Bengals DEF focuses on tackling this week

Then they’ll play the Browns, with Josh McCown presumably at quarterback, followed by the hapless 49ers in San Francisco.


Last year, the Bengals were the AFC North’s second-place team. The Broncos, Patriots and Bengals are all sitting alone at the top of their divisions.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) pulls in a pass…

SMITH’S BIG DAY: Steve Smith cast aside his lofty numbers because it came in a losing effort. And for the most part, the offensive line has been excellent.

Cincy’s success thus far has been fueled by the play of Andy Dalton.

“We spoke, and I talked to most all the guys – pretty much – as much as you can in a short period of time”, Harbaugh said. We’ll see if he can keep it going in week four against the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers secondary. It’s why they’ll show a three-receiver set, but it’s all about isolating their 15-year veteran in man coverage.

For the past decade, the real black hole in Oakland has existed at wide receiver.

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap has his eye on breaking the all-time single-season sack record. Where the Bengals stand through six games should be a better barometer of how good this team is than after only three games against unimposing opposition. Can Julio Jones put together a full 16-game season? The only explanation is that he was designed by a scientist who wants to exact revenge on the world’s cornerbacks. What’s more, they had lost 11 in a row on the road.

A victory won’t salvage the season, but at least it’s a start.

The prized pupil so far is Dalton, who is off to the best start of his career.

Flacco got off to a rocky start in Denver this season, only throwing for 117 yards, throwing zero touchdowns and two interceptions. “That’s going to be a physical, bullish kind of game”.

“If he can continue to keep doing what he’s doing, great things are going to happen for us”, offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said. It was their only loss in a 15-1 season as Ben Roethlisberger took over for Wally Pipp, er Maddox, and went 13-0 until Cowher rested him in that finale that was meaningless to the Steelers, who already had earned the No. 1 playoff seed, but meant everything to Buffalo.

“It’s too bad about Baltimore, isn’t it?”

“I don’t know about all that”, Harbaugh said.

I’ve decided no salary amount can stop me from selecting Jones on my team. He also ran for a touchdown for just the 12th time in his career, making him responsible for all four of Cincinnati’s scores.

It’s hard to imagine the coaching staff doesn’t trust Hill.

Those shots are probably warranted. “I made a move, broke a tackle, and I broke away into the open”. That doesn’t lie at Pagano’s feet, but if his team had fallen yesterday, it would be him – and not general manager Ryan Grigson – facing reporters all week.

“Some of them just like being on the f– team!” “It was a big play for us”. Whitworth just got a new deal done.

Although the Dolphins finished. He no doubt hated missing time last week, and now he has something to prove. He had seven carries for 38 yards in the loss to the Bills.

Dalton completed passes of 23, 19 and 31 yards on the drive.

This is the time of year when football fans lose their minds. A first-round pick in 2013, Eifert played well as a rookie before missing almost all of 2014 with a dislocated elbow.

If you felt like passes were getting picked and taken the other direction every 30 seconds, it’s probably because they were. “They brought us in here to win games and we just have to do that”. They have also ranked 8th in sacks (7). The first two weeks had eight total.

Until this year, it had been a decade since Baltimore started 0-2. Dalton has so many weapons.


Given all of two practices to work with the starters, Vick believes he can be effective. Rivers will likely be just another name on a long list of Vikings-fearing quarterbacks come the end of the season. He has been one of the premier players in the league for many years. Over the past two weeks, the Ravens have given up 65 points.

Sep 27 2015 Baltimore MD USA Baltimore Ravens tight end Nick Boyle leaps over Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick after the catch during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports