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Bengals News (12/29): Big plays off the field

Geno Atkins is as great with his off the field ventures as he has been on the field for the Bengals over his career, and the team wanted to make sure he gets recognized for it.

Bengals Notebook: News on Tee Higgins, Jessie Bates III and Joe Mixon
"He's made plays against everybody in this league," Taylor said after Sunday's 37-31 victory in Houston. "He's got an extremely bright future. His approach is tremendous. Where we got him when we got him in the second round is unbelievable now that you look back on it, but we're lucky to have him."

Bengals Name Geno Atkins As Team's 2020 Winner Of Ed Block Courage Award
"Geno has proven to be a durable player throughout his career here in Cincinnati," said Bengals head athletic trainer Paul Sparling. "This year, he suffered a shoulder injury just prior to the start of the regular season, which caused him to miss time early before ultimately cutting his season short. Geno's dedication to the team, his professionalism and ability to play when many wouldn't, separate him from others. Knowing the effort that Geno will put forth in his post-surgical rehabilitation all but assures that he will return to full strength."

Bengals Booth Podcast: Recap the Week 16 game versus Houston Texans and an interview with Xavier Su'a-Filo
It's the "Love Me Two Times" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as Cincinnati knocked off the Houston Texans in Week 16. Recap the game with radio replays, postgame comments and analysis from Dave Lapham. Plus, a "Fun Facts" interview with guard Xavier Su'a-Filo.

Brandon Allen Among Nominees For FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week In Week 16
FedEx gives fans the opportunity to recognize top-performing quarterbacks and running backs through the FedEx Air & Ground Awards in games played on Thursday through Sunday. Voting is open until Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET at NFL.com/FedEx. Fans can also vote on Twitter via the @NFL published polls and on the NFL Mobile App.

Cincinnati Bengals Add LSU Wide Receiver Ja'Marr Chase in Latest Mock Draft
"A Burrow-Chase reunion is in order for Cincinnati if they do indeed fall out of the Sewell sweepstakes," PFF analyst Austin Gayle wrote. "The former LSU wideout is currently PFF’s No. 1 wide receiver and No. 5 overall player in the 2021 class. He also earned the third-ranked PFF receiving grade (91.3) in college football at just 19 years of age as a true sophomore in 2019."

Dave Lapham Weighs in on the Cincinnati Bengals' Offensive Line After Back-to-Back Wins
The Bengals have won back-to-back games for the first time in more than two years (Weeks 4-5, 2018). It's no coincidence that consistency in the trenches has led to success on the field.

NFL Week 16 analysis: 10 things from Bengals-Texans game
I’m awful at recalling individual games. People ask me Remember Whens about games five years ago. I can’t remember what I did five minutes ago. I mean, I can walk from my office to the kitchen and forget why I was hungry.

Ravens vs. Bengals 2020 odds: Cincinnati has historical underdog task
It’s not only a wild line, it sets a big historical precedent for a Bengals underdog status. According to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, the Ravens are 41-0 all-time when favored by double digits.

Adam 'Pacman' Jones Says the Bengals Should Re-Sign A.J. Green This Offseason
Green, 32, is playing on the franchise tag and will be a free agent at the end of the season. Some believe the Bengals should move on from the aging star with Tyler Boyd and emerging rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins under contract through the 2023 season

Around the league

What we learned from Bills' victory over Patriots on Monday night
A division had been decided and a run of postseason prosperity had concluded, but this was the AFC East changing of the guard for all the NFL world to drink in on a prime-time stage. Bill Belichick had a prideful Patriots group on the field, but the Bills were and are the much better team. New England came out full of energy and intention, but just couldn't keep up. The teams each had some bad drops and stumbled here and there, but as the game settled in, it was clear there was no way the Pats (6-9) were keeping up with the Bills (12-3).

2021 NFL Draft order: Dolphins vault to third pick; Patriots No. 15
This is a look at the first-round order for the 2021 NFL Draft heading into Week 17 of the NFL season, along with the top three needs for each team. The order is determined by record, using strength of schedule as the first tiebreaker (click here to see a full list of the draft-order tiebreakers). Keep in mind -- teams 19-32 would make the playoffs if the season ended today and are marked as PL (short for playoffs) in the order below. The draft order for playoff teams is determined by the results of postseason play.

Debrief: Breaking down AFC playoff picture entering Week 17
The NFC playoff picture has a lot at stake in Week 17, but it's straightforward. The AFC playoff picture is messy. Four playoff spots are still up for grabs, and some team with double-digit wins, possibly 11 wins, will miss the postseason. Let's break it all down, examining every AFC team that is either in possession of or fighting for one of the seven available berths.

Dwayne Haskins' rapid downfall in Washington not just QB's doing
Dwayne Haskins may not go down as one of the worst draft busts in NFL history, but that is largely a matter of only ranking. With his release Monday -- a week after photos surfaced of a mask-less Haskins at a large birthday party, in violation of the league's COVID-19 protocols, and less than 24 hours after he was benched during an abysmal performance Sunday -- Haskins completed a remarkably rapid collapse from local boy made good to profound disappointment and became an indictment of the culture that existed in the Washington Football Team when he was drafted 15th overall just 20 months ago.