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Bengals News (11/12): Making moves

The Bengals made a number of moves to their roster, which included claiming a former-first round pick.

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Bengals linebacker Josh Bynes is 5-1 in his career against the Pittsburgh Steelers
Burrow, the rookie quarterback, has yet to take a snap against the NFL's lone unbeaten. Bynes, the ninth-year linebacker, made two starts against the Steelers last year during the Ravens' 12-0 run that closed out Baltimore's season and he hopes to run his career record to 5-1 against the Steelers.

Shawn "Who Dey Baby" Moore Named Bengals Fan of the Year
"We love the energy you bring every Sunday, we know fans like you are what drive us, and support us, and really make the difference of how it feels to play on Sunday. It's a little extra motivation seeing you guys up there cheering so hard for us, so we wanted to show our appreciation for you. We know you're a ride or die with us, and we appreciate you sticking with us through the thick and thin."

Bengals take a chance on Takk McKinley, a first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft
With one swift move the Bengals suddenly added a former first-rounder with two post-season sacks who turned just 25 last week in an effort to bolster a pass rush that has three sacks in the last four games. The 6-2, 265-pound McKinley brings 17.5 sacks in 49 games, making him the Bengals' second most prolific edge sacker behind Carl Lawson's 18 sacks.

Cincinnati Bengals make multiple player moves ahead of Week 10 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers
*Cleared G Xavier Su'a-Filo to return to practice by designating him for return from the Reserve/Injured list. Su'a-Filo had been on the Reserve/Injured list since Sept. 15 with left ankle injury that he suffered in Game 1 vs. the L.A. Chargers. Today starts a 21-day period during which Su'a-Filo may practice with the team without counting against the 53-player active roster. He is eligible to be activated to the roster at any time during that period.

Why Bengals' offensive uptick bodes well for Zac Taylor's future
Thirteen combined points. That's all the Bengals could muster against their AFC North rivals. As the team floated in quarterback limbo, the offense was not as productive as Cincinnati hoped when Taylor was hired in 2019 as head coach and playcaller.

DE Takk McKinley claimed by Cincinnati Bengals off waivers
The Bengals suddenly found themselves with a void at defensive end when the situation between the coaching staff and veteran Carlos Dunlap became untenable. Cincinnati opted to trade Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks for offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a 2021 seventh-round pick. McKinley was in a nearly identical situation with the Falcons before they ultimately cut him.

Bengals claim Takk McKinley off waivers after Falcons waive former first-round pick
McKinley, who was selected by the club in the first round of the 2017 draft out of UCLA, was looking to get out of Atlanta dating as far back as last season. It appeared he was going to be dealt around the trade deadline this year, but it never came to pass. At that point, McKinley took to social media claiming that the Falcons had turned down viable offers for him.

Weekend football betting guide: Steelers favorite, but Bengals are hot against the spread
Facts and figures: The Steelers have won each of the past 10 meetings but five of those wins came by a margin of less than 6.5 points. … Cincinnati is just 2-5-1 overall but has been profitable against the spread with a 6-2-1 mark. … The over is also 5-3 in the Bengals’ eight games. … The Steelers are 1-2 against the spread as a favorite of at least 6.5 points in 2020. … Eight of the past nine meetings have gone under a total of 45.5.

Cincinnati Bengals game-by-game predictions for season’s second half
But things do get easier, especially with games against the downtrodden NFC East. At the halfway point, here are some updated predictions for the rest of the season.

How Ben Roethlisberger's possible absence vs. Bengals could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger's comeback season hit a speed bump after the Steelers' quarterback was placed on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list due to having "high risk" contact with tight end Vance McDonald, who has tested positive for the virus. And while he won't be able to return to Pittsburgh's facility for the next several days, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that he expects to have Roethlisberger, linebacker Vince Williams, running back Jaylen Samuels and lineman Jerald Hawkins (who were also placed on the team's COVID-19 list) against the Bengals if they do not test positive for the virus this week.

Steelers vs Bengals: 3 big storylines in this week’s game
The last three weeks have been huge for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Three straight road wins and two of them over top teams has put them in the driver’s seat in the AFC North. But this week’s divisional matchup is just as important for playoff seeding and personal pride. The Cincinnati Bengals have nothing to play for than to ruin the Steelers day.

Around the league

Lamar Jackson on Cam Newton: 'He's the OG -- Superman'
The 23-year-old Ravens signal-caller said he looked up to Newton for his ability to run, take hits and pass. Jackson was a freshman at Louisville the year Cam Newton was eating up the league in 2015 on his way to a Super Bowl and MVP award.

Titans' Arthur Smith, Bucs' Byron Leftwich among young coaches to watch
Looking at those names, there are some big-time hits and some hires that may end up as misses. This list isn't intended to suggest all the best candidates are younger first-timers; the likes of Dennis Allen, Eric Bieniemy, Todd Bowles, Jim Caldwell, Brian Daboll, Matt Eberflus, Leslie Frazier, Marvin Lewis, Don "Wink" Martindale, Josh McDaniels, Raheem Morris, Greg Roman, Brian Schottenheimer and Steve Spagnuolo, among others, could all be in the mix come January, even though they don't meet the criteria here.

RB Index, Week 10: J.K. Dobbins among RBs set for second-half breakout
However, I don't expect their roles to change dramatically down the stretch, because even as Bell has made it easier to give CEH occasional breaks, Bell's snap count has remained consistent at 17-19 snaps per game over his three games in Kansas City. There are no signs that Bell is about to take on the majority of the rushing load; rather, the interchangeable backs will continue to share carries in a way that gives the Chiefs a fresh, effective player at the position on every down.

Lamar Jackson: Defenses are 'calling out our plays'
Last year, the Baltimore Ravens made defensive heads spin with their record-breaking offense. To no surprise, D-coordinators spent the offseason studying Lamar Jackson's offense with a fine-tooth comb.

Browns RB Chubb 'not sure' he'll be able to play Sunday
"I am not sure," Chubb answered Wednesday when he was asked if he was confident he could play Sunday, via team transcript. "There is still a lot more to it than me just feeling good. I have to go through doctors, team athletic trainers and coaches. It is more than just me saying I feel great."