Dalton Not Happy About ‘BB Gun’ Comments From J.J. Watt

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton rarely colors outside the lines in press conferences. For the most part of his career, he’s stuck to the basic talking points and avoided controversy at all costs, Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

For all the talk about this being a different Dalton this year, maybe never was that more apparent than when he used his postgame press conference to offer a frustrated reaction to comments J.J. Watt made about him on the Monday Night Football postgame show.

On the show, Watt took a shot at Dalton, nicknamed the Red Rifle.

“Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder BB Gun, and I think we did that tonight,” Watt said.

Whether playful trash talk or not, Dalton took offense and offered his opinion on the comments loud and clear.

“I’m disappointed in him because of the integrity of this game,” Dalton said. “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a really good player. There are a lot of kids and people who look up to him, and for him to make comments like that, he’s just showing that’s acceptable to say that kind of stuff. It’s disappointing for one of the best players in the league to come out and say something like that, so that’s all I’m going to say about that. I think he’s a good player, but for him to be one of the best in the league and to show that integrity, it shows what he’s about, and that’s disappointing.”

Browns at Bengals NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s the inactives for tonight’s Browns at Bengals game in Cincinnati.

Browns inactives: QB Josh McCown, WR Andrew Hawkins, CB Joe Haden, S Donte Whitner, S Jordan Poyer, WR Brian Hartline and LB Jayson DiManche.

Bengals inactives: WR Mario Alford, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, LB Rey Maualuga, OT Andre Smith, TE C.J. Uzomah, DT Marcus Hardison, DT Pat Sims

NFL Week Nine Preview – Cleveland at Cincinnati

Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel will get a chance at redemption Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium for what was an awful outing in his NFL debut last season in a 30-0 loss to the Bengals.

Not many people are giving Cleveland much of a shot against the 7-0 Bengals, but for Manziel and the Browns they are just looking to put a full 60 minutes together after another tough loss last week at home.

“Johnny has worked hard to prepare himself,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “He is excited about his opportunity and we are all looking forward to the challenge we face in a good Bengals football team.”

The Browns with Josh McCown at QB last week led the Arizona Cardinals 20-7 at one point before the Cards came storming back, topping Cleveland 34-20 to drop the Browns to 2-6.

Now with McCown out with a variety of injuries and Manziel back under center, he’s hoping to lead the team to their third win of the year against a very good Bengals defense.

Last December in Manziel’s first NFL start at home vs the Bengals, the QB threw for 80 yards, threw two interceptions and was beaten up badly in a 30-0 loss.

Manziel needs some sort of run game in order to pull off the upset, which is asking for a lot from a team that is ranked 29th rushing, and has scored just two rushing touchdowns.

The former Texas A&M QB needs to avoid turnovers and needs a lot of help from a Browns defense that is 30th in the NFL, allowing just over 400 yards per game.

Andy Dalton and the Bengals won their biggest game of the season Sunday in Pittsburgh, beating the Steelers 16-10 after trailing all afternoon until the final minutes when the QB found A.J. Green with the winning score.

“Just the way that this season has played out, there’s times we’ve had to come back and we’ve been able to do it, and that does build confidence,” Dalton said. “If you prove you can do it, then there won’t be any doubt that you can do it again.”

At 7-0 for the first time ever, it seems that if the Bengals can harass Manziel enough into a couple mistakes, and hand the ball off a bunch to Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard, there’s no reason to think Cleveland can keep this a game for more than a half.

While Manziel will look to play better, Dalton will try to rebound from the worst game of his career last season when the teams met in Cincy.

Dalton was picked off three times while going 10 of 33 for 86 yards and a career-low 2.0 rating back on November 6th.

This time, he’ll likely have more than 86 yards in the first quarter, and the Bengals should easily roll to be the 33rd team in NFL history to reach 8-0.

Cincinnati 34 Cleveland 14

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Cleveland – Johnny Manziel 118 yards 1 rushing TD, Isaiah Crowell 39 yards rushing 1 TD, Gary Barnidge 48 yards receiving
Cincinnati – Andy Dalton 312 yards 3 TD’s, Jeremy Hill 121 yards 1 TD, A.J. Green 110 yards receiving 1 TD

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Bengals vs Steelers NFL Week Eight Inactives

Arizona Cardinals v Pittsburgh Steelers

Bengals inactives: WR Mario Alford, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, LB P.J. Dawson, TE C.J. Uzomah, DT Marcus Hardison, DT Brandon Thompson, DE Margus Hunt

Steelers inactives: QB Michael Vick, WR Tyler Murphy, S Will Allen, LB Terence Garvin, OT Byron Stingily, TE Jesse James, DE Stephon Tuitt

Bengals at Steelers Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday T Andrew Whitworth (not injury related)
  Wednesday CB Leon Hall (back)
Practice Report
  Wednesday LB Terence Garvin (knee), CB William Gay (shoulder), LB James Harrison (not injury related), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), TE Matt Spaeth (not injury related), DE Stephon Tuitt (knee)
  Wednesday S Will Allen (ankle), QB Michael Vick (hamstring)
  Wednesday QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee)

Bengals vs Steelers NFL Week Eight Capsule

Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers



STREAKS   8 of past 10
COACHES VS. OPP. Marvin Lewis: 7-18 Mike Tomlin: 12-4
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 6: W 34-21 at Buffalo) L 23-13 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 12/28/14: Bengals 17 at Steelers 27. Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown has 7 receptions for 128 yards & TD. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger throws for 317 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET) Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Cin.), 82 (Pit.). XM: 82 (Pit.).


PASSING Dalton: 130-193-1761-14-2-116.1 (1L) Roethlisberger: 67-89-912-4-2-113.1 OR

Jones: 24-41-377-3-2-93.2

RUSHING Bernard: 77-427-5.5-2 Bell: 103-511 (1C)-5.0-3
RECEIVING Green: 35-531-15.2-3 Brown: 46-671 (3C)-14.6-2
OFFENSE 410.3 (3L) 348.1
DEFENSE 370.7 376.6
SACKS Dunlap: 6.5 (T1L) Tuitt: 3.5
INTs A. Jones: 2 5 tied: 1
PUNTING Huber: 47.9 Berry: 43.8
KICKING Nugent: 42 (21/22 PAT; 7/9 FG) Boswell: 26 (5/5 PAT; 7/7 FG)


BENGALS: Are 6-0 for 3rd time in club history & 1st time since 1988 AFC Championship season. Aim to reach 7-0 for 1st time ever…QB ANDY DALTON (22) needs 1 road win to tie HOFer DAN MARINO (23), BEN ROETHLISBERGER (23) & MATT RYAN (23) for most road wins by starting QB in 1st 5 seasons during SB era (since 1966). Passed for 243 yards & 3 TD vs. 0 INTs for 118.6 rating vs. Buf in Wk. 6. Has 115+ rating in 5 of past 6. Aims for 4th in row vs. Steelers with 2 TDs…In 7 career road starts, RB JEREMY HILL has 632 scrimmage yards (580 rush, 52 rec.) & 5 total TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.). RB GIOVANI BERNARD is averaging 91 scrimmage yards/game (427 rush, 73 rec.; 546 total)…In past 5 vs. Pit, WR A.J. GREEN has 44 catches for 556 yards & TD. TE TYLER EIFERT is tied for 1st in NFL with 6 TD catches & aims for 3rd in row with TD…DT GENO ATKINS has sack in 4 of past 6. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads AFC DTs with 36 sacks…STEELERS: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has won 8 of past 10 starts vs. Cin. & has passed for 2,449 yards with 13 TDs vs. 8 INTs for 90.2 rating. QB LANDRY JONES aims for 3rd in row with TD pass…In 3 career meetings, RB LE’ VEON BELL is averaging 147.3 scrimmage yards per game (262 rush, 180 rec., 442 total) & has 4 total TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.). In past 11 overall, is averaging 148.7 scrimmage yards per game & has 11 total TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.), incl. 137 yards last week…In past 7 vs. own division, WR ANTONIO BROWN has 51 catches for 755 yards & 3 TDs. Since 2013, leads NFL in catches (285) & rec. yards (3,868). In 12/7/14 meeting, WR MARTAVIS BRYANT had 4 catches for 109 yards, incl. 94-yard TD. 1 of 2 players in NFL history with 88+ yard TD catch in each of 1st 2 seasons (GUS TINSLEY, 1937-38). Has 11 TDs in 12 career games…LB RYAN SHAZIER has 1.5 sacks in past 2 & aims for 3rd in row with .5+ sack. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 54 tackles. LB BUD DUPREE leads AFC rookies with 3 sacks

Bengals at Bills NFL Week Six Inactives

Cincinnati (5-0) at Buffalo (3-2)
Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Bengals inactives: WR Greg Little, WR Mario Alford, CB Leon Hall, TE C.J. Uzomah, DT Marcus Hardison, DT Pat Sims, DE Margus Hunt

Bills inactives: Tyrod Taylor, WR Percy Harvin, RB Karlos Williams, DB Josh Bush, OL Gabe Ikard, WR Marcus Easley, DT Alex Carrington

Bengals Improve to 4-0; Top Chiefs 36-21 in Cincinnati

Kansas City Chiefs v Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are doing it on both sides of the ball, and one quarter into the 2015 season they look like a team on a mission. Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium their offense was in sync with their defense as they lowered the boom on the Kansas City Chiefs with a 36-21 win.

The now 4-0 Bengals matched the third-best start in franchise history, two wins shy of the club record.

Andy Dalton sparked the Bengals offense with another big day, going 17-for-24 for 321 yards and a long TD to wide out Brandon Tate.

”It’s what we expect from this offense,” Dalton said. ”We’ve got everybody back, we’re healthy. We’ve done a great job so far getting to 4-0.”

The Bengals D did the job against Chiefs QB Alex Smith and the KC offensive line. They got to Smith five times, and it didn’t seem like a big deal that the Chiefs got a club-record seven field goals from Cairo Santos.

“It feels good, man, to win at home and still be undefeated, but it’s still a long season,” Vincent Rey said.

“We’re only a quarter of the way through. We do all this work in the offseason for now, for these games, and we’ve got 75 percent of the games left It seems like the season is going real fast already, but we’ll be in (Monday) and we’ll be in ready to work. We want to get better.”

Smith was 31 of 45 for 386 yards, but was under pressure much of the time. The Chiefs came into the game with an NFL-high 14 sacks allowed and gave up five more.

”We knew with Alex Smith, he kind of panics like any quarterback when he gets pressure in his face,” said tackle Domata Peko.

“Alex Smith was on his back a lot today, and that was a key thing.”

The Bengals got a solid day on the ground from their two top running backs, Gio Bernard (62 yards) and Jeremy Hill (40 yards 3 touchdowns).

The team seems to be doing it on both offense and defense, something we’ve not seen in quite some time.

“I can say this is the first time in a long time that the offense and defense are clicking,” Rey Maualuga said.

“There are some games way back when, last year, where the offense is clicking and the defense is not, the defense is clicking but the offense is not. The offense puts us in a great situation to hold the ball, give them back the ball and go downfield and score some points.”