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Bengals News (11/25): Finally getting recognition

Jessie Bates has become one of the best safeties in the NFL, and he is finally being recognized for it.

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Bengals safety Jessie Bates III is a Pro Bowl safety candidate
He sensed it when quarterback Joe Burrow left the field in Washington Sunday afternoon, zapping all that natural leadership and energy into rehab. Then he knew his instincts were right again when he got the text from head coach Zac Taylor after the bus got back to Paul Brown Stadium Sunday night.

Bengals great Willie Anderson is one of 25 Pro Football Hall of Fame Semifinalits in 2021
Anderson heads up an offensive line group of former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli and former Steelers, Jets and Cardinals guard Alan Faneca in a class that's going to be remembered for the first-ballot induction of former Colts and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Game Preview: New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12, November 20, 2020
Cincinnati controlled the game for most of the first half, running nearly twice as many offensive plays as Washington (42-23) and gaining a more than eight-minute edge in time of possession (19:11 to 10:49). Burrow moved the ball with ease against a Washington team that entered the game leading the NFL in pass defense, as the rookie's 21 first-half completions were the most by a Bengal before halftime in nearly 38 years (Ken Anderson had 27 on Dec. 20, 1982 at San Diego).

Bengals surprisingly turn to Brandon Allen as starting QB
Fresh off the practice squad, Brandon Allen will start Sunday’s game against the Giants, NFL Network reported Wednesday. He gets the nod over Ryan Finley, who backed up Burrow all season and replaced him last Sunday against Washington when the prized rookie went down with a season-ending knee injury.

Brandon Allen to Start at Quarterback For Cincinnati Bengals
Allen will start at quarterback against New York according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. He knows Zac Taylor's offensive system from his days in Denver and Los Angeles.

Bengals planning to start QB Brandon Allen over Ryan Finley vs. Giants
Ryan Finley, who entered the game when Burrow went down last week against Washington, will remain in the backup spot. Finley completed 3 of 10 passes for 30 yards and an INT for a 0.0 passer rating in five drives after Burrow left the game. A 2019 fourth-round pick, Finley went 0-3 in his career as a starter last year.

An Inside Look at the Cincinnati Bengals' Toxic Culture
As we enter Week 12 of the 2020 season his vision of strong communication and culture flowing through the locker room have yet to come to fruition. The Bengals are 2-7-1 on the year and 4-21-1 since Taylor became head coach.

Cincinnati Bengals 7-round mock draft with team picking third overall
It’s never too early to look ahead to the upcoming NFL Draft. Especially when your team has only won two games out of their first ten. And of course, not to mention, the starting quarterback Joe Burrow is now out for the rest of the season.

Bengals bring in Kevin Hogan, Alex McGough for tryouts at quarterback
Hogan, a former fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, appeared in eight games with one start for the Cleveland Browns between 2016-17. After spending the 2018 season with the Denver Broncos, Hogan was not on a roster last season. He did have a tryout with the Chicago Bears earlier this year.

Fans of the Cincinnati Bengals can't let up on the pressure they're exerting
Tension is coursing through the Queen City like a one-way train with the brakes cut. After stellar quarterback Joe Burrow was thrown to the wolves time after time, it finally caught up to the Cincinnati Bengals, as they saw him go down to a stomach-churning injury. His unprecedented rookie campaign was halted in its tracks.

Around the league

Texans QB Deshaun Watson, Rams WR Robert Woods lead Players of the Week
Joining Watson on the AFC's weekly honor roll, Cleveland Browns defensive end Olivier Vernon had one of many defensive highlights in his team's 22-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Vernon had three sacks, including one for a safety. The defensive end had five tackles and a pass defended.

Jaguars QB Mike Glennon to start Sunday against Browns
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said quarterback Mike Glennon will start against the Browns on Sunday over Gardner Minshew and Jake Luton. He wants Minshew to have a full week of throwing in practice first.

Baltimore Ravens considering flying to Pittsburgh on Thursday
The Baltimore Ravens' Thursday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers remains on schedule to be played on Thanksgiving. However, the Ravens might adjust their pregame plans as they deal with positive COVID-19 tests.

Ron Rivera might 'smash pumpkins' to jumpstart Washington offense vs. Cowboys
"I can bring in a sledgehammer and smash pumpkins," Rivera quipped, via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. "But to be honest with you guys, it's neither here nor there. A start is a start. Sometimes you finish them off and sometimes you don't. We'll see what happens. We work on things, we work on our scripts, we work on our plays and then we come out in the second half and we call the same play, we call the same defenses and we play better. We'll see what happens come Thursday."

NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: Rams enter top five, Ravens exit top 10
I'll admit it: I struggled with the spots immediately after the Big Three this week. Struggled in a way I hadn't all season. The second tier of contenders are in a pile-up right now and it may take some time to sort it out.