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Bengals News (11/30): Another shot

The Bengals were quick to name Brandon Allen as the starter next week against the Dolphins.

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Special Teams And Defense Answer The Call For Bengals
But on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons, the NFL's longest tenured special teams coach with a sterling pedigree of his own, very nearly ran the Giants out of first place in the NFC East and on to the back pages of the New York sports sections with a devastating game of field position that included a successful fake punt on fourth down.

Allen Gets Another Shot As Bengals Nearly Catch Giants
"It's definitely a weird year. But it's a weird year for everyone, so there's no excuse for that," said Allen, his first career Zoom with the Cincinnati media coming four months after he signed. "I've been around the building, and guys have seen me in practice. That first Wednesday practice was good for the whole team to see the throws being made. I tried to talk to as many guys as I could and get to know a lot of the guys, but this season with COVID-19 is a very strange season."

Quick Hits: Brandon Wilson makes history wit ha 103-yard kickoff return.
When safety Brandon Wilson took off for the longest play in Bengals history, a 103-yard kick return that tied a game barely five minutes old Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, Bengals middle linebacker Josh Bynes had already caught that act before.

Cincinnati Bengals fall to the New York Giants, 19-17
Allen got the first touchdown since Burrow went down last week when he scrambled and, backpedaling, whipped a one-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins coming back for the ball with 2:33 left to cut the lead to 19-17 on a play that was set up by wide receiver Tyler Boyd drawing a 17-yard pass interference penalty.

Postgame comments from Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and quarterback Brandon Allen
You mentioned you were hopeful that the defense and special teams units would step up today to help out the offense with Brandon Allen starting at quarterback. You have to be pleased with those units in that regard, correct?

The Bengals need better QB play to win without starter Joe Burrow
Things went about as expected in a 19-17 loss to the Giants (4-7) at Paul Brown Stadium. For the Bengals (2-8-1) to have a chance at winning another game in 2020, Cincinnati will need more production from its quarterback.

Cincinnati Bengals Bengals' Defense Holds Their Own Against Giants
“The standard for the defense just has to raise ten times more with that part [Joe Burrow] being out,” safety Jessie Bates III said before the game. “It’s something that’s not a secret, something that we got to address in the room—we’re going to win games, because of our defense.”

Zac Taylor quickly names Brandon Allen as Bengals starter vs. Dolphins
Everybody deserves blame on a day Taylor’s offense could only muster 155 yards of total offense and a 3-of-10 mark on third downs. But Allen was notably inaccurate and struggled, forcing throws and making bevy of additional passes that should have been intercepted.

Cincinnati Bengals Open as Double-Digit Underdogs Against Miami Dolphins
"They’re playing hard for each other, and it’s going to turn for us I know at some point," Taylor said after the game. "I told them it’s frustrating—you’re sick to your stomach, it sucks. It’s not fun to lose. But we know that this tide is going to turn for us and we’re going back look back on this [someday]. This is a necessary part of our growth, but we need to get some wins to show for all the work we’ve put in, because it makes it tough when you finish games like this.”

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 takeaways from loss to New York Giants
After Allen led the Bengals on a touchdown drive to make it a two-point game with 2:33 left, the defense forced a three-and-out to put the ball back in his hands for one last series. On the first snap from midfield, Allen was sacked and fumbled, effectively ending the game for a 19-17 loss at Paul Brown Stadium.

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Brian Flores: Tua Tagovailoa still Dolphins starting QB 'if he's healthy'
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Matt LaFleur: Aaron Rodgers 'an MVP player' as Packers demolish Bears
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Vic Fangio 'disappointed' in Broncos QBs for not following COVID rules
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