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David Bakhtiari, Randall Cobb remain out of practice

The Packers opened the week with eight players out of practice and that number dropped to seven on Thursday, although that’s only because the team placed tackle Jason Spriggs on injured reserve. The other seven players who were out on Wednesday remained out on Thursday. That group includes left tackle David Bakhtiari, a player Spriggs [more]

25 years ago, Bengals at Packers gave birth to Brett Favre era

In three days from now, the Bengals return to Lambeau Field for a game against the Packers. Twenty-five years ago yesterday, the Bengals played the Packers there — and the legend of Brett Favre was born. Replacing the injured Don Majkowski on September 20, 1992, in Favre’s first season with the Packers, the second-year player [more]

Andy Dalton on offense: We’re trying to make the easy things easy

Bill Lazor took over as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator last Friday and he’s now charged with finding a way to get an anemic offense into the end zone on a consistent basis. With the season already underway, that’s not going to happen by radically changing the team’s offensive scheme or playbook but by tweaking what’s [more]

NFL should be able to use flexible scheduling at any time

As the league looks for ways to make the presentation of its games more compelling on TV, the league needs to further embrace ways to present more compelling games. Currently, flexible schedule isn’t available until Week Five, and even then it can be used only twice before Week 10. Ideally, the league would have the [more]

Tyler Boyd not sure why Bengals sat him last week

With the firing of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese on Friday, there wasn’t much attention paid to wide receiver Tyler Boyd being a healthy scratch for Thursday night’s loss to the Texans. The 2016 second-round pick had been active for every other game in his brief career and caught 54 passes for 603 yards during his [more]

AJ McCarron: Andy Dalton is Bengals QB, “ride with him”

With one shoe already falling in Cincinnati, the backup shoe is trying to stop the avalanche of criticism. Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron rode to the defense of starter Andy Dalton, and said there’s no sense in the constant chatter about a change at the position. The Bengals have already fired their offensive coordinator after two [more]

Which 0-2 team will make the playoffs?

Week Two officially is over, and more than 25 percent of the NFL has fallen to an 0-2 start. Since, on average, one of every eight 0-2 teams makes it to the playoffs, one of these sad sacks will scratch and claw its was to an inevitable wild-card or divisional road loss. So who will [more]

Tyler Eifert’s dealing with back and knee problems

The Bengals have plenty of problems at the moment, and they’re not getting good news today. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, tight end Tyler Eifert is dealing with back and knee injuries and his status for this weekend’s game against the Packers is “uncertain.” Of course, everything about the Bengals offense is uncertain, since [more]

Yes, not many 0-2 teams make the playoffs

Week Two has (mostly) come and gone, which means it’s time for those who cover the NFL to check the “not many 0-2 teams make the playoffs” box. There’s usually a valid reason for that: Most of the teams who fall to 0-2 are 0-2 for a reason. And the reason is they stink. This [more]

The next move in Cincinnati could be the quarterback

After playing two games only four days apart and scoring a grand total of no touchdowns in 120 minutes of football at home and putting coach Marvin Lewis in the throes of a “near mutiny,” the Bengals changed offensive coordinators. Next, they could be changing quarterbacks. The team insists that quarterback Andy Dalton is safe. [more]

“Near mutiny” forced the hand of Marvin Lewis

So why did Bengals coach Marvin Lewis fire offensive coordinator Ken Zampese? Lewis basically had no choice. After two home games only four days apart and zero touchdowns and nine total points scored, Lewis was facing a “near mutiny,” a league source tells PFT. The normally quiet A.J. Green publicly sounded off, and plenty of [more]

Bill Lazor takes over as Bengals offensive coordinator

Two games without a touchdown were enough to convince the Bengals that it was time to part ways with offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. Zampese was fired on Friday, marking the first time in Marvin Lewis’ 15 seasons as head coach that the team has dispatched a coordinator in the middle of the season. The Bengals [more]

Bengals to fire offensive coordinator Ken Zampese

Two games, zero touchdowns, and now a new offensive coordinator. That’s the situation in Cincinnati, where the Bengals are planning to fire offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. That’s a stunningly fast firing of an offensive coordinator, just five days after the first game of the season. But the Bengals’ [more]

Bengals can easily escape Andy Dalton’s contract after the season

Andy Dalton‘s job is safe, according to a head coach whose job isn’t. If the Bengals decide not to give Marvin Lewis another new contract after his expires after Week 17 and a new coach comes in, what happens to Dalton? Answer: Whatever the Bengals want to happen with Dalton. His Kaepernick-style, year-to-year contract has [more]

Texas TV station cuts away from Texans win before it was over

Call it a modern twist on the Heidi game. A Houston television station cut away from last night’s Texans-Bengals game early, missing the last two seconds. Those two seconds included the Bengals’ wild lateral, as they tried to do whatever they could to avoid the 13-9 loss. But according to David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, [more]

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