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Bengals News (9/24): Urgency building

Joe Burrow and several other Bengals are talking about the sense of urgency to get their first win of the season,

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Bengals Notebook: Vertical passing game looking to click heading into week 3
As he heads into Sunday's game in Philadelphia (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12), rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has led the Bengals to 46 points, a number not hit by the Big Four (Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton) in their first two starts. But only Anderson came out winless like Burrow.

Bengals Week at Hoxworth Blood Center
"Football season may be a bit different this year, but one thing that hasn't changed is the support we get from the Cincinnati Bengals to promote blood donation," said Alecia Lipton, Director of Public Relations at Hoxworth Blood Center. "Our Bengals Week blood drive proves to be a truly lifesaving event year after year, and we're thrilled to bring it back for the 2020 season."

Bengals defense needs to take advantage of Eagles' offensive woes
The Eagles have turned the ball over six times this season. Five of the six have come from quarterback Carson Wentz (four interceptions, one fumble). All four of his interceptions have come on first down.

By the Numbers: Week 3 (2020 Fantasy Football)
Whether a tree falling in a lonely forest makes a sound has been debated ad nauseam in popular culture since the early 1700s, but the answer – and its implications – go beyond the famous question itself.

Eagles vs. Bengals Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the enemy
The Philadelphia Eagles (0-2) and the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) are set to play each other this Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. In order to preview this Week 3 matchup, I reached out to our enemies over at Cincy Jungle. The pleasant Patrick Judis kindly took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming contest. Let’s take a look at the answers. (Don’t forget to also check out my Q&A exchange over at CJ.)

Eagles vs. Bengals: Five matchups to watch
When you're 0-2 and your offense is struggling to get its act together in the passing game, one way to get jump-started is to lean on the ground game until things start clicking, and the Bengals are an ideal opponent for that. In 2019, they were one of the worst teams in the NFL against the run:

NFL picks, predictions for Week 3: Packers handle Saints; Bengals bury Eagles; Steelers top Texans
Of the 11 teams that enter Week 3 with 0-2 records, all but two are underdogs this week based on the point spreads. They'll be fighting against those odds knowing an 0-3 start to the season is all but a fork in what a few weeks ago was the promise of a fresh start.

Bengals Notes: Frustration of 0-2, why Johnson will start again at guard
Several Bengals free agent signees who came from teams that made the playoffs last season vowed on Friday that the team's 0-2 start would be a line of demarcation for the season and they would find a way to turn the losing into winning sooner rather than later, and head coach Zac Taylor said he likes the way the team has responded in the last few days.

9 must-know stats from Bengals’ 0-2 start to Joe Burrow era
While 0-2 is problematic — and roughly 12 percent of teams that start with that record have ever made the playoffs — most knew this was a rebuilding year, not a contending year.

Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow stresses urgency as team seeks 1st win
With his team 0-2 to start the season, Burrow met with the media Wednesday and the overarching them was simple — the urgent need to pick up the first win of the season.

Around the league

NFL players express disappointment in Breonna Taylor grand jury decision
The one indictment brought by the grand jury was three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into Taylor's neighbors' homes during the raid on the night of March 13. The FBI is still investigating potential violations of federal law in the case.

Rams’ Robert Woods looking forward to return to Buffalo to face 2-0 Bills
In 2017, he moved to L.A. where he's still underestimated but is getting more star-acclaim on the West Coast as a key part of Sean McVay's offense. Woods has generated back-to-back 1,000-plus yards seasons, the first of his career.

Kyle Shanahan: Giants getting a 'hell of a player' in Devonta Freeman
"They're getting a hell of a player and a hell of a guy," Shanahan said in a conference call with NY media. "I love (Freeman), hell of a pickup for you guys at this time of year. He's a really good runner, he's really good out of the backfield as a receiver and a great teammate to have around."

NFLPA investigating Tyrod Taylor pregame injection; Justin Herbert to start Sunday
The NFL Players Association has initiated an investigation into Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor's complications stemming from a pregame pain-killing injection, according to George Atallah, the NFLPA's assistant executive director of external affairs.

Packers' Davante Adams 'feeling better' but 'too early to tell' if he'll play Sunday
Davante Adams feels better after leaving this past Sunday's victory over Detroit with a hamstring injury, but the Packers wide receiver remains out of practice at this point and isn't sure if he'll play Week 3 versus the Saints.