimmy Johnson inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame
Johnson was surprised by David Baker, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who made the announcement in person in the FOX studio. Johnson immediately began tearing up, while his fellow FOX analysts -- all of whom are Hall of Famers -- celebrated around him. In a touching moment, FOX cut to the press box at Lambeau Field where color commentator and Johnson's former QB Troy Aikman was welling up along with his former coach.

Kelce: Mahomes proved he's best quarterback in NFL
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense then caught fire, thanks in part to some questionable decisions and bumbles by Houston, to overcome the 24-zip shortage. K.C. scored four straight touchdowns to close the half with a 28-24 lead. The Chiefs ran away in the second half for a 51-31 victory.

Bill O'Brien explains thinking behind FG call, fake punt
Houston intended to go for it, at least at first, keeping the offense on the field before mass confusion forced O'Brien to call a timeout. The extra time afforded O'Brien a moment to reconsider, which resulted in him settling for a Ka'imi Fairbairn field goal to go ahead 24-0.