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NFL attendance hits a 15-year low

More people are watching the NFL on TV. Fewer people are watching the NFL in person. According to David Broughton and Andrew Levin of Sports Business Daily, the NFL averaged 66,648 attendees at home games in 2019. That’s the lowest average since 2004. The Cowboys averaged 90,929, leading the league for 11 straight seasons. Fifteen [more]

Michael Thomas, Stephon Gilmore unanimous All-Pro selections

The Associated Press has announced the results of this year’s All-Pro voting and two players were selected as first-team choices by all 50 voters. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas got the unanimous nod after setting a new record for receptions during the 2019 season. Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore joined Thomas in that category. Both players [more]

Zach Thomas, Sam Mills, LeRoy Butler are Hall of Fame finalists for first time

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the modern-era finalists for the Class of 2020 on Thursday night. Seven of the 15 finalists made the list for the first time. The inclusion of first-year eligible players Troy Polamalu and Reggie Wayne was expected. They were joined by five others who previously were eligible for the [more]

Former Bengals, Bucs coach Sam Wyche dies at 74

Sam Wyche was one of a kind among NFL head coaches. He led the Bengals to the Super Bowl in 1988 but perhaps is best known for taking the field microphone during a game against the Seahawks in 1989. With Bengals fans pelting the field with snowballs after an official’s call went against the home [more]

Lions, Bengals staffs to coach Senior Bowl

The Senior Bowl has made it official that the coaching staffs of the Lions and Bengals will coach this year’s game. Typically the Senior Bowl coaching slots go to the two teams highest in the draft order that are retaining their head coaches. Cincinnati picks first in the 2020 draft, Detroit picks third, and No. [more]

With no link to football operations, Patriots’ punishment should be minimal

The league did the right thing by exploring whether the Patriots video crew that filmed Cincinnati’s sideline last month had any connection whatsoever to the New England football operation. The next question is whether the NFL, in the absence of any link, will do the right thing when fashioning a punishment for the Patriots. Mark [more]

William Jackson having shoulder surgery today

The Bengals put cornerback William Jackson on IR last week because of a shoulder issue, and it was apparently a serious one. According to Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Jackson is scheduled to have surgery on his right shoulder today in Houston. His expected timetable for recovery is four to five months. That could [more]

Carlos Dunlap named AFC defensive player of the week

The Bengals won two games during the 2019 season and defensive end Carlos Dunlap came up big in both victories. He had three sacks and six quarterback hits when the Bengals beat the Jets in Week 13 to become the last team to win a game during the 2019 season. He had 2.5 sacks, three [more]

Joe Mixon: Definitely the time to start getting into extension talks

Joe Mixon closed out the regular season by setting a career high in rushing yards as the Bengals beat the Browns to improve their record to 2-14 on the year. That makes three losing records in Mixon’s three years with the team, but that hasn’t soured him on sticking around for the long term. Mixon [more]

Bengals claim Tony Brown off of waivers

The Bengals are at the top of the waiver wire and they used that position to get a jump on offseason roster building. The team announced that they have claimed cornerback Tony Brown off of waivers from the Packers. The Packers waived Brown on Saturday. Brown had 11 tackles in nine games for the Packers [more]

Top 20 spots in 2020 NFL Draft order now set

Only 12 teams are still in business this morning, which means 20 of them are in full offseason mode. At least one of them’s on the clock, but perhaps two as the Bengals’ expected selection of Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow from LSU will clear the way for Washington to pick second from a strong field. [more]

Joe Mixon rushes for career high as Bengals beat Browns 33-23

Joe Mixon has made a season out of playing the Browns. The Bengals running back rushed for a career-best 146 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in Week 14 against Cleveland. He did even better Sunday, rushing for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Mixon, who had touchdown runs of 3 and [more]

Joe Mixon has 103 yards as Bengals lead 20-16 at halftime

The Bengals have only one win, but they haven’t quit. They are giving the Browns all they want and more Sunday in a game with no playoff implications. Cincinnati leads 20-16 at halftime. Joe Mixon has 15 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown, which is 33 yards more than Andy Dalton has passing. Dalton [more]

2020 promises a who’s who of free-agent quarterbacks

As the 2019 regular season ends, an irregular 2020 offseason could be looming. Free agency currently promises to consist of a laundry list of quarterbacks with recognizable names. And while contracts done (and/or tags applied) between now and the middle of March could remove some of the names from the list, plenty of veteran quarterbacks [more]

Joe Mixon has 78 yards, touchdown already

Joe Mixon is having a day, closing in on 100 yards in the first quarter. The Bengals running back has seven carries for 78 yards and a touchdown. He has 100-yard games in two of his past three games. His 3-yard touchdown run came after a near-pick-six by cornerback Darius Phillips after Jarvis Landry fell [more]

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