Wk 17: Bengals advance to playoffs after winning AFC North

Week 17: Ravens @ Bengals - It all comes down to one game. The winner captures the AFC North division title, and the loser most likely will be miss the playoffs. The Bengals defeated the Ravens earlier in the season in Week 12 (31-23), but needed a late rally to capture the road win at M&T Bank Stadium

WK 1: at NY Jets, Bengals won 21-13
WK 2: at Pittsburgh, Sun, 1:00 pm
WK 3: Denver, Sun, 1:00 pm
WK 4: Miami, Thu, 8:25 pm

Rd 1, Pick 24 – CB, William Jackson III (OVR 72)
Rd 2, Pick 24 – WR, Tyler Boyd (OVR 71)
Rd 3, Pick 24 – ILB, Nick Vigil (OVR 66)
Rd 4, Pick 24 – DT, Andrew Billings (OVR 72)

Team Feed

Wk 16: Bengals own worse enemy in damaging loss

HOUSTON, TX — (Week 16) The Cincinnati Bengals playoff hopes suffered a setback on Christmas Eve at Reliant Stadium against the Houston Texans. After trailing for much of the game, the Texans slowly crept back and with six second left to play in the game, Nick Novak nailed a go-ahead field goal from 46 yards to lift Houston past Cincinnati 27-26.


Novak hadn’t missed a field goal all season, and he wasn’t going to allow his first miss to damage his own team’s playoff chances.

“I live for those moments,” said Novak, who hit from three other field goals of 46, 40, and 24 yards. “We’ve fought all season long, and I wasn’t about to let my team down.”

Novak has to thank quarterback Brandon Weeden for the chance at the game-winning field goal. Facing a 4th and long, with under a minute remaining, Weeden found receiver Deandre Hopkins down the middle for a huge first down — moving the Texans into range for Novak.

The Bengals were left wondering how they lost a game they seemingly were in control of. They need only look back at the third quarter when led 23-17 and had a chance to go up by 9 (26-17), but were driven out of field goal range due to their own bad play-calling.

With 6:57 remaining in the third, the Bengals had 1st and 10 on the Texans’ 28 yard line. A delay of game penalty pushed them back to the 33, and following two run plays that netted only six yards, they faced a 3rd and 14. On the third down play, Dalton was sacked for an 11 yard loss, pushing them out of field goal range, and leading to a punt. It would be the key fail for the Bengals.

Wk 15: Bengals defend home turf

CINCINNATI, OH — The Cincinnati Bengals bounced back from a disappointing loss to Cleveland last week to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 14. The victory helps the Bengals to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot while the Steelers fell further behind in the AFC North standings.


The Bengals, who improved to 8-6, scored twice in the first half: Giovanni Bernard’s 1-yard run in the first quarter, and a 65-yard connection between quarterback Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green in the second quarter. The Steelers were held to two field goals by kicker C Boswell (43 yards, 31 yards) in the first half.

It would not be until the fourth quarter when Ben Roethlisberger threw his first touchdown pass — which sparked a rally.

With 7:59 remaining to play, Roethlisberger threw a 25-yard strike to Sammy Coates to trim the Bengals’ lead to 17-12, but a 2-point conversion was thwarted by Cincinnati. Later in the quarter with less than a minute to play, disaster struck during a potential game-winning drive when the Steelers fumbled at Cincinnati’s 27 yard line. The turnover effectively ended the game as Cincinnati went on to run out the clock.

Roethlisberger would finish with a 99.4 rating (29-for-41, 298 yards, TD), and Dalton threw for 148 yards, a TD and one interception.


Week 13: Bengals momentum stalled by Eagles

CINCINNATI, OH — Quarterback Carson Wentze continued an impressive rookie season by taking his Philadelphia Eagles into Paul Brown Stadium and walking away with a deceive 27-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Wentze passed for 198 yards and threw for a touchdown to put pressure on the Bengals after the Baltimore Ravens’ defeated Miami 35-14 — leading to a tie between the Ravens and Bengals atop the AFC North division.

Andy Dalton saw himself outplayed by the rookie Wentze. Dalton passed for 140 yards, a TD, but also threw two picks and finished with a dismal QB rating of 43.7. Wentze finished with a rating of 104.8

The teams played evenly through the first two quarters and ended the first half 10-10. But, the Eagles defense stepped up, helped by Dalton’s mistakes, to shutout Cincinnati in the second half.

While the Bengals offense stalled in the second half, the Eagles offense kept churning out points. Darren Sproles, who has replaced an injured Ryan Mathews in the backfield, scored twice on runs of 7 yards, and 4 yards.

Week 12: Bengals distance themselves from the pack

BALTIMORE, MD — The Cincinnati Bengals scored seventeen points in the fourth quarter and rallied to defeat the Baltimore Ravens 31-23 at M&T Bank Stadium.

The victory strenghtens the Bengals’ playoff position with 5 weeks remaining in the season while the Ravens regroup and try to figure out how to win at home —  having failed to win on their home field since Week 5.

Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton recovered from throwing two interceptions and passed for two scores and 366 yards. Dalton’s biggest completion was a 99-yard strike to A.J. Green with eighteen seconds remaining in the first half. The touchdown gave Cincinnati a 14-13.

Green would finish with 185 reception yards on five catches.

The final quarter belonged to the Bengals: Tight end C.J. Uzomah hauled in his first TD reception of his career, FB Ryan Hewitt bulldozed in from six yards out, and kicker Mike Nugent nailed a 47-yarder.

League Updates

Week 15: Teams punch playoff tickets

NFL_logoWhen Week 15 ended, three teams could think ahead to the playoffs: Chiefs, Cowboys, and Seahawks. The Cowboys backed into a spot after the Eagles lost, and the Seahawks made it after they won their second straight game. The Chiefs clinched two weeks prior.

WK 14: If the Playoffs started today


Entering the games of Week 14, here is the playoff picture if the postseason started today:

AFC Best record: Chiefs
Division Winners: Bengals, Bills, Texans, and Chiefs
Wild Card: Patriots, Ravens

NFC Best Record: Cowboys
Division Winners: Seahawks, Cowboys, Panther, Packers
Wild Card: Giants, Eagles

WK 14: Passing Leaders

Entering Week 12, here’s a look at the league leaders in passing yards:

1 Drew Brees, NO, 3,535
2 Eli Manning, NYG, 3,497
3 Aaron Rodgers, GB, 3,350
4 Blake Bortles, JAX, 3,280
5 Kirk Cousins, WAS, 3,272


WK 14: Can Niners make it 2 in a row?

Jets vs Niners, Sunday, 4:05 pm

New York has struggled to a 3-8-1 record, Ryan Fitzpatrick is out for the season with a foot fracture, and the team has won only one of its last four games. The Niners (1-11) ended their winless streak with the help of their backfield (2 rushing TD). The Jets have the 6th best rushing defense — so the Niners key to a second win could be hampered.


WK13 – Niners no longer winless

Week 13 – The Chicago Bears lost to San Francisco 19-13 at Soldier Field to give the 49ers their first victory on the 2016 season. After 10 painful weeks for Niners fans, they can celebrate for once. Running backs Carlos Hyde and Shaun Draughn scored a rushing TD each, and Blaine Gabbert passed for 249 yards to lead San Francisco.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears

Week 7: Niners last winless team

49ers logoThe 49ers (0-7) remain the final winless team of the 2016 season. They lost to Tampa Bay 10-7. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw 2 picks (no TDs) in the loss at San Francisco. The next three chances for the 49ers to capture their first win:

Week 8: Bye week
Week 9: Saints
Week 10: @ Cardinals

Week 7: Jets capture first win of season

new-york-jets-logoThe New York Jets defense picked off Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco three times to help the Jets end their winless season. The 45-21 beat down of Baltimore dropped the Ravens to 5-2 and allowed Cincinnati, who won in OT against the Browns, to close to within one game of first place in the AFC North. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 260 yards, and 2 TDs in the win.

Week 6: Passing Leaders

Tony Romo (111.2 QBR) looks healthy and is showing it. He leads the league in passing TD (19), and trails only Cam Newton (112.1 RTG) for the best QB-rating. Here are the passing leaders (yards):

Matt Ryan, ATL, 1,716
Carson Palmer, ARZ, 1,715
Tony Romo, DAL, 1,713
Ben Roethlesberger, PIT, 1,704
Philips Rivers, SD, 1,693


Week 6: Rushing Leaders

Dallas Cowboys HB Ezekiel Elliot has rushed for a league-leading 577 yards rushing. The rookie from Ohio State has lived up to his billing. Here are the top 5 rushers through Week 6 (yards):

Ezekiel Elliot, DAL, 577
Devonta Freeman, TB, 534
Jamaal Charles, KC, 534
Lesean McCoy, BUF, 534
Charles Sims III, IND, 498


Week 6: Winless 49ers searching for answers

49ers logoThe San Francisco 49ers (0-6)are the only other winless team after six weeks of action. Tied with the NY Giants (3-3) in allowing the most points on defense (189), they also are ranked second worse in scoring with only 83 points (the Titans are last with 73). San Francisco will try to get back on track against the Buccaneers in Week 7.

Week 6: Jets in Death Spiral early in Season

The New York Jets were expected to do great things this season, but they have been anything but ‘great’. The Jets (0-6) remained winless after losing 28-24 to Arizona . And what about offseason-headliner QB Ryan Fitzpatrick? He’s thrown for 1,114 yards (NFL 26th), 6 TD, and 5 INT. He has a QB rating of 74.5. And, their defense ranks near the bottom having allowed the 3rd most yards (2,381 total yds allowed).


Week 1: AFC North Winners and Losers

AFC-logoBaltimore 28, Buffalo 27
Joe Flacco passed for 299 yds, TD… Ravens WR Steve Smith Jr caught 7 passes for 143 yds. Buffalo split QB duties between Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel.

Philadelphia 31, Cleveland 17
Browns QB Robert Griffin III was sacked 7 times. He finished with a rating of 66.4 (190 yds, TD, INT)

Cincinnati 21, NY Jets 13
Andy Dalton picked up where he left off before his injury in 2015, leading the Bengals to an opening win at New York with a 4th quarter rally.

Washington 35, Pittsburgh 32
The Redskins won the shootout. Kirk Cousins had 5 TD passes and Ben Roethlisberger rung up 4. And they combined for over 580 passing yards. Where’s the defense?

QB Controversy Already in Buffalo?

Buffalo_Bills_logo.svgBaltimore beat Buffalo 28-27 in Week 1 with Joe Flacco leading the Ravens at quarterback (19-for-32, 299 yds, TD). The Bills were led by Tyrod Taylor (11-for-17, 129 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT) and EJ Manuel (8-for-16, 78 yds, TD). Taylor is listed as the 1st string QB. Who will be the team’s leader next week?

Winners and Losers from Week 1

In a rematch of last season’s Superbowl, the Panthers were the victors this time, defeating the Denver Broncos 34-14. Cam Newton stole the spotlight with 3 TD passes, and 29 yds rushing on 8 carries.  At quarterback, Denver split the play-calling between rookie Paxton Lynch (14-25, 95 yds, 2 TD) and Mark Sanchez (7-16, 95 yds, 1 INT).


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