PITTSBURGH - As always, the AFC North comes down to turnovers and the Steelers won the 2014 crown Sunday night at Heinz Field when the Bengals were driving for the winning touchdown and cornerback Antwon Blake ripped the ball from wide receiver A.J. Green at the Steelers 30 with 3:51 left to preserve Pittsburgh’s 27-17 victory Sunday night at Heinz Field.
The Bengals and Steelers have played out about every scenario imaginable in their long, colorful series that’s as old as the merger and as young as Jeremy Hill and Le’Veon Bell. Except this one Sunday night (8:30-Cincinnati’s Channel 5) at Heinz Field. In honor of a an old-fashioned championship game with no strings attached, the Bengals.com Media Roundtable has confined this last regular-season session to the cities’ major newspapers
The Bengals survived the Terrible Ten Minutes against the Steelers to fight another day. This day. Sunday (8:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5) at Heinz Field in the game to keep the AFC North title in the last game of the year.
Quarterback Andy Dalton (illness) returned on a full-time basis and wide receiver A.J. Green (bicep) returned in a limited role when the Bengals practiced Thursday.
In this final article we will take a look back at the season and see who ended up being a winner, a loser, a sleeper, and a bust in fantasy football this year.
Want a good debate? With 1,024 rushing yards heading into Sunday’s AFC North title game (8:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5) in Pittsburgh, Jeremy Hill is as good as choice as any for the Bengals MVP.
Adam Jones got a vote of confidence from Kevin Huber...Wallace Gilberry was immense Monday as the Bengals pass rush showed signs of life...Dre Kirkpatrick came off the bench to AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
This is how good A.J. Green and Kevin Huber had to be this season to be named to the 2015 Pro Bowl. Huber becomes the first Bengals punter to be named since Pat McInally got the call in 1981 and Green made it for the fourth straight season even though he has played in just nine full games out of 15 because of injury.
Domata Peko and Andrew Whitworth, the class officers still around from the draft of 2006, have been here before. But it feels a little different after Monday night’s 37-28 victory over a Hall-of-Fame exhibit.
With Bengaldom savoring its franchise-record fourth straight playoff appearance, the Bengals are on the brink of a second straight AFC North title and a Wild Card Game at Paul Brown Stadium where tickets are on sale.
The Bengals personnel department held its first extensive meetings this week as it began to rank college seniors. Then they took a break Monday night and watched the club’s three latest draft boards have a major say in the 37-28 win over the Broncos that put them in the playoffs for a fourth straight season:
The Bengals 2014 season had everything but a signature win and on Monday Night in front of the prime-time gremlins it was fitting that cornerback Adam Jones supplied the flourish in the 37-28 victory over the Broncos in front of the third biggest crowd in Paul Brown Stadium history. No one loves the bright lights more and guys like Jeremy Hill joined in.
For the second time this season and in his career Monday night, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was held without a catch in a game because of injury. After gingerly putting on his jacket one-handed, he walked out of Paul Brown Stadium saying he thinks he can play in next Sunday’s AFC North title game (8:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5) in Pittsburgh.
In a driving rain the Bengals’ relentless special teams and their resilient defense carried their limping offense into the postseason when they teamed to give the Bengals a 37-28 victory over Denver Monday night before a delirious crowd of 66,107 at dancing and drenched Paul Brown Stadium.
We knew deep down the day the schedule came out back in April, but now it’s official. No matter what happens Monday night against Denver at Paul Brown Stadium (8:30-ESPN and Cincinnati’s Channel 5) the Bengals play for the AFC North tittle in Pittsburgh next Sunday.
After three losses by at least three touchdowns to teams in the middle of the AFC playoff chase, the North leading Bengals (9-4-1) play one of those referendum games Monday night (8:30-ESPN Cincinnati’s Channel 5) at Paul Brown Stadium against Peyton Manning’s 11-3 Broncos. A victory does even more than that and qualifies them for the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
The Bengals got some good news when they returned to the practice field Saturday morning at Paul Brown Stadium and SAM linebacker Emmanuel Lamur was in the stretching line with his helmet. Lamur, who left Sunday’s game in Cleveland with a hamstring injury, was limited and classified as doubtful, but it looks like he’s got a chance to play Monday (8:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 and ESPN) against Denver.
Vincent Rey is a smart man. He’s got his degree from Duke University, he’s a scholar athlete from the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Bengals just tapped him as their Man of the Year nominee for this year‘s Walter Payton Award. So he knows it’s a bit backward to declare before Monday night’s game (8:30-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 and ESPN) against one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever lived that the key is shutting down the run. Madness, right? No one dead or alive has thrown more TD passes than Peyton Manning.
When the Bengals’ 30-0 victory in Cleveland last Sunday hit half the nation’s homes, Corey Dillon caught some of Jeremy Hill’s act in between driving the kids and driving the golf ball in Malibu, Calif., and the club’s all-time leading rusher approved.
Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green sat out Thursday’s practice with nothing major and it’s believed he should be back to work Friday with the guess that he’s fighting illness.
The Pro Bowl team is announced Friday and even though the numbers say Andrew Whitworth should be on it, he's thinking more about playoffs and what he's learned from Peyton Manning in the one Pro Bowl he did go to.
The fantasy football season is a marathon, not a sprint. But like any race, there comes a point where you have to dig deep and push out every last bit of strength you have to edge out a win over your opponent.
The last three AFC champs averaged a combined 34 rushes in their play-off wins on the way to the Super Bowl. The Bengals have used that formula in their biggest wins of the season.
Yes, Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther wanted Sunday’s shutout badly and he got it when his unit finished off the game as opposed to the Sunday before when they allowed more than 200 yards in the fourth quarter.
CLEVELAND - Hemingway called it “grace under pressure.” No doubt Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson would say it was simply execution. But his steel-belted game plan for Sunday’s 30-point domination of the Browns was much more than that.
CLEVELAND - Mike Nugent got back to his locker after his three field goals helped navigate the Bengals to a 30-0 victory over the Browns and he knew what the text from his dad probably would have said.
CLEVELAND - With the season on the line, the Bengals defense went out and made a money grab Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium when they hijacked Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel’s first NFL start in the third greatest stand in franchise history during the 30-0 victory that put them a win away from their fourth straight postseason with two games left.
CLEVELAND - At 9-4-1,the Bengals have yet to clinch a thing in the AFC playoff scramble. A Bengals' win combined with a loss by Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or San Diego puts them in their fourth straight postseason and they got the loss when Denver beat San Diego Sunday night as the Bengals pulled into Paul Brown Stadium Sunday night.