CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-1-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-2)
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Lewis: 2-4||Pagano: 0-1|
|LAST WEEK||T 37-37 vs. Panthers||W 33-28 at Texans|
|LAST GAME||12/8/13: Colts 28 at Bengals 42. Cincinnati RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushes for 2 TDs & RB Giovani Bernard adds 99 rushing yards. Bengals WR A.J. Green records 72 receiving yards & TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||11/14/10: Colts 23, Bengals 17. Indianapolis CB Kelvin Hayden records 31-yard INT-TD. Colts TE Jacob Tamme has 7 receptions for 73 yards & RB Javarris James adds rushing TD.|
|BROADCAST||CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). Westwood One: Davis Sims, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 137 (Cin.), 85 (Ind.). XM: 85 (Ind.).|
|PASSING||Dalton: 103-151-1249-6-3-98.4||Luck: 172-260-1987 (1L)-17 (1L)-7-99.6 (3C)|
|RUSHING||Bernard: 86-384-4.5-4 (T3L)||Bradshaw: 60-284-4.7-0|
|RECEIVING||Sanu: 27-354-13.1-3||Hilton: 40 (T2C)-604 (2C)-15.1-1|
|OFFENSE||397.0 (2C)||444.0 (1L)|
|SACKS||Dunlap: 3||3 tied: 3|
|INTs||Iloka, Nelson: 2 (T1C)||3 tied: 2 (T1C)|
|PUNTING||Huber: 42.8||McAfee: 47.5|
|KICKING||Nugent: 46 (13/13 PAT; 11/17 FG)||Vinatieri: 57 (T2L) (21/21 PAT; 12/12 FG)|
BENGALS: In 2 career meetings, QB ANDY DALTON is 2-0 with 539 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.4 rating with rush TD. Bengals are 9-1 when Dalton posts 110+ rating. Has 33-19-1 (.632) record, best win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts)…RB GIOVANI BERNARD is only NFL player with 375+ rush yards (384), 4+ rush TDs (4) & 175+ rec. yards (178) this season. Had career-high 137 rush yards, incl. career-long 89-yard TD, last week. In only career meeting, had 148 scrim. yards (99 rush, 49 rec.)…WR A.J. GREEN aims for 3rd in row with TD vs. Ind. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,147 rec. yards, most in AFC. WR MOHAMED SANU had career-highs in rec. (10) & yards (120), incl. 34-yard TD last week. WR BRANDON TATE had 1st TD of season vs. Car. TE JERMAINE GRESHAM has 2 TDs in 3 career meetings…Since 2012, GENO ATKINS leads NFL DTs with 18.5 sacks. LB EMMANUEL LAMUR leads team with 36 tackles. S REGGIE NELSON has INT in 2 of past 3…COLTS: In only meeting, QB ANDREW LUCK passed for 326 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.1 rating. Aims for 5th in row with 300+ yards. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads AFC QBs with 11 rush TDs…RB TRENT RICHARDSON has rush TD in 2 of past 3, incl. 5-yarder vs. Hou. Scored 1st career rush TD vs. Cin. on 9/16/12 (w/ Cle.). RB AHMAD BRADSHAW leads NFL RBs with 5 TD catches in 2014…WR REGGIE WAYNE (13,985) needs 20 rec. yards to surpass JAMES LOFTON (14,004) for 8th all-time. In past 2 at home, has 14 catches for 196 yards & TD. WR T.Y. HILTON led team with 9 rec. for career-high 223 yards & TD last week, 2nd-most rec. yards in game in Colts history (RAYMOND BERRY, 224 yards on 11/10/57). TE DWAYNE ALLEN has TD in 3 of past 4…LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads team with 45 tackles, including 7 tackles & sack vs. Hou. In past 2, LB BJOERN WERNER has 3 sacks & FF. Rookie DE JONATHAN NEWSOME (Rd. 5, No. 166 overall) had 1st career sack last week…K ADAM VINATIERI (2,063) surpassed JOHN CARNEY (2,062) for No. 4 on all-time scoring list vs. Hou.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
T Byron Bell (toe), CB Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), LB Thomas Davis (elbow), DT Dwan Edwards (not injury related), S Roman Harper (not injury related), CB Josh Norman (concussion), TE Greg Olsen (ankle), RB Darrin Reaves (hip), RB Jonathan Stewart (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle)
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
LB Sean Porter (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
WR Marvin Jones (ankle), G Mike Pollak (knee), LB Vincent Rey (calf), DT Brandon Thompson (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
WR A.J. Green (toe), S George Iloka (abdomen), LB Rey Maualuga (shoulder), G Kevin Zeitler (calf)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion)
CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-2) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-1)
|SERIES LEADER||Series tied, 2-2|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Rivera: 0-0||Lewis: 2-0|
|LAST WEEK||W 31-24 vs. Bears||L 43-17 at Patriots|
|LAST GAME||9/26/10: Bengals 20 at Panthers 7. Cincinnati RB Cedric Benson totals 90 yards & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.). Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham has 4 receptions for 59 yards.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||10/22/06: Bengals 17, Panthers 14. Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer throws for 240 yards & 2 TDs. Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh catches 7 passes for 61 yards & TD.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Car.), 139 (Cin.). XM: 228 (Cin.).|
|PASSING||Newton: 79-129-983-5-1-94.6||Dalton: 70-108-926-4-1-100.3 (3C)|
|RUSHING||Stewart: 29-88-3.0-1||Bernard: 68-247-3.6-3 (T1C)|
|RECEIVING||Olsen (TE): 27-326-12.1-4||Green: 17-314-18.5-2|
|SACKS||Addison: 4 (3C)||Dunlap: 3|
|INTs||Harper: 2||Iloka: 2 (T1C)|
|PUNTING||Nortman: 47.8 (3C)||Huber: 42.8|
|KICKING||Gano: 36 (9/9 PAT; 9/10 FG)||Nugent: 33 (9/9 PAT; 8/13 FG)|
PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won 5 of past 8 vs. AFC. Threw 2 TDs last week. Since entering NFL in 2011, is only player with 50+ pass (69) & 20+ rush (28) TDs…RB CHRIS OGBONNAYA had rush TD last week in Car. debut. In last meeting, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS averaged 6.4 yards per carry (64 yards, 10 att.). RB JONATHAN STEWART had rush TD in last game vs. Cin…Rookie WR KELVIN BENJAMIN leads NFL rookies with 367 rec. yards. Ties for 1st among NFL rookies with 3 rec. TDs. TE GREG OLSEN had 2 rec. TDs last week & has 4 rec. TDs this season, tied for most by NFC TE. Rookie PR PHILLY BROWN had 79-yard PR-TD last week, his 1st career TD…Since entering NFL in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads league with 381 tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON had sack in last meeting. CB CHARLES GODFREY had 38-yard INT in last game vs. Cin. In only game vs. Cin. (12/5/10 with NO), S ROMAN HARPER had 9 tackles & sack (16 yards). Harper & S THOMAS DE COUD each had INT last week. DE MARIO ADDISON is 3rd in NFC with career-high 4 sacks…BENGALS: Aim for 12th consecutive regular-season home win…In past 11 reg.-sea. home games, QB ANDY DALTON is 11-0 with 2,563 pass yards & 22 TDs for 97.7 rating. Bengals are 20-3 (.870) when Dalton posts 90+ rating. Has 33-19 (.634) record, highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts)…RB GIOVANI BERNARD is only NFL player with 200+ rush yards (247), 3+ rush TDs (3) & 150+ rec. yards (158) in 2014. In past 6 at home, averages 99.5 scrimmage yards per game (597 total; 323 rush, 274 rec.) & 3 rush TDs…WR A.J. GREEN led team with 5 catches for 81 yards & TD last week. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,147 receiving yards, most in AFC. Has 4 TDs in past 5 at home. WR MOHAMED SANU has TD catch in 2 of past 3, including 37-yarder vs. NE…Since 2012, GENO ATKINS leads NFL DTs with 18.5 sacks. DE ROBERT GEATHERS had sack vs. NE, 1st since 11/11/12. In only career meeting, LB VONTAZE BURFICT had sack. DE CARLOS DUNLAP has sack in 3 of past 4.
A pair of Bengals players have a message for those who have jumped off the team’s bandwagon — stay off, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.
Safety George Iloka and veteran Pro Bowl offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth weren’t very happy when asked to discuss fans who had given up on the team after Sunday night’s 43-17 loss to the Patriots.
Comments on social media during yet another Bengals loss in prime time suggested many fans were skeptical, even after Cincinnati’s 3-0 start to the season.
“Let them jump off,” Iloka said Monday. “I’m not worried about the people who jump off. We don’t want them as fans anyway.”
Sunday’s loss leaves the Bengals 2-5 in prime-time games since 2011 and 3-13 in Sunday night games. They haven’t won a Sunday night game since 2004.
Much like the Bengals, the Patriots had their own experience with a blowout loss just last week. In the days that immediately followed last Monday’s 41-14 loss at Kansas City, the Patriots heard from fans who were starting to give up on them and their future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady.
Less than 15 minutes into Sunday’s game, the Patriots were rolling, and Brady was in the good graces of his fan base once again.
“We look to the Patriots, how they came out and lost on Monday night in prime time and saw all their fair-weather fans jump off the bandwagon,” Iloka said. “They’re probably back on after they beat us. So we look to them and see how they came out, and we hope to do the same things on Sunday and beat the Panthers.”
“They didn’t come to the games when we were 3-0, so I don’t know what to say to them,” Whitworth said, citing the Bengals not selling out their Weeks 2 and 3 games.
“That stuff’s just garbage,” Whitworth continued. “I’m not worried about the fans or the media or any of that crap. We need to go play well and win. The same people thought Tom Brady should quit football and retire from the NFL a week ago, so I bet they don’t think that now. There’s a lot of people [who] are reaping what they sowed in their comments last week about the New England Patriots, and now the team that was what everyone considered the hottest team [the Bengals], they beat the snot out of. So what does everybody have to say now?
“That’s football. Every week you have to show up and play your best, and if you don’t, you’re going to get beat. That’s NFL football, and that’s why even with the best team in the league and the worst team in the league, there’s not much difference as people would like to think.”
On Sunday night, with the eyes on the nation on the Cincinnati Bengals taking on the New England Patriots, the team took the worst beating it has endured since a 31-point shellacking in the 2013 opener on, you guessed it, national TV (Monday Night Football).
Cris Collinsworth hit the nail on the head late in the game saying that a road contest at New England is probably a loss when you look at the schedule ahead of the season. That became all the more likely after the Patriots were dismantled last Monday Night in Kansas City and heard the media hype this game up as the key to saving their season all week long.
The result? A 43-17 final score that, while it wasn’t predictable, didn’t come as a surprise.
What did come as a surprise was how bad the Bengals looked early on. New England struck first with a touchdown on its opening drive. Andy Dalton missed throws on Cincinnati’s first couple possessions and once he settled down, Mohamed Sanu let him down with a drop, then Jermaine Gresham derped away an easy touchdown and A.J. Green fumbled to give up yet another Patriots score before the half.
Throw in a dreadful game from Brandon Tate, who insisted on returning every kick to his own 15 and had a fumble returned for a touchdown, a dropped INT by Emmanuel Lamur, as well as a defense that was kept off balance all night by the Patriots’ attack and this game was ugly through and through.
So what did we learn from all of the ugliness? Not a lot. While I believe the Bengals win more often than not if these teams played a series of games in a vacuum, this wasn’t a night, situation or location where Cincinnati was likely to thrive. I guess we got get confirmation of what many suspected — this team as a whole still isn’t ready for prime time. The Bengals broke down in every phase, at every level.
Will that change by the time the playoffs come around? We can only hope, as this is going to be the greatest threat to a group that is still arguably the best in the AFC.
Here’s the good news, though. Cincinnati, which should never have been ranked as the league’s best team by national publications returns to the underdog status where it oft thrives. They’ve lost five road games by double-digits in the Andy Dalton era and have thrice rebounded with victories the very next week. The most recent was a 30-20 Sunday Night loss vs. Pittsburgh last season. They came back with 28- and 17-point triumphs to close the 2013 regular season.
This time ’round, the Bengals have three more manageable — very difficult, but manageable — games at home vs. the Panthers, in Indianapolis and at home against Baltimore in the next three weeks.
After a home tilt with the Jaguars, the bright lights return to Cincinnati for a Thursday night contest with the Browns. The coming stretch will tell us a lot more about this team than Sunday Night’s contest did. If the team is .500 and sputtering at home on national TV on Nov. 6, then it will be time to hit the panic button.
For now, we’re on to Cincinnati.
The Bengals entered a hornet’s nest in New England on Sunday night, and they got stung over and over by maybe the best QB of all-time – Patriots signal caller Tom Brady.
Brady and the Patriots made quick work of the Bengals, throwing for 292 yards as the Pats beat up the Bengals 43-17 for Cincinnati’s first loss of 2014.
While Brady threw for two TD’s and Stevan Ridley gained 117 of the team’s 221 yards rushing yards, the Bengals were a step behind all night.
The Pats led 20-3 at halftime before the Bengals cut the lead to 10 points on Andy Dalton’s 37-yard pass to Mohamed Sanu to make it 20-10, but that was the closest the Cats would get.
It was a night of history for Brady, as he become the sixth quarterback to pass for 50,000 yards, and seemed like a QB on a mission after being beat up by the Chiefs last Monday night.
Dalton was 15-for-24 for 204 yards and a pair of TD’s in the loss. The Bengals D had come into the game allowing an NFL low 11 points per contest.
A.J. Green caught five passes for 81 yards and a TD in the loss. Despite the loss the Bengals are still 1/2 game up on the Ravens and Steelers for first in the AFC North.
Sunday the Bengals host the 3-2 Panthers at Paul Brown Stadium.