Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd85.4 (30th)195.1 (26th)
Defense18th127.9 (29th)211.2 (10th)

Schedule

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Thu Aug 9
7:00 pm ET
CHI
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Sat Aug 18
7:00 pm ET
@DAL
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Sun Aug 26
4:00 pm ET
FOX@BUF
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Thu Aug 30
7:00 pm ET
IND
Sun Sep 9
1:00 pm ET
CBS@IND
Thu Sep 13
8:20 pm ET
NFLNBAL
Sun Sep 23
1:00 pm ET
CBS@CAR
Sun Sep 30
1:00 pm ET
CBS@ATL
Sun Oct 7
1:00 pm ET
CBSMIA
Sun Oct 14
1:00 pm ET
CBSPIT
Sun Oct 21
1:00 pm ET
CBS@KC
Sun Oct 28
1:00 pm ET
FOXTB
Sun Nov 11
1:00 pm ET
FOXNO
Sun Nov 18
1:00 pm ET
CBS@BAL
Sun Nov 25
1:00 pm ET
CBSCLE
Sun Dec 2
1:00 pm ET
CBSDEN
Sun Dec 9
4:05 pm ET
CBS@LAC
Sun Dec 16
1:00 pm ET
CBSOAK
Sun Dec 23
1:00 pm ET
CBS@CLE
Sun Dec 30
1:00 pm ET
CBS@PIT

Standings

AFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Pittsburgh13-3-06-0-0
Baltimore9-7-03-3-0
Cincinnati7-9-03-3-0
Cleveland0-16-00-6-0
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Bengals' Giovani Bernard: Part of talented backfield
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is excited to use Bernard and Joe Mixon in the backfield, the team's official website reports.

Mixon is headed for the lead role and a majority of carries, but Bernard shouldn't have much competition for backup work with fourth-round rookie Mark Walton replacing Jeremy Hill (Patriots). The plan could change if Mixon gets off to a slow start, considering he averaged just 3.5 yards on 178 carries last season, while Bernard averaged 4.4 on 105 totes. Both backs were effective as pass catchers, with Mixon hauling in 30 of 34 targets for 287 yards and Bernard bringing in 43 of 60 for 389 yards and two touchdowns. The Bengals improved their woeful offensive line in the offseason, trading for LT Cordy Glenn and drafting C Billy Price at No. 21 overall. There's also reason to believe a healthy John Ross could help the running game, as opposing safeties will need to be cautious if Ross and A.J. Green are both on the field. Bernard seems to be enjoying a healthy offseason, after spending last spring/summer rehabbing from a torn ACL.

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Bengals' Shawn Williams: Returns to field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hamstring) returned to practice during last week's minicamp, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

Williams was unable to participate in team drills throughout spring workouts due to a hamstring injury. His absence allowed Jessie Bates to run with the first-team defense, but Williams instantly regained his starting role upon returning to the field during minicamp.

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Bengals' Bobby Hart: Competing for starting role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hart is expected to compete for the starting job at right tackle, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.

Seemingly recovered from the ankle injury that prematurely ended his 2017 season, Hart has reportedly been getting "a lot" of reps at right tackle this spring while his primary competition, Jake Fisher, has been getting rest in the wake of the heart issue that derailed Fishers' 2017 season. Their respective performances in training camp and the preseason will likely be the deciding factor in who is in the starting lineup come Week 1.

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Bengals' Tra Carson: Non-participant in minicamp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carson (undisclosed) did not participate in mandatory minicamp last week, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Carson spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. It isn't clear if that same injury is what's preventing him from taking the field this spring, but the fact that Carson wasn't wearing a practice jersey like other injured Bengals isn't a good sign. We'll see if Carson's able to take the field during training camp, when he'll compete for a depth role in a Joe Mixon-led backfield.

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Bengals' Tyler Kroft: Misses minicamp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kroft (undisclosed) missed mandatory minicamp but is expected to return healthy for the start of training camp, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

The Bengals are less confident about Tyler Eifert, who also was held out of minicamp while continuing his rehab from last year's back surgery. Kroft proved to be a competent replacement for his oft-injured teammate, scoring seven touchdowns and averaging 56 snaps per game after Eifert suffered his season-ending injury Week 2. Kroft's career marks for yards per catch (9.9) and yards per target (7.1) don't compare to Eifert's, but the 2015 third-round pick at least proved useful near the goal line. While still a long shot to ever become one of Andy Dalton's favorite targets between the 20s, Kroft could reprise the 2017 red-zone workload and snap count if Eifert can't get/stay healthy.

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