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Bengals News (12/10): Return to form

William Jackson has been enjoying a very solid 2020 season after having some struggles in 2019.

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Bengals Notebook: Good news on the injury front for Jonah Williams
It looks like left tackle Jonah Williams is going to be able to start off-season workouts on time when the Bengals reconvene in April. Williams had been carted off the field with a right knee injury in the second half of last Sunday's game in Miami, but head coach Zac Taylor says he could have returned if the season had been longer.

Bengals William Jackson III ranks in Pro Football Focus' Top 25 cornerbacks
"I don't know where that came about, but it's funny that it's the opposite of most guys," Jackson said. "I was listening to music before the games, but now I don't. I like to hear the environment, listen to the stadium noise walking in, taking it all in. It works."

Taylor Made Takes: Bengals defense making strides
It's more time together. A lot of guys are playing together more and they're playing well off each other. They've done enough for us to score. They've kept teams out of the end zone for the most part. Offensively, we have to get some points on the board and take pressure off of them.

Cincinnati Bengals Darius Phillips Activated From Reserve/Injured; Jonah Williams Placed on Reserve/Injured
Phillips, a third-year player out of Western Michigan University, had been on Reserve/Injured with a groin injury since Nov. 14. He has played in eight games (five starts) this season, and has 17 tackles, five PDs and an INT.

Fan information as the Bengals host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, December 13, 2020
Fifth Third Bank will make gameday a Fifth Third better® with early access at Gate E 30 minutes prior to regular admission when you show your Bengals Debit Card and game ticket.

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd says 'dirty play' by Miami Dolphins sparked scuffle
In the second quarter, Boyd was shoved in the back and knocked down a few yards out of bounds following an incomplete pass. Once Boyd got up, Miami cornerback Xavien Howard shoved him in the head and Boyd responded with a similar act to Miami cornerback Byron Jones.

Geno Atkins Nominated For Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Presented By Nationwide
"As an NFL player I understand the importance of using my platform to positively impact the lives of others," said Atkins. "It has been an honor to be able to give back to others, and some of the most meaningful moments of my career have been moments spent in the community."

Frustration Builds as Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green Continues to be Underutilized
The seven-time Pro Bowler is not the type of player who voices his dissatisfaction. He has a long track record of dealing with things privately and isn't someone who wears his emotions on his sleeve. A fiery reaction from him is extremely rare, but it's hard to blame him for being frustrated. His 2020 season has been nothing short of a disaster.

Bengals get Joe Burrow help in new 2021 mock draft from Kiper, McShay
The two experts just issued a mini-mock draft outlining the top 10 as of right now and predictably, Sewell is the pick after the New York Jets take Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 and the Jacksonville Jaguars take Justin Fields at No. 2.

Cincinnati Bengals' Offensive Line Continues to Climb Injury Mountain
Climbers say summiting Mt. Everest is one of the most life-changing experiences anyone can go through. Months to years of training prepare them for the grueling challenge. The mountain guide or "sherpa" on these trips are their lifeblood. Without capable guidance, disaster can strike.

Around the league

NFL Power Rankings, Week 14: Saints leapfrog Steelers; Browns crack top 10
Yes, the Steelers were knocked from their perch as the NFL's last unbeaten team on Monday, sending members of the 1972 Dolphins into their latest bubbly celebration. Pittsburgh was taken out by the Washington Football Team, which is tied for the best record in a division that doesn't seem like such an embarrassment anymore. Well, half the division, anyway.

Cowboys 'not nervous to sign Dak' Prescott to big contract amid Eagles' issues with Carson Wentz
For some, the Eagles being saddled with Wentz's contract that will call for a massive cap figure whether he's on the team or not could inform the Cowboys' decision on Prescott. Maybe it's not so smart to sink huge money into one position and be hamstrung for the future, the argument will go.

Kyler Murray: Cardinals' struggling offense 'not far off' from getting back on track
The most surprising issue during the skid has been the lack of offensive consistency. Over the last three losses, quarterback Kyler Murray is averaging 59.9 fewer pass yards per game and 46.8 fewer rush YPG than in the first nine games of the season.

Cam Newton (questionable; abdomen) is fine and will start vs. Rams
Newton was limited in practice Tuesday and Wednesday. It was the same routine the Pats took with the starting QB before Sunday's win over the Chargers. Newton wasn't limited in that game, and we don't expect him to be so against the Rams either.

2020 NFL playoff picture: Four postseason contenders with difficult final stretches
Heading into the final quarter of the 2020 regular season, with four games left on everyone's schedule, I'd like to spotlight four playoff-contending teams with one thing in common: a tough slate down the stretch. If these teams end up punching a postseason ticket, they'll have earned it.