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Bengals News (9/22): Catching up on Steelers

It looks like the once large gap between the Bengals and Steelers is shrinking again. Is this the week they start to overtake the division rival?

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Taylor-Made Takes: Bengals head coach Zac Taylor talks about the importance of winning in the AFC North
There's not a lot of quarterbacks that can overcome that. The other two he threw on time. He was decisive. And Roquan Smith and Jaylon Johnson made really good plays. Jaylon Johnson made a decision he's going to jump a route. And it paid off for him. Roquan just made a great play you don't see a lot of linebackers make underneath that throw.

Game Preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 3, Sunday, September 26, 2021
The Bengals this week travel to Pittsburgh to face the division-rival Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday. Cincinnati will be looking to bounce back from a 20-17 loss in Chicago last week in which a late Bengals rally came up just short.

Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase Has Record-Setting Start to NFL Career - Sports Illustrated Cincinnati Bengals News, Analysis and More
The 21-year-old has seven receptions on 11 targets for 155 yards and two touchdowns in two games. He's averaging over 22-yards per catch and set the Bengals record for most receiving yards by a rookie in their debut (101).

First Call: Injuries, offensive issues for Steelers and Bengals; Ben Roethlisberger's pectoral problem shifts gambling line
We also take a deep dive into the Bengals offense, take a look at some shifting betting information and get a better understanding of Shane Baz’s Major League debut.

NFL Week 3 odds, picks: Titans take down banged up Colts, Bengals cover vs. Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a left pec injury that he suffered against the Raiders and coach Mike Tomlin did note that this will impact his preparation for Pittsburgh's Week 3 contest with the Bengals. Not only is Big Ben hobbled, but the Steelers are also dealing with multiple injuries. On the defensive side of the ball, corner Joe Haden and linebacker Devin Bush missed last week's game and star pass rusher T.J. Watt exited Sunday with a groin injury. Receiver Diontae Johnson also sustained a knee injury on the final play of the game in Week 2. With all those injuries in mind, I'm leaning towards the Bengals and the points. Cincinnati is looking to rebound after a loss to the Bears and has historically done well in that department. Over their last eight games following a straight-up loss, the Bengals are 6-2 ATS.

Ron Cook: Bengals are coming for the Steelers — for real this time
It won’t be shocking if Joe Burrow gets the win this weekend. Mike Tomlin listed four defensive starters on the Steelers’ injury list Tuesday, including T.J. Watt. The four come in addition to Tyson Alualu, who is out for the season with a broken ankle.

Bengals roster moves: Jacques Patrick to 49ers, sign one OL
Patrick is actually a pretty big loss for a coaching staff that loved what he brought to the table. He would’ve been one of those guys they could bring up and give immediate reps. It says it all that the 49ers were willing to sign him to the 53.

Around the league

Jimmy Garoppolo might talk to Aaron Rodgers about handling uncertain future
Jimmy Garoppolo has been on both sides of the quarterbacking coin. The San Francisco 49ers signal-caller was the hot new thing early in his career when he was drafted potentially to replace Tom Brady. Now he's on the reverse side, as the man set to be replaced by a dynamic rookie, Trey Lance, eventually.

Buccaneers QB Tom Brady: 'The game is a little softer than it used to be'
"I think there's probably a lot of shortsightedness," Brady said, via Pro Football Talk. "You know, when I hear that a lot, because I've heard over the years, you know, 'Oh, the game is changing,' and so forth. I think the game changes in different ways, absolutely. It evolves and changes and grows and hopefully it's getting better. And at the same time I think that there has always been, you know, incredible athletes playing professional football at the quarterback position. Randall Cunningham was an incredible athlete. Kenny Stabler was an incredible quarterback. Roger Staubach was. Michael Vick, I mean, I don't know if there's anyone more athletic that's ever played than Michael Vick. ... I think it definitely adds an element to the game.

Rookie QB Davis Mills will start vs. Panthers on 'TNF,' Tyrod Taylor placed on IR
The Texans selected Mills in the third round of the NFL draft in the spring. It figures to be a challenging starting debut for Mills against a Panthers defense that has allowed the fewest yards per game (190) in the NFL through two games, and by a wide margin -- 44 yards per game fewer than the No. 2-ranked Buffalo Bills.

Broncos DE Bradley Chubb (ankle) will undergo surgery
Having re-injured his ankle on Sunday against the Jaguars, Chubb will undergo an arthroscopic procedure Wednesday on his ankle and hopes to return this season, he announced through the team on Tuesday.

Offensive Player Rankings, Week 3: Three highly drafted players who might be turning the corner
Rookie success is largely dependent on team fit and position, among other variable factors. This is why it's common to see a player take a few games -- or even a few seasons -- to settle in. Patience is a virtue. Of course, this goes against every instinct in the "Not For Long" league.