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Bengals News (1/1): Week 18 schedule vs. Browns

The Bengals will be hoping to go out with a bang.

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NFL Announces Day & Time for Browns at Bengals in Week 18
The NFL announced the Bengals will host the Browns on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Paycor Stadium. The game will air on CBS.

Quick Hits: Chiefs Bruise Banged-up Bengals As Gamers Chase And Higgins Give It A Shot; Turning Point
No Joe Burrow. Their next two best players on offense, wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, were both less than 100%. A key defensive player, nose tackle DJ Reader, was out. Some are dinged. One, left end Sam Hubbard, revealed after the game he needs offseason surgery for what he won't disclose, but he left the field with five tackles and a fumble recovery.

Chiefs Defense Catches Browning, Bengals
Browning finished 19 of 33 for 197 yards, and wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase was held to three catches for 41 yards while grinding through his shoulder sprain. It was Browning's fewest yards in his six starts in relief of Joe Burrow, but he had them right in the thick of it as they drove to take a 24-13 lead. Browning converted eight of their first 10 third downs against one of the league's top third down defenses and added a scrambling 32 yards. But the Bengals could get just 50 yards the rest of the way after the fourth-down stop midway through the third quarter.

Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Bengals free agents playing final games
The Bengals have starters on both sides of the ball scheduled to hit the open market over the summer. And with Joe Burrow’s big contract on the books and thinking about the future for the likes of Ja’Marr Chase, this upcoming class has always looked like it will feature some really tough calls by the team.

Bengals Unlikely To Re-Sign CB Chidobe Awuzie?
Dehner’s expanisve piece, which details Awuzie’s journey from his early success with the Bengals through his recovery from his 2022 ACL tear and to last week’s struggles in a loss to the Steelers, notes that Awuzie still views himself as a starting corner. Cincinnati, however, will want to move forward with recent draftees Cam Taylor-Britt and DJ Turner as its starting CBs on the boundaries, and the clear implication is that, unless Awuzie is unable to find a starter’s contract on the open market, he will be moving on.

Cincinnati Bengals Eliminated From 2023 Playoff Contention Following Loss to Chiefs
It ends a brutal season of injury for a Bengals team, still searching for its first Super Bowl. Now, all eyes are on Joe Burrow's return from wrist surgery and what to do about a defense that deteriorated in 2023.