Hilton (Bengals), Haden (Steelers) And The AFC North Culture Wars
Joe Haden, the Steelers estimable cornerback, had just stepped off the practice field Thursday prepping for Sunday's 18th career game against the Bengals at Heinz Field (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) and he wasn't surprised to hear that old friend Mike Hilton is inspiring the Cincinnati defense this week.
Quick Hits: Monday Night Win Over Steelers Became Bengals Recruiting Poster
With the Steelers up on Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) at Heinz Field, the Bengals are trying to replicate what they did back on December in a Monday night game at Paul Brown Stadium. It was a decisive 27-17 victory with a third-string quarterback over a playoff team in a breakthrough moment for not only the locker room but, as it turned out, for some prospective free agents.
Improving Jackson Carman Has The Bengals Humming
Jackson Carman, the fast-tracking homegrown rookie right guard and man for all seasons who can also play tackle, sing country and play classical, may have to multi-task again if he gets his first NFL start against the Steelers Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in the Bengals' annual jam session at Heinz Field.