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Bengals News (9/27): Battle of brothers

Zac Taylor will be facing off against his brother Press Taylor today.

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Media Roundtable: The defense will be the key to the Bengals vs. Eagles game in Week 3
The Bengals.com Media Roundtable notes that Cincinnati's Joe Burrow is a rookie on the verge of greatness and that the Eagles' Carson Wentz has been playing far below the greatness predicted for him before a torn ACL kept him from being named NFL MVP in his second season.

3 Things To Watch | Bengals And Eagles Clash In Week 3
"At the end of the day, if we would've finished one play better or executed one play better these last two games, we would be 2-0 instead of 0-2," veteran linebacker Josh Bynes said. "We still would've had to fix the things that we need to fix, but you can work better off of 2-0 than 0-2. It's still the beginning of the season. We still got 14 more to go. We got a lot of football left. A lot of things to clean up."

Can Eagles' D put the pressure on Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow?
What to watch for: This game will be decided based on whether the Eagles can generate a pass rush. Rookie Bengals QB Joe Burrow has been sacked six times this season, tied for the fifth-most in the NFL, while the Eagles defense ranks toward the bottom of the league with four sacks generated. With defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (oblique) ailing, the pressure falls to players like Brandon Graham and Malik Jackson to turn up the heat. -- Tim McManus

Highest stakes yet in Taylor brothers bowl between Zac's Bengals and Press' Eagles
Upstairs in the bedroom they shared. In the yard playing with their dad. Around the neighborhood battling in pickup football. No matter where they were around town in Norman, the home of the Oklahoma Sooners, the Taylor brothers were competing with or against each other.

Bengals roster moves: Team announces move ahead of Week 3 vs. Eagles
McKenzie joined the roster on August 25 when the team cut Damion Willis and guard Clay Cordasco. He’s emergency gameday depth now that it’s confirmed the team won’t have Geno Atkins again for the third week in a row.

3 things to know as Eagles host Bengals in Week 3
The worst part about his struggles is that he’s missing easy throws. Even though Doug Pederson scoffed at the idea of “layups” Wentz is missing throws he normally makes. There’s something wrong.

Bengals vs. Eagles Odds & Pick: Philadelphia Has Edge in Battle of 0-2 Teams
I think it’s safe to say the city of Philadelphia is starting to turn on Carson Wentz. He’s struggled through his first two games and losing to the Bengals would send the city into a state of panic. Philadelphia has been more successful running the ball this season, so its path to victory may involve taking the ball out of his hands.

Around the league

Questions raised about player safety after Raiders' Johnathan Abram crashes into television cart
Raiders safety Johnathan Abram suffered a Grade 2 AC joint sprain and a small piece of his collarbone chipped off, causing some internal bleeding after he crashed into a TV cart during Monday night's win over New Orleans -- a nationally televised incident that raised questions about player safety with equipment so close to the field.

Bears-Falcons game will be played after no Falcons test positive for COVID-19 Saturday
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that the game, set for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is a go after Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell's positive COVID test and placement on the COVID-19/reserve list on Saturday.

Injury roundup: Packers' Davante Adams will be a game-time decision
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is listed as doubtful with a very minor hamstring strain and will be a game-time decision, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Cardinals' Budda Baker playing through thumb injury, plans for surgery
When the Arizona Cardinals defense takes the field today against the Detroit Lions, All-Pro and Pro Bowl safety Budda Baker will be out with his teammates. But he will do so playing through a thumb injury that figures to take him off the field in the next week.

Analytics expert supports Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy’s decision last week
When Mike McCarthy took a year off from coaching in 2019, he dove into, among other things, analytics. An old-school coach turned new-school, with a fresh understanding of the numbers and a professed open mind at how to use them.