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Josh Kirkendall

Bengals starters meaninglessly falter while backups pick up the slack vs. Cowboys

It was a struggle early, but the Bengals showed their depth as the backups and third-stringers helped stabilize a poor performance by the starters.

Well, that wasn’t good.

Nah, more like “ew.” Gross. Find an outhouse (or a porta potty, as the millennials call it), one that’s especially ripe. Remove your hat with the perfectly bent brim, and then dunk your head in the hole. Yes, that hole. It would still be less disgusting than what we witnessed on Saturday.

For all the credit...

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Anthony Cosenza

5 winners and 6 losers from Bengals vs. Cowboys

Some of the teams’ biggest names faltered in big ways on Saturday night. However, depth shined as the team won its second consecutive preseason game.

After such a promising start to the 2018 season in the form of the Bengals’ preseason-opening win over the Bears, Cincinnati had a crash landing back to reality in Dallas. The first-team offense was a mess and mistakes plagued the rest of the units throughout the game.

Thankfully, the backups helped carry Cincinnati to a 21-13 win that...

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Nick Manchester

Bengals up and down (but mostly down) in 21-13 win vs. Cowboys

Jeff Driskel led a come from behind victory for the Bengals for the second week in a row.

After hosting the Bears at home, the Bengals hit the road to face the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night.

The Bengals probably left wishing they could have played the Bears again. Cincinnati came out and punted on its first three drives; they didn’t even reach a first down until the second quarter.

Once the backups entered the game, however, the pendulum swung the other way. Jeff...

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Jason Marcum

Bengals lose Davontae Harris to knee injury vs. Cowboys

Harris was quickly ruled out after going down with a knee injury.

The Bengals have lost Davontae Harris to a knee injury.

It happened in the second quarter of Cincinnati’s preseason game vs. the Cowboys, as Harris was injured on special teams late in the quarter. He was able to walk off the field and be examined by trainers, and the team quickly announced he was out for the rest of the game with a knee injury.

That’s usually a bad sign, and it’s the last thing Harris needs is a...

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Jason Marcum

OPEN THREAD: Bengals vs. Cowboys Second Half

Come join the second-half discussion!

The second half is set to begin as the Bengals look to finish off their second preseason game while battling the Cowboys.

What is your biggest takeaway from the first half of action?

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Jason Marcum

OPEN THREAD: Bengals vs. Cowboys First Half

The Bengals invade Dallas for some Saturday night football.

The Cincinnati Bengals are back in primetime as they face the Dallas Cowboys on the NFL Network.

The second preseason games is when we usually see starters getting around a full quarter of work. We probably won’t see Andy Dalton and A.J Green for long, but expect much of the offensive line to play for the first half as they look to figure out several position battles while getting rookies like Billy Price as many snaps as...

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Jason Marcum

Tyler Eifert, Vontaze Burfict among Bengals not expected to play vs. Cowboys

Burfict is battling an ankle injury that’s kept him sidelined for much of the past week.

The Bengals will once again have some key players missing preseason action.

Ahead of tonight’s clash with the Cowboys, Cincinnati announced the following players were unlikely to play, while Tyler Eifert is also almost certainly out even though he wasn’t on the list of announced players:

LB Vontaze Burfict CB Tony McRae WR Cody Core LB Vincent Rey CB Sojourn Shelton DT Josh Tupou DT Andrew...

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Matt Minich

Film Room: Josh Malone is the deep threat the Bengals are looking for

Josh Malone is a big play waiting to happen.

John Ross is not the only wide receiver hoping to make an impact in the Bengals’ offense during his sophomore campaign.

Head coach Marvin Lewis has made it clear this offseason that the Bengals passing game has to be better at pushing the ball down the field. Based on Josh Malone’s résumé heading into the 2018 season, he can be absolutely be a part of the solution to this problem.

Malone has been billed as a deep threat and he shows why in...

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Carlos Dunlap is on the doorstep of being Bengals’ most accomplished pass rusher

Whether he gets an extension or not, Carlos Dunlap could reach the pinnacle of the Bengals’ record books.

Carlos Dunlap has been wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks for a long time in Cincinnati.

The two-time Pro Bowler has been a disruptive force on the field and a wonderful role model off of it, and is likely to get a contract extension soon for both reasons.

But if 2018 does end up being Dunlap’s last season in stripes, he can still establish himself as the most accomplished...

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Jason Marcum

OPEN THREAD: Bengals vs. Cowboys Pre-game

Come chat about tonight’s preseason clash between the Cowboys and Bengals.

The Cincinnati Bengals are back in action tonight as they hit the road to face the Dallas Cowboys.

The second preseason games typically features starters getting over a full quarter of work, and sometimes even into halftime, so expect to see a few series of Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Joe Mixon among other star players.

Tonight’s game at 7 pm EST is part of a quadruple header on the NFL Network, which begins...

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Matt Minich

Carlos Dunlap praises fellow d-linemen and team pass-rushing consultant Chuck Smith

Carlos Dunlap has high aspirations for the talented group of pass-rushers he sees around him.

Carlos Dunlap may be entering a contract year, but his goal for the season is about the unit, not the individual.

“We want to lead the league in sacks,” Dunlap told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “Whatever number it takes.”

In 2017, it would have taken 56.5 sacks to surpass the Pittsburgh Steelers’ league-leading mark of 56. In 2018, it could be even more, but Dunlap thinks they have the...

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Anthony Cosenza

Bengals mailbag: O-line problems and the future at quarterback and receiver

What does the future hold at a couple of the most important positions on offense? Should we still be worried about the offensive line? We answer these and more this week.

The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off of a nice 2018 debut, as they beat the Chicago Bears in the preseason opener. Though the victory margin was only three points and there were signs of sloppiness here and there, it was a good first game for a team looking to grasp onto any semblance of building blocks as they head into...

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Anthony Cosenza

Bengals at Cowboys preseason Week 2 preview: How ‘bout ‘dem stripes?

The Bengals had a solid opening to the 2018 preseason, but travel to a venue that hasn’t been friendly for Week 2 in the summertime.

The Cincinnati Bengals have undergone quite the transition this offseason. However, the changes made weren’t necessarily some of the ones many expected.

After a very quiet first few days in January, the team announced that they were bringing back Marvin Lewis on yet another two-year contract. As it turns out two things will survive after a nuclear...

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Jason Marcum

OPEN THREAD: Friday preseason football

AJ McCarron and the Bills take on Baker Mayfield and the Browns.

Friday night football is back!

While the high school football season is kicking off around the nation, fans sitting at home will be treated to a five-game slate of NFL action, highlighted by the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Buffalo Bills facing off on the NFL Network.

Bengals fans will have a keen eye on the Buffalo - Cleveland matchup, as it features a host of former Bengals players and coaches, including quarterback AJ...

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Anthony Cosenza

What to expect from the Bengals’ wide receivers in 2018

The Bengals’ receiving group is loaded with a ton of high-end talent, but also with gigantic question marks.

Even in the worst seasons in the history of the Cincinnati Bengals, they’ve had some of their highest roster talent at the wide receiver position. Whether it was Isaac Curtis, Carl Pickens, Chad Johnson or A.J. Green, the team has traditionally valued the position greatly.

The team’s current group is comprised of two former top-10 picks (A.J. Green and John Ross), a former...

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Around the AFC North: The good and bad from the Steelers’ second preseason game

The future looks bright at the quarterback position for a few AFC North teams, but one team may need a few more seasons for their young guy to develop.

The first week of the preseason is has passed, and we learned a little bit more about what the rest of the AFC North will be fielding in 2018.

The Browns’ Hard Knocks drama is always fun to check in on, and the Ravens vertical passing attack was clearly on display in their second game. Also, the Steelers have had some young guys shining...

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John Sheeran

Marvin Lewis says only goal is winning a championship; doesn’t “worry about beyond this year”

And with job security like his, Lewis will never have to.

After a 27-point defeat to the Minnesota Vikings, the team coached by his former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, was Marvin Lewis saved by the dead cat bounce of his team’s 2-0 ending to their disappointing season? Not according to the man himself.

“I made up my mind I wanted to coach,” Lewis told Sports Illustrated’s Jonathan Jones. “So do I want to go start over somewhere where I don’t know the people or coach these...

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How to watch Cowboys vs. Bengals: Everything to know

Everything you need for Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 of the NFL preseason.

The Bengals are headed to Texas to take on the Cowboys, and most of the team is riding high after a fairly impressive game against the Bears.

The Bengals offense looked crisp as Andy Dalton’s only blemish on the day came when John Ross fell on a route, which led to a pick-six. Joe Mixon even caught a touchdown pass in spectacular fashion by making two defenders miss in the open field.


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Anthony Cosenza

The Orange and Black Insider Bengals podcast: Easy riders

On this week’s OBI episode, we talk about the Bengals’ preseason-opening win over the Bears, their upcoming matchup against the Cowboys and answer listener questions—all while giving some fantasy football advice.

This week’s episode of The Orange and Black Insider had a positive vibe, given the Bengals’ preseason win against Chicago. Cincinnati’s starters came out firing and brought more optimism to an offseason full of hope.

John Sheeran, Scott Schulze and I had a number of...

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Josh Kirkendall

Historical look at number of first-team possessions for Bengals in Week 2 of the preseason

How long should we expect the first-team offense to play on Saturday against the Cowboys?

This is one of those postings that may only interest me — AKA, I’m thinking about something and I answer it via a Chop Block post. There’s very little insight, story structure, or analysis here; just answering random musings from the couch during a stormy Cincinnati afternoon. There might not even be a conclusion; I’ll just stop when I’m finished.

When Cincinnati hosted Kansas City last year...

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