10:23 AM EDT, Thu October 18, 2018
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NFL Fantasy Football sits and starts for Week 7

NFL Fantasy Football sits and starts for Week 7

Who you should sit and start in Week 7 of the fantasy football season. It is Week 7 of the NFL season, and the fantasy playoffs are inching closer and closer. The first seven weeks probably flew by for those of you dominating your leagues, but some probably can’t wait for it to be over. Don’t be too down, though, upset season is coming, and you can contribute to making your friends and family feeling as bad as you do by knocking them out of playoff contention. NFL Bye Week: Steelers, Seahawks, Raiders and Packers Must starts Joe Mixon (Bengals RB): This isn’t a homer pick. In fact,...
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Bengals Bytes (10/18): Jessie Bates III will be important to slowing down the Chiefs high power offense

Bengals Bytes (10/18): Jessie Bates III will be important to slowing down the Chiefs high power offense

Jessie Bates III will be important to keeping Patrick Mahomes from dropping bombs on the Bengals’ defense. Matchup Of The Game: Young Man's Game As Bates Eyes MahomesThe Red Sox are riding the heroics of JBJ (Jackie Bradley Jr.) in this week’s ALCS and the Bengals hope to ride on the coat tails of JB3 (Jessie Bates III) in their own shot in prime time Sunday (8:20 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5) when the beleaguered Cincinnati defense meets the future in the live right arm of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Quick hits: Gio Still Re-Habbing; Faster Big Ben?; Carlos Seeks Statement...
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Bengals offensive line gets poor ranking through Week 6 from Pro Football Focus

Bengals offensive line gets poor ranking through Week 6 from Pro Football Focus

The work Andy Dalton, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard have done is all the more impressive considering who’s blocking for them. For all the credit we’ve been giving the Bengals’ new offensive line coach Frank Pollack this past offseason, perhaps that praise should’ve been more equally distributed towards offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and new quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt. Why? Because quarterback Andy Dalton is producing at a consistent level behind an offensive line that still has problems. In a year when passing efficiency has spiked through the roof league-wide, Dalton’s...
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The Orange and Black Insider Bengals podcast: 10/17 livestream

The Orange and Black Insider Bengals podcast: 10/17 livestream

John Sheeran and Anthony Cosenza break down the crushing loss to the Steelers and preview the upcoming matchup against the Chiefs. We’re taking a bunch of listener questions this week, so shoot yours our way! Well, the Cincinnati Bengals just didn’t have enough magic this week against their old foes. They made a nice run of things at the end, but Ben Roethlisberger twisted the knife in Cincinnati’s hearts once again. We’re back this week to break down the loss and what’s ahead for the 4-2 Bengals. In the immediate future, Cincinnati is prepping for an extremely difficult game...
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The Debrief: Injured secondary and Vontaze Burfict

The Debrief: Injured secondary and Vontaze Burfict

The Cincinnati Bengals head into Sunday’s game with a depleted secondary. And people have opinions on Vontaze Burfict. 1) Mounting injuries in the secondary. Cincinnati’s secondary could face a significant shortage this weekend. Speculation mounts that cornerback Darqueze Dennard and safety Shawn Williams may sit Sunday’s primetime contest against Kansas City. Dennard (sternoclavicular) and Williams (concussion) missed Wednesday’s practice, while backup safety Clayton Fejedelem, who replaced Williams last week against Pittsburgh, was listed as a limited participant. Another...
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Wednesday injury report: Cincinnati is really banged up

Wednesday injury report: Cincinnati is really banged up

Andy Dalton, Carlos Dunlap and Cordy Glenn were among a host of Bengals on the Wednesday injury report. The good news is John Ross went full. The Bengals had a loaded injury report on Wednesday, which even included Andy Dalton. Don’t panic, however, as Dalton was listed as a full participant while dealing with a back issue. This is the first time Dalton has popped up on the injury report in 2018, so it must have been something he sustained Sunday against the Steelers. The best news to come out of Wednesday was John Ross (groin) getting a full workload in. That bodes well for him making a...
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Bengals at Chiefs primer: Stats and facts for Sunday Night Football

Bengals at Chiefs primer: Stats and facts for Sunday Night Football

Everything you need to know for when the Bengals take on the Chiefs for Sunday Night Football. The AFC North-leading Bengals will get to show how they respond to a punch in the gut in front of all of America on Sunday Night football in a midwestern battle against the Chiefs. Following another tough loss at home to the Steelers, there’s still a lot that Marvin Lewis’ team has a lot to prove. But they can only forward, and their next step is finally putting their prime time struggles behind them. It will be anything but easy though, as the Chiefs are looking to respond to their first...
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Bengals OL Billy Price sheds walking boot but still no timetable for return

Bengals OL Billy Price sheds walking boot but still no timetable for return

A positive update on the Bengals’ first-round pick. The Bengals are still waiting to get their first-round pick back from injury, a common theme in recent years. Thankfully, the foot injury that Billy Price suffered in Week 2 isn’t expected to cost him most of his rookie season like we saw with William Jackson, Cedric Ogbuehi and John Ross in recent years. Price, who is battling a foot injury, had good news on his progress during an open locker room session with the media on Wednesday. Billy Price said it was good news from the reevaluation. He’s out of the walking boot. But...
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Patrick Mahomes’ ability to create will test the limits of Cincinnati’s defense

Patrick Mahomes’ ability to create will test the limits of Cincinnati’s defense

Mahomes has an incredible ability to use his legs to make plays with his arm. Sure, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is a talented player who can make plays in the vertical passing game and on RPOs, but it is his ability to create that sets him apart. Mahomes can use his legs to extend plays and when he gets out of the pocket he does an incredible job throwing the ball from unconventional body positions. Mahomes drops back on this red-zone play. Not finding an open man, he ducks inside the edge defender to his left, they b-lines towards the pylon. Broncos safety Darian Stewart is not...
Oct 17, 2018
4 Improvements the Bengals need to make to win in the playoffs

4 Improvements the Bengals need to make to win in the playoffs

The Bengals are 4-2, but they need to start making some changes if fans are supposed to believe this team is actually going to lead to different results. The Bengals are coming off a brutal loss to the Steelers, but they are still 4-2 on the season and remain in first place in the AFC North. There are plenty of teams that would kill to be in the same position as the Bengals, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things they can’t do better though, especially if they want to make a postseason run. Here are some things the Bengals should focus on improving if they want to keep hope alive...
Oct 17, 2018
Bengals Bytes (10/17): Is this going to be the Chiefs biggest game of the season?

Bengals Bytes (10/17): Is this going to be the Chiefs biggest game of the season?

This could be a huge game for more than just the Bengals on Sunday Night Football. Hobson's Choice: On To K.C.Wide receivers Tyler Boyd and Cody Core had the third-down drops and A.J. Green dropped two other balls. That won’t help Core in his bid to get more snaps. What’s wrong with the WRs? I think big-picture wise they’re playing pretty well. Even with that drop (and profootballfocus.com says it wasn’t a drop), Boyd trails only two Pro Bowlers, DeAndre Hopkins and Antonio Brown, for the most third-down catches in the AFC. PFF has Boyd for no drops. Yeah, Green dropped two, but I...
Oct 17, 2018
Weekly Lineman: Analyzing why the Bengals pass rush couldn’t take down Big Ben

Weekly Lineman: Analyzing why the Bengals pass rush couldn’t take down Big Ben

The Bengals pass rush was non-existent against the Steelers...or was it? Building the modern NFL team revolves around three crucial aspects: finding a quarterback, finding players to stop the quarterback from passing, and finding players to stop the quarterback’s passes. Finding a quarterback remains the most challenging and valuable task to accomplish, but the other two can vary depending on who you talk to. On Sunday, the Bengals had two these aspects working for them against the Steelers, but the absence of one hurt them more than I previously thought. The Bengals failed to sack...
Oct 16, 2018
The problems and possible solutions to the Bengals’ lack of success vs. the Steelers

The problems and possible solutions to the Bengals’ lack of success vs. the Steelers

Cincinnati just can’t get past the Steelers. Why does this continue to be an annual issue? Another game against the Steelers, another collapse by the Cincinnati Bengals. These losses keep getting harder to explain and to swallow. Because of this, it’s caused many of us to re-examine the rivalry and ask why things are so unbalanced in such a heated rivalry. My colleague, Josh Kirkendall already summed up what happened on Sunday very well. We won’t harp too much on it specifically, but rather attempt to provide some sort of plan or alterations to what the Bengals have been doing to...
Oct 16, 2018
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs

Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs

Use this to keep track of everything related to Bengals vs. Chiefs in NFL Week 7. The Cincinnati Bengals will be on the road in Week 7 to face the Kansas City Chiefs. Based on how the first six weeks of the season has gone, this may very well be the biggest challenge Cincinnati faces in 2018. The Chiefs have stormed out of the gates en route to a 5-1 record, and the lone defeat was a 43-40 thriller at New England this past week. Even with that setback, the Chiefs are for real and should be considered the favorite to win the AFC. That’s why this is a major test for the Bengals, not to...
Oct 16, 2018
7 things we learned from the Bengals’ first 6 games of the 2018 season

7 things we learned from the Bengals’ first 6 games of the 2018 season

The Bengals are 4-2 after in their first six games of the regular season. What have we learned? The Bengals are 4-2 and currently sitting at the top of the AFC North, so a lot of experts out there probably feel like idiots right now. Even though many of the players this year were also a part of last years’ disappointing 7-9 team, there is a different feel to the Bengals in 2018. By this time last season, the Bengals were 2-3 going into their Week 6 bye, and had only recently started scoring touchdowns. Their breakout game came against the Browns, who would go on to win zero games by the...