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Bengals News (10/28): Culture paying off

Zac Taylor worked really hard to make sure this team had experienced winners to come in and turn this team around. It has paid off in 2021.

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Bengals Notebook: Veterans with playoff experience bring winning culture to the team
The Bengals are coming off their biggest win in the 39-game Taylor era, own the top seed in the AFC playoff chase and are suddenly the darlings of the national media that has taken pot shots at them since the Jeremy Hill fumble six years ago.

Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow Named Week 7 FedEx Air Player of The Week
This is the third time Burrow has won the award in his career. He previously earned the honor on Oct. 6, 2021 for his Week 4 performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars and on Oct. 28, 2020 for his play in Week 7 versus the Cleveland Browns.

Cincinnati Bengals trade candidates ahead of NFL trade deadline
If they’re buying, they’re probably looking for pass-rushing help or offensive line depth. If they’re selling, they’re probably moving guys other teams might value in exchange for a long-term asset like a draft pick.

Joe Burrow’s numbers 17 games into his Bengals career are great
Burrow, of course, only technically made it into 10 games as a rookie. We never had a look at his full-blown development over one rookie season. But seasons are 17 games now — so let’s have some quick fun and look at Burrow’s 17-game numbers.

Ja'Marr Chase by the numbers: Bengals rookie making NFL history as he chases marks greater than Randy Moss
No rookie receiver has made the impact Ja'Marr Chase has this early in his career since Randy Moss took over the NFL in 1998 (and this includes Justin Jefferson's incredible start last year). Chase is dominating defenders as the first rookie in league history to have 700 yards through his first seven career games, catapulting the Cincinnati Bengals from one of the worst teams in the NFL to first place in the AFC North.

Dehner Jr.: Bengals landed on right side of every offseason debate to bust open playoff window
As the Bengals have set themselves up not just to be in the thick of the AFC championship discussion this year, but also into the foreseeable future at the front of their rookie quarterback contract window, it’s important to pinpoint the decisions the front office made despite large swaths of folks — occasionally myself included — criticizing during this past offseason.

New York Jets to start QB Mike White vs. Cincinnati Bengals; QB Joe Flacco's status unclear
Flacco, acquired Monday in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, wasn't at practice Wednesday. He was excused for a personal reason, won't report to the facility until Friday and might be inactive for Sunday's game. He's participating in meetings virtually, according to the Jets, who said they knew about Flacco's personal issue when the trade was made.

Bengals Throwback Thursday: 3 big moments vs Jets
Before then, I went ahead and took a look at the history between the Bengals and New York Jets. It’s a long history with the Jets and so far, Gang Green is ahead in the series 17-10. However, the Bengals have won the last three meetings and I took a deeper look into those three games.

Around the league

'Thursday Night Football' preview: What to watch for in Packers-Cardinals
What a way to kick off Week 8: The two hottest teams in the NFL take a prime-time stage. The Packers (6-1) haven’t lost since Week 1, the Cardinals (7-0) haven’t lost at all, and a quarterback matchup between Aaron Rodgers and Kyler Murray is all but sure to thrill. That doesn’t necessarily mean a shootout is coming, however; both teams will bring defenses ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in a number of categories, including yardage per game and points per game. Potentially, it’s a preview of the Jan. 30 NFC Championship Game, but for now, it merely advances a jumbled picture of top NFC contenders that includes three other one-loss teams: the Cowboys, Rams and Buccaneers.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa on trade rumors: 'I don’t not feel wanted'
Last week, Dolphins coach Brian Flores was the one saddled with the responsibility of dispelling rumors involving Miami's purported interest in Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has not played this season. This week, it was Tua Tagovailoa's turn to answer questions about his uncertain future with the Dolphins -- and his second time responding to such inquiries in four days.

Texans trading former Pro Bowl RB Mark Ingram back to Saints
The Houston Texans are trading the veteran running back to the New Orleans Saints, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, a move that sends Ingram back to his original team. The Texans' compensation is expected to involve late-round draft selections, per Pelissero.

Cardinals DE J.J. Watt to undergo potentially season-ending shoulder surgery
During the Cardinals' Week 7 win against his former team, the Houston Texans, Watt suffered a dislocated shoulder and other associated damage while attempting to tackle Davis Mills in the second quarter, Rapoport added. The defensive end played the second half despite the shoulder injury.

DraftKings Reacts

In this week’s DraftKings survey, Bengals fans showed a 100% level of confidence in the direction of this team, up four percent following a fun win over the Baltimore Ravens.

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