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Bengals News (12/1): Still getting close

Bengals head coach emphasizes that the Bengals are close to turning that corner, still.

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Bengals great Louis Breeden is happy for Brandon Wilson to have broken his longest play record
Back on Nov. 8, 1981, Breeden's 102-yard dash out of his own end zone in San Diego put away one of the biggest games in Bengals history. Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts was just a few yards from cutting the score to 24-14 in the last minute of the half when his receiver fell down and Breeden was right where he should be. Suddenly, it was 31-7 and the Bengals finished off a 40-17 victory that made sure they would host and beat Fouts and friends two months later in the AFC title game better known in Bengaldom as "The Freezer Bowl."

Bengals Booth Podcast: Radio replays, postgame comments after Week 12 versus the New York Giants
It's the "Keep On Moving" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast looking back at the Week 12 game against the New York Giants with radio replays, postgame comments and in-depth analysis from Dave Lapham. Plus, a "Fun Facts" interview with offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji.

Brandon Allen: From COVID-proof emergency QB to Bengals starter
Officially, Allen was a practice-squad quarterback. Unofficially, he was the emergency pandemic quarterback, whose primary task was just being available. Because of COVID-19, even the threat of a positive test can temporarily wipe out a team's entire quarterback room.

Andrew Whitworth comments on doctor doing Joe Burrow’s knee surgery
Asked about what Burrow can expect, Whitworth told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com the following: “Doc ElAttrache is a great man. Burrow will be in great hands. You feel the passion he has for getting you healthy and keeping you confident in the process.”

Joe Burrow was still in Bengals QB meetings after season-ending injury
Any question about whether Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow would be around his teammates — in person or virtually — after his injury had an obvious answer.

Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow scheduled for reconstructive surgery this week
Without Burrow, the Bengals' 2020 campaign is all but lost. They'll forge ahead with their backup flavor of the week, but will be able to rest easily knowing Burrow should be on track to return and resume his incredibly promising career next year.

Zac Taylor’s record makes history as Bengals hot seat watch continues
It’s a staggering bit of history for Taylor, who never got off on the right foot in Cincinnati, arriving late, being late to fully assemble his staff and then eventually coaching his first season with a leftover roster from the previous regime.

Zac Taylor on His Future, Joe Burrow's Surgery and the Cincinnati Bengals' Final Five Games
Zac Taylor discussed his future, Joe Burrow's surgery, the Bengals' final five games and so much more. Watch his entire news conference at the top of this page.

Zac Taylor Defends Coaching Staff, Believes Cincinnati Bengals Are 'Close' Despite Record
Instead, things are going downhill fast. From their 2-8-1 record to rookie quarterback Joe Burrow suffering a season-ending knee injury, things couldn't have gone much worse for the Bengals this season.

Around the league

What we learned from Seahawks' win over Eagles on Monday night
This wasn't the high-flying offensive act most have become accustomed to from the Seattle Seahawks thanks to a spirited showing from the Philadelphia Eagles defense. But Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf and the Seahawks did enough to get past a struggling Carson Wentz and the Eagles on Monday night, 23-17.

Ravens-Steelers game moved to Wednesday
With the rescheduling, two other games have likewise been moved as the Steelers will host the Washington Football Team on Monday at 5 p.m. ET in the teams' Week 13 contest, which was originally slated for Sunday, while the Ravens will host the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 8:05 p.m. ET on FOX/NFL Network/Amazon in a game that was first planned for Thursday. The Washington-Pittsburgh game's broadcast arrangement is to be announced at a later time.

2021 NFL salary cap conundrum: Three major consequences of projected decrease
Right now, along with navigating a pandemic-impacted regular season, all 32 NFL organizations are preparing for perhaps the biggest challenge the salary cap has ever presented. Clubs are aware there will be a decrease in the cap number next year due to COVID-19 repercussions, but to what degree? That's still unknown, as there are estimates out there, but no official number from the league. All 32 teams must be below the cap number at the start of the new league year.

Another off-night shines brighter spotlight on Carson Wentz, Eagles offense
With chatter of a potential shift at QB ringing loudly in the days leading up to the game, Wentz had a chance to send a message against a secondary that has provided little resistance all season. What followed ended up being as confusing as the game's final score.

Texans WR Will Fuller, CB Bradley Roby announce six-game suspensions for violating NFL PED policy
The Texans receiver has been suspended six games by the NFL for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Fuller announced his suspension via Instagram, explaining he'd taken a medication he believed was permitted by the league's policy, but later learned it was not. Later Monday, Texans cornerback Bradley Roby announced he too had been suspended for six games and his season was over.