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Bengals News (12/23): Stingy defense

The defense has been trying to do its part recently, and they have held opposing offenses to an important number milestone.

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The Cincinnati Bengals defense is on the rise holding 5 of the last 7 opponents under 21 points.
"We were just out there doing the things we love at the highest level and really just playing for one another. Playing for the name on the back of your jersey," said safety Vonn Bell Monday night after making the signature hit in their signature performance. "Guys come from different stories and they were just telling that story tonight and just making plays."

Game Preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans | Week 16 | 2020 NFL Season
"It's exciting," said Bengals QB Ryan Finley after his first career win as a starter. "I'm obviously very happy, but I'm very happy for everyone involved too. The faces of everyone after in the locker room postgame — it's fun. We haven't had too many postgame locker rooms like that recently, so it's always fun to get a win. And it's even better beating the Steelers on Monday night."

Bengals Booth Podcast: Radio replays, postgame comments after Week 15 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers
It's the "Holly Jolly" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as Bengals fans get the No. 1 one gift on their wish list -- a win over Pittsburgh. With radio replays, postgame comments and in-depth analysis from Dave Lapham. Plus, "Fun Facts" with linebacker Josh Bynes.

Locker Room Celebration Following Victory Over The Steelers On Monday Night Football
A look inside the Bengals locker room after their Week 15 victory on Monday Night Football over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Upset win gives Bengals needed momentum heading toward crucial offseason
For weeks, it appeared any hope of progressing through their rebuild was shattered after rookie quarterback Joe Burrow's season-ending knee injury on Nov. 22. But with a win against the 11-3 Steelers, the Bengals (3-10-1) have a chance to gain some momentum late in the season.

Bengals’ updated 2021 NFL draft order after upset of Steelers
What does complicate things is the Jets picking up their first win of the season, allowing the Jaguars to leapfrog them to No. 1. If the Jets can’t land a quarterback like Trevor Lawrence, they might opt for an offensive tackle like Penei Sewell.

Was Monday Night's Win Over the Pittsburgh Steelers Enough to 'Save' Zac Taylor's Job?
Big Ben looked completely discombobulated. Pittsburgh’s first half of football was summed up with a brutal sequence—punt, punt, fumble, punt, fumble, interception, punt, punt.

How Beating the Pittsburgh Steelers impacts Zac Taylor's future with the Cincinnati Bengals
Jake Liscow and I discuss Zac Taylor's future in Cincinnati after Monday night's win over the Steelers, plus we answer your offseason and coaching questions about the Bengals in our weekly mailbag.

NFL Week 16 picks and power rankings, plus five crazy things from Steelers' shocking loss to the Bengals
If today's newsletter reads like it was written by someone who's wired up on coffee after getting just 87 minutes of sleep last night and may or may not still have a twinge of tequila on their breath after celebrating the Bengals' win over the Steelers until 5 a.m., I would like to apologize for that, because that's exactly what is happening right now.

Around the league

Lions could be without several coaches vs. Bucs as team determines high-risk COVID-19 close contacts
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the COVID-19 positives from Tuesday left Detroit's coaching staff in a difficult situation with almost all of their defensive staff members considered close contacts, per sources informed of the situation.

True View: Buffalo Bills clinch AFC East title | Week 15
Go inside the helmet and around the field for Intel True View highlights as the Buffalo Bills wrapped up the AFC East divisional title.

Seahawks WR Josh Gordon out indefinitely as he did not satisfy conditional reinstatement terms
Just a day removed from returning to the Seattle Seahawks' active roster and five days away from a potential return to the field, wide receiver Josh Gordon will not be allowed to play or practice with the team indefinitely after a setback in his battle with substance abuse broke the terms of his conditional reinstatement, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

Bills QB Josh Allen, Cardinals QB Kyler Murray lead Players of the Week
Murray paced the Arizona Cardinals' exciting 33-26 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday with four total TDs to take NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Through the air, Murray completed 75% of his passes, his 27 completions going for a career-high 406 yards. He had three touchdowns passes to just one interception and added another touchdown on the ground, along with 29 rushing yards.