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Bengals News (9/22): Breaking one

Brandon Wilson talks about his high expectations as a returner going forward.

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Bengals kick returner Brandon Wilson leads the NFL in return average.
"Every time. Every time," said Wilson, when asked if he's been one tackle away from going all the way. "It's either the back side safety or the kicker tackling me. I'm going to get one soon.

Photo Gallery | Bengals-Eagles Through The Years
View some of the best images from the Bengals-Eagles series. Who Dey!

Bengals Sign G Alex Redmond To Practice Squad
Redmond (6-5, 320), a fourth-year player out of UCLA, originally was a college free agent signee of the Bengals in 2016. He was with Cincinnati through training camp of this year, before being waived on Sept. 6. He has played in 23 career games for the Bengals, with 17 starts.

NFL fines three head coaches $100K each for not wearing masks on sidelines
"I think you have to consider everything. It’s your livelihood," Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said last week. "We live off the communication in a critical moment and you want to be able to speak clearly. We gotta continue to work on the best way to make that happen."

Philadelphia Eagles open as favorites vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Philadelphia Eagles (0-2) are 6.5-point favorites against the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) for their Week 3 game. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field. Below, we take a look at the early Week 3 betting odds and lines at BetMGM Sportsbook.

Bengals: Concerns about Joe Burrow becoming next Andrew Luck are valid
Call it a great and ominous thing at the same time. Luck, the No. 1 pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, amassed 23,671 passing yards and 171 touchdowns against 83 interceptions over the course of six seasons, reviving a struggling franchise while going 53-33, fully living up to the hype as a generational quarterback prospect.

NFL Week 3 odds: An early look at Eagles vs. Bengals spread
The first two Eagles games have not gone according to plan. After entering both games against Washington and the Rams as favorites, the Eagles ended up with losses straight up and against the spread (ATS).

Cincinnati Bengals: Best photos from first 2 games of Joe Burrow era
The Cincinnati Bengals have started the season 0-2 again, though that isn’t to suggest the future doesn’t look bright. With Joe Burrow flashing quite a bit more than the usual rookie, Bengals events have a big-game feel to them.

Bengals Notes: Lawson hears critics; Higgins more comfortable; Wilson has Pro Bowl goal
"We have to fix that problem first," said Lawson. "Obviously, we have the talent and the pass rushers to get the quarterback. The narrative is, 'You guys have struggled to get after the quarterback,' but I’m like when we’re in third-and-short or teams are doing play-action boots and things of that nature, you don’t get many drop-back opportunities. One of the best teams in the league on defense this year and last year, the team that had the most sacks, Tampa Bay, they stopped the run first. Then, they had their guys go get the quarterback. Pittsburgh does a good job at stopping the run, then they get to go get the quarterback. We have to address that first, then you’ll see us shine."

Around the league

Carr, Raiders open Allegiant with 34-24 win over Saints
However, Derek Carr and the Raiders stood tall against the challenge of a team perceived as a Super Bowl contender and behind a BLANK-TD day from the Silver and Black signal-caller, Las Vegas won its home opener, 34-24, against New Orleans.

MRI confirms 49ers' Bosa has torn ACL; out for season
As a rookie, Bosa burst on the scene and was a driving force in the 49ers reaching the Super Bowl after he was selected second in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 2019 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and No. 17 in the NFL Top 100, Bosa made an immediate impact for the 49ers and his loss is no doubt an immediate devastation.

Debrief: Unpleasant (and pleasant) surprises through Week 2
The duality of the NFL was on display in Week 2. Scoring is up, penalties are down and there were sensational games across the map, highlighted by one of the best quarterback matchups of its era in Seattle. I will get to the pleasant surprises below, but the more lasting impact on the 2020 season came from a Monday filled with grim injury-confirmation news.

Chargers QB Taylor sidelined Week 2 because of pregame injection
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said he didn't get word that Tyrod Taylor was unavailable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs until after the opening coin toss. His plans, and the veteran quarterback's fortunes, had been flipped by a pregame injection.

NFL Week 2: What I loved, liked and loathed about Sunday
You have to love Aaron Jones' career day in Lambeau. You must be impressed with the Tom Brady bounce-back. And you gotta loathe the Lions blowing a double-digit lead for the second straight week, bringing more embarrassment to the franchise that's been rebuilding since 1957.