NFL Announces Three Bengals Game to Be Shown in Full on YouTube


As voted on by NFL fans on Facebook, 96 of the most memorable games in NFL history will be uploaded to the NFL’s official YouTube channel this August.

From an initial list of 160 classic games compiled by NFL Media/NFL Films in collaboration with NFL Clubs, fans made the final decision on the three most memorable games per franchise. The full network broadcasts of all 96 games will be uploaded this August in conjunction with the start of the NFL preseason.

Voting began June 20th and ended on Tuesday. Here’s the three Bengals games:

2015 Week #5 — Bengals vs. Seahawks (32%)

Andy Dalton leads 4th quarter comeback against Legion of Boom.

1981 AFC Championship Game — Bengals vs. Chargers (31%)

Win, go to Super Bowl. “Freezer Bowl.”

2003 Week #11 — Bengals vs. Chiefs (15%)

Bengals defeat unbeaten Chiefs, 24-19. Kansas City was 10-0 going into the gam

Bengals Sign Safety George Iloka to a Five-Year Deal

George Iloka

The Bengals are keeping one of their high profile free agents, as the team has come to terms on a five-year deal with safety George Iloka.

The Lions had major interest in Iloka, but instead he will come back home instead of testing the open market. The 25-year-old has been solid over his time with the Bengals, and still has growing to do with his physical style of play.

Bengals Have Solid Super Bowl Chances in 2016; But Plenty of Work to Do Also

Marvin Lewis

The Bengals are in another offseason of chaos after the just mind-numbing loss to the rival Steelers in the AFC Wild Card game after it appeared they had the game win in the final minutes.

Sure linebacker Vontaze Burfict came out this week and told ESPN all the right things about the hit at the end of the game that basically cost the team, but it’s too little, too late.

“Like I told coach [Marvin Lewis], I wish I could take that play back because I probably would’ve hit him low,” Burfict said in his first public comments about the incident.

He’ll miss the first three games due to suspension, and now the team also has to look at what’s coming up this offseason as they get ready for what they hope will be another run at Super Bowl LI in early 2017.

As of the time of writing, team currently is 16/1 to win the Super Bowl according to William Hill – the best of all betting sites. While it’s not bad odds, some think the team is headed for a fall due to the free agents the team has and the massive emotional toll the team has taken after playoff loss after playoff loss.

The team has the 8th amount of cap space right now, but also has 15 free agents, 14 of which are unrestricted, that will hit the market in early March. Eight of the free agents were regular starters or played the majority of snaps, meaning if those players leave, they have a lot of work to do.

“We’ve had more free agents in other years,” head coach Marvin Lewis said. “When I looked, it wasn’t as many as I expected, so I do feel good about things. I think the core is here, I think positionally we’re in good shape.”

Starting slot receiver Mohamed Sanu and receiver Marvin Jones are both free agents, meaning if both bail the team will need to make up for it.

One report has the team eyeing Bears free agent to be wide out Alshon Jeffery as a target of the Bengals, which is a huge free agent splash, but is that the player they need?

No matter what the Bengals do, it will be a critical offseason for sure as the team looks to make another run at the AFC North and yet another run at reaching the Super Bowl.

Vontaze Burfict Says He Wish He Could Take the Hit on Antonio Brown Back

Vontaze Burfict

Following the bizarre turn of events that cost the Bengals their Wild Card Playoff game against the Steelers, linebacker Vontaze Burfict finally had his say in an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Burfict said in the interview that he needs to change his style of play, but he probably would not have been flagged for his hit to the head of Steelers wide out Antonio Brown in the closing minute if his reputation hadn’t preceded him.

“Like I told coach [Marvin Lewis], I wish I could take that play back because I probably would’ve hit him low,” Burfict said in his first public comments about the incident.

“I don’t like hitting low, but I have to change because it’s getting flags because I hit him high or hit him in the helmet, and it’s so hard to determine where to hit the offender because they’re gonna tuck their body, and you have to pretty much tuck with them.”

The Bengals linebacker was suspended and will have to sit for the first three games of 2016, for what the NFL said was “repeated violations of player-safety rules.”

The NFL cited the hit on Brown as the final straw leading to the suspension. Burfict hit Brown after Brown couldn’t catch a pass that was overthrown from Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger with 22 seconds left.

The hit resulted in a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness, and after corner Adam Jones got another penalty for touching an official, the Steelers were able to convert an easy field goal for the win to move on in the postseason.

Burfict told Anderson that he takes responsibility for the hit. “I tried to pull up at the last second, but it was obviously too late — it’s a bang-bang play,” Burfict said.

“I play hard. Sometimes it gets me in trouble,” he said. “My style of play is aggressive, and [the game has] changed, and I have to change with it, and that play right there, I think if I wasn’t number 55, I wouldn’t have got flagged.”

Bengals Injured QB Dalton Has Yet to Resume Throwing


Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has not resumed throwing yet according to Geoff Hobson of

It’s not like he has a big game to prepare for or needs to get ready soon for training camp. “Not throwing yet because we are being very conservative with it,” said Dalton in a text message earlier this week. “I feel like I can throw but no reason to push anything right now.” Dalton was having his best season before a broken thumb ended it in Week 14. He should be ready for OTAs.

Perhaps a bigger concern for the Bengals offense is the loss of innovative coordinator Hue Jackson, who seemed to bring out the best in Dalton. Jackson will trying to bring some of that magic as head coach of the Browns in 2016.

London Preview: Bengals vs. Redskins

Bengals To Play In The UK

In just 10 months time, the Bengals will make the dive across the pond for their debut match in London, where they’ll face-off against the Redskins at Wembley Stadium. Now although it’s still a long time until the match, for fans wanting to travel to the English capital to see it, now is the time to plan your trip and buy tickets for the game.

There is no kick-off time as of yet, but the match will take place in Week 8 of the season on Sunday October 30th, with tickets being sold on Ticketmaster from January 21st. Some travel packages will be available, and special access to tickets will be given to Bengal season holders. For those who can’t make the flights over, the match will be shown live on Fox Network affiliates. This will include WXIX-TV (Channel 19) in Cincinnati, so there will be plenty of opportunity for all fans to see the match.

Many of the NFL teams have already played in London, indeed by the end of 2016 75% of all teams will have played in the UK. There are even rumors that a London NFL team may happen in the future. The UK is home to an incredibly large number of American Football fans, including Bengals fans, and these fans flock from across the UK to give incredible support for the teams making travelling to an international game a great experience.

The match itself will count as a home game for the Bengals, so next season will see the team only playing seven of their regular season games at Paul Brown Stadium. It is likely that, as this is an international game, the Bengals will get a bye in week 9.

Talking about the upcoming match and going international, Bengals President Mike Brown said the following: “We are proud to be a part of the NFL’s initiative to grow our game abroad, and we believe this game will be a source of pride for Cincinnati as well.”

“It will provide a strong platform for our region’s culture and recent progress,” continued the press release. “And we’ve long known that we have fans in London and the U.K. A number have visited Cincinnati for games over the years. We know they will be out to cheer us on, along with fans from our area who choose to travel to the game.”

Bengals head coach was similarly positive about the future match, “We’re excited to take our team to London and take on the Washington Redskins. We’re proud to show off the NFL game. And we always look for ways to keep a long season fresh and exciting for players. I know our players will respond well to this opportunity.”

Of course, one reason to be excited to visit the UK for a match is down to the phenomenon known as The Post-Wembley Wave. Statistics have shown that every team that has visited Wembley for an international match has returned home to play matches with an improved performance. None more so that the New England Patriots, who after their game against the Rams in 2012 returned home to win their next five games. A record that the Bengals can perhaps look to beat!

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict Suspended Three Games for Saturday Hit on Brown

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is going to pay for his late hit on Steelers WR Antonio Brown that put the Steelers in field goal range in Saturday’s loss.

Here’s the story from USA Today:

Burfict has been suspended three games for a malicious hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh’s 18-16 win over Cincinnati Saturday in the AFC Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Brown remained on the field, possibly having lost consciousness after the hit, but was able to walk off the field under his own power.

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones said immediately following the game, and again on the Dan Patrick Show Monday, Brown was “faking” the injury, and should be given “an Academy Award and a Grammy” for it.

It appears clearly on replay Burfict’s shoulder and forearm connect with Brown’s head well after an errant pass sailed over Brown at the middle of the field.

Steelers vs Bengals Wednesday Injury Report


Practice Report
Wednesday CB William Gay (not injury related), LB James Harrison (not injury related), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), RB DeAngelo Williams (foot), LB Vince Williams (illness)
Wednesday WR Martavis Bryant (neck)
Practice Report
Wednesday DT Brandon Thompson (knee)
Wednesday QB Andy Dalton (right thumb), TE Ryan Hewitt (knee)
Wednesday CB Leon Hall (concussion, back)