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Bengals News (11/18): Hot start

Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins sure haven’t looked like typical rookies this season.

Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Bengals like the development of their first year tackles on the offensive line.
Think back to last month's game in Baltimore when the Bengals offensive line hit the depths. When they return to Maryland to play Washington Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12), their front has suddenly found depth with a brew of intriguing possibilities.

Vote For Bengals Wide Receiver Tee Higgins For The Pepsi Zero Sugar Rookie of the Week
Through nine games, Higgins has 40 catches for 603 yards and four touchdowns. Higgins' 40 catches through nine games project out to 71 for a full 16-game slate. That total would be the most ever by a Bengals rookie, ahead of WR Cris Collinsworth (67), WR A.J. Green (65), HB Giovani Bernard (56), WR Tyler Boyd (54) and WR Eddie Brown (53).

Game Preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Football Team, November 22, 2020
The loss at Pittsburgh came under some of the most unique circumstances in team history. After dealing with its first COVID-19 cases during the Week 9 bye, Cincinnati was without four eligible players (including practice squad) and four assistant coaches against Pittsburgh for reasons related to the virus. Additionally, five listed starters were held out of the contest due to unrelated injuries, and a sixth — CB Mackensie Alexander — left in the first quarter due to a concussion.

The Bengals waived DE Takk McKinley (failed physical) and released OT O’Shea Dugas
Waived DE Takk McKinley (failed physical). Cincinnati had acquired McKinley on waivers from Atlanta on Nov. 11.

2020 NFL Rookie Rankings - Why the Joe Burrow-Tee Higgins connection is off to a hot start
As the NFL rolls into Week 11 of the COVID-impacted 2020 season, it is the two first-year players who were tossed into the deepest end of the football pool who now lead the way in our second round of rookie rankings.

Defensive end Takk McKinley waived by Cincinnati Bengals after a failed physical, team announces
"Now, we can actually get him in the building and get a chance to know him and integrated him into the scheme and start to use him, and obviously he should be able to rush the passer for us," Taylor said Monday as McKinley waited to clear COVID-19 protocol.

Three Cornerbacks the Bengals Could Sign to Bolster Secondary
Cornerback Darius Phillips (groin) isn't expected to be back this week, although stranger things have happened. Mackensie Alexander (concussion) could be out this week as well. Couple that with Tony Brown's struggles last week against the Steelers and it's pretty clear that the Bengals should be looking at free agent cornerbacks.

Bengals, WFT in intensive protocol ahead of Week 11 matchup
While one could suggest the all-virtual nature of things — and missing four assistant coaches — was part of the reason the Bengals looked so bad coming out of the bye, the Steelers were dealing with the same prep issues all week before winning via blowout.

Two Cool Andrew Whitworth Stories From His Days With the Bengals
The good news is that the 38-year-old may return this season. Whitworth didn't tear his ACL, like some originally thought. Instead, he suffered a torn MCL and damage to his PCL in his left knee. He could be back in 6-8 weeks.

Around the league

NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Raiders, Cardinals rise; Seahawks, Titans exit top 10
Please understand that I understand your frustration. I get it. Typically, when a team begins its season with nine consecutive wins, and they're the only team in the league to carry an undefeated mark this deep into a season, that team will be rewarded with the top spot in an exercise like this. Who knows, maybe they sit at No. 1 on other, less reputable, Power Rankings write-ups on the internet? I'm sure they do.

Mike Tomlin: Steelers' run game 'not up to snuff right now'
The Pittsburgh Steelers sit as the only undefeated team in the NFL, yet Mike Tomlin's club hasn't played picture-perfect football in all nine wins. At times early in the season, the defense struggled. Ben Roethlisberger has had issues with his deep accuracy. And most currently, the Steelers run game has been silent.

Chiefs expected to sign DeAndre Baker to practice squad
News of Baker joining the Chiefs comes just a day following robbery charges were dropped against him in Florida. Baker was cleared of charges Monday after his alleged victims' attorney was arrested on extortion charges. The Broward County (Florida) State Attorney's Office announced it was dropping charges against Baker shortly after the county sheriff's office arrested attorney William Dean, 50, and charged him with extortion.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray 'not worried' about MVP talk
Arizona's miraculous 'Hail Murray' connection between Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins vaulted the Cards into the NFC West lead. It also pushed the quarterback into the MVP conversations as we head into a pivotal Week 11 showdown between the Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks Thursday night.