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Bengals Going Back to Andy Dalton as Starting QB

The Ryan Finley era in Cincinnati seems to already be over as Bengals head coach Zac Taylor announced Monday that veteran Andy Dalton would be the starting QB against the New York Jets in Week 13 according to Geoff Hobson of bengals.com.

Finally, although Taylor wouldn’t commit to how long Dalton would stay under center. And it is fair to question Taylor’s judgement at this point, as he is the guy who announced he was benching Dalton for the rookie on Dalton’s birthday. The three games Finley started were tough to watch, with the Bengals failing to top 13 points in any of them and Finley failing to top 200 yards or complete even 55% of his passes in all three.

The return of Dalton certainly won’t make the Bengals into an offensive juggernaut, as the 0-11 team lost the first eight of those games with Dalton under center, but it could at least bring some minimal competence to Cincy. It is also an upgrade for all of the Bengals’ offensive skills players, except possibly running back Joe Mixon as he was being force-fed carries to try to cover up for Finley’s deficiencies. Perhaps even A.J. Green (ankle) will be motivated to suit up with the Red Rifle back under center.

And the 32-year-old Dalton may find some extra motivation knowing he may be auditioning for 2020 for some of the other quarterback-needy teams in the NFL. He is under contract for next season but, with the Bengals in the driver’s seat for the No.1-overall pick in next year’s draft and likely to be selecting their next franchise quarterback, it seems highly unlikely that Dalton will be back in Cincy next season.

Video: Bengals Hang Tough, Fall at Home to Steelers 16-10

The Bengals hung with the Steelers at home, but in the end their offense was just not good enough, as they scored just one TD and fell to Pittsburgh 16-10.

Here’s the highlights:

NFL Week 12 Inactives – Steelers vs Bengals

Here are today’s inactives for the Steelers and Bengals AFC North showdown in Cincinnati at 1pm.

Steelers:

CB Artie Burns
RB James Conner
TE Zach Gentry
QB Paxton Lynch
OT Chukwuma Okorafor
LB Tuzar Skipper
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

Bengals:

QB Jacob Dolegala
WR A.J. Green
OG Fred Johnson
CB Torry McTyer
TE Drew Sample
OT Andre Smith
DE Anthony Zettel

Video: Bengals Look to Take Down the Steelers in Week 12 AFC North Battle

The 0-10 Bengals are back at home looking for their first win of 2019, as they will play host to a beat up 5-5 Steelers team who are coming off a 21-7 loss to the Browns.

Here’s a preview from the NFL:

Video: Bengals Drop to 0-10; Fall in Oakland 17-10 to the Raiders

The Bengals had a 7-0 lead in Oakland, but could not hold down the Raiders offense and the Bengals offense did little after that, falling to 0-10 with a 17-10 setback.

Video: NFL Week 11 Preview – Bengals Keep Trying for That First ‘W’ as They Travel to Oakland

The Bengals have another chance to get in the win column on Sunday, as they will travel to play for the final time in Oakland against the Raiders.

Here’s a preview from the NFL:

Video: Bengals Blasted by the Ravens 49-13 to Drop to 0-9

It was another huge day for Lamar Jackson, as the Bengals were no match for the Ravens QB as they were blasted by Baltimore 49-13

Here’s the Lowlights:

NFL Inactives Week 10: Ravens at Bengals

Here’s today’s inactives for the AFC North showdown between the Bengals and Ravens:

Baltimore:

CB Cyrus Jones
DE Ufomba Kamalu
DT Daylon Mack
QB Trace McSorley
WR Chris Moore
OG Ben Powers
WR Jaleel Scott

Cincinnati:

QB Jacob Dolegala
OT Cordy Glenn
WR A.J. Green
OG Fred Johnson
CB Dre Kirkpatrick
CB Torry McTyer
OG Alex Redmond