Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. Eastern.
Television: ESPN broadcast with Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Louis Riddick (analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline analyst). In the Cincinnati market, the ESPN broadcast additionally can be simulcast on WLWT-TV (Channel 5).
Radio: The recreation will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports activities) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
The recreation additionally will air nationally on Westwood One Radio. Broadcasters are Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Kurt Warner (analyst).
Setting the scene: The Bengals, trying to bounce again from a 30-7 loss to Dallas on Sunday, this week return house to face the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football at Paul Brown Stadium.
“When you lose, its frustrating” stated Bengals head coach Zac Taylor. “It’s hard to get rid of this feeling that we feel at the end of every week. But it’s frustrating because we feel good about the position we put ourselves in heading into the game. But it’s a myriad of reasons for why we lose. And it 100 percent falls on me.”
Cincinnati’s offense moved the ball on Dallas early within the recreation, however had nothing to indicate for it after dropping fumbles on its first three possessions. It was the primary time in additional than seven years that an NFL staff had misplaced fumbles on its first three possessions (most just lately the New England Patriots on 11-24-13).
The first fumble was of explicit word, as a result of it was dedicated by HB Giovani Bernard, who had not fumbled on a dashing try since his rookie 12 months in 2013. Bernard’s streak of 829 carries with no fumble had been the longest lively streak within the NFL by a margin of 317, and likewise was the third-longest fumble-free stretch within the NFL during the last 30 years.
On the following drive, the Bengals moved the ball with ease and reached the Cowboys’ 20-yard line, earlier than a fumble by HB Trayveon Williams was recovered by Dallas DE Aldon Smith and returned 78 yards for a TD. Cincinnati responded by once more marching downfield and into the purple zone, earlier than often sure-handed WR Alex Erickson fumbled on a reverse whereas showing to transform a fourth down.
“The three turnovers in the first half obviously killed us, but I thought we really moved the ball well,” stated Bengals QB Brandon Allen. “My biggest thing is that we’re just hurting ourselves. We have to clean up those mistakes we keep making that are really hurting our drives.”
After the three turnovers, Cincinnati started to dig out of a 17-0 gap with a five-yard TD cross from Allen to WR A.J. Green. It was the sixty fifth TD reception of Green’s profession, which moved him to inside considered one of WR Chad Johnson (66) for Cincinnati’s all-time lead.
The recreation additionally marked the primary return journey to Cincinnati for Dallas QB Andy Dalton, who spent 2011-19 because the Bengals’ beginning QB. Dalton handed for 185 yards and two TDs, serving to his Cowboys to a victory in entrance of crowd of greater than 10,000 followers who confirmed their appreciation at each flip for his work each on and off the sector in Cincinnati.
This week, the Bengals look to get on monitor in opposition to a Steelers staff that encompasses a protection ranked third within the NFL in yards per recreation (303.1) and first in factors allowed (18.2). But Cincinnati faces uncertainty at QB heading into the competition, with Allen’s standing in query after he left the Dallas recreation with a leg harm. Taylor known as Allen “day-to-day” throughout his Monday information convention, and confirmed that Allen can be Cincinnati’s beginning QB if wholesome. But if he cannot play, Cincinnati will flip to both second-year QB Ryan Finley, who completed the Cowboys recreation in Allen’s place, or observe squad QB Kevin Hogan.
Pittsburgh enters Monday’s matchup 11-2, after falling 26-15 to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The collection: The Steelers lead 67-35 total and 32-19 in Cincinnati. The collection consists of two postseason video games, each Steelers wins in Wild Card spherical contests at Paul Brown Stadium, after the 2005 and ’15 seasons.
The Bengals have performed extra video games in opposition to the Steelers (102) than some other foe. Cleveland is second in that class at 95, and Tennessee (previously Houston Oilers) is third at 76.
The Bengals on MNF: This week’s recreation is the twelfth Bengals- Steelers assembly on Monday Night Football. With 11 earlier MNF conferences, Pittsburgh by far is Cincinnati’s most frequent MNF opponent. The Miami Dolphins are the one different staff to have taken on the Bengals greater than twice on MNF. The Dolphins and Bengals have had 4 conferences.
Cincinnati’s all-time MNF document is 11-25.
Bengals-Steelers connections: Bengals WR Tyler Boyd is from Clairton, Pa. (Clairton High School), and likewise performed on the University of Pittsburgh … Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is from Findlay, Ohio, and performed at Miami (Ohio) University … Steelers LB Tegray Scales (observe squad) is from Cincinnati (Colerain High School) … Bengals Ok Randy Bullock was with the Steelers in 2016 … Bengals G/C B.J. Finney initially was a university free agent signee of the Steelers in 2015, and was with the staff by means of the ’19 season …Bengals G/OT Fred Johnson initially was a university free agent signee of the Steelers in 2019 … Steelers RB Benny Snell Jr., LB Avery Williamson, LB Bud Dupree (Reserve/Injured) and DE Calvin Taylor (observe squad) all performed on the University of Kentucky. Snell can also be from Columbus, Ohio ((*15*) Central High School) … Steelers DT Cameron Heyward performed at Ohio State University … Steelers WR Diontae Johnson, LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi and LB Jayrone Elliott all performed on the University of Toledo … Steelers P Jordan Berry performed at Eastern Kentucky University … Steelers DL Chris Wormley (Reserve/Injured) is from Toledo, Ohio (Whitmer High School) … Steelers senior defensive assistant/secondary coach Teryl Austin was Bengals defensive coordinator in 2018 … Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was defensive backs coach on the University of Cincinnati from 1999-2000 … Bengals defensive position coach Nick Eason performed for the Steelers from 2007-10 … Bengals linebackers coach Al Golden performed TE at Penn State University from 1987-91, and coached there in 2000.
A.J. on Chad’s heels: Bengals WR A.J. Green has 65 profession TD catches, and stands one shy of tying former Bengals WR Chad Johnson (66) for the staff’s all-time lead. Green took sole possession of second place in Game 10 at Washington, when his five-yard TD from QB Joe Burrow broke his tie with former WR Carl Pickens (63). He then inched nearer in Game 13 vs. Dallas with a five-yard TD from QB Brandon Allen.
Green can also be not far behind within the class of complete TDs. His 65 TDs rank third in staff historical past, behind Chad Johnson (66) and RB Pete Johnson (70).
Bates having fun with his finest season: Bengals S Jessie Bates this season has been among the many high performers – offense or protection – on the staff, drawing reward from many observers as one of many high safeties within the NFL.
Bates, a 2018 second-round decide of the Bengals, has began all 13 video games this season and has 91 tackles (second on staff), together with two for losses, together with 14 PDs (tied for sixth in NFL), three INTs and a FF. He additionally has one sort out on particular groups, and it was a giant one – a touchdown-saving cease on a kick return in Game 13 vs. Dallas, as Cowboys RB Tony Pollard started to interrupt into the clear.
Bates has began all 45 video games of his profession. With 91 tackles up to now this 12 months, he stands simply 9 away from topping 100 in every of his first three seasons.
Bengals on historic fourth-down tempo: The Bengals’ offense this season has efficiently transformed 18 of its 25 fourth-down makes an attempt, good for a 72.0 proportion that ranks fourth within the NFL. The Elias Sports Bureau, whose data on fourth-down conversions return to 1977, reviews that Cincinnati’s 18 fourth-down conversions this 12 months already are tied for the fourth-most ever within the NFL over that timeframe.
The Bengals want simply two extra fourth-down conversions during the last three video games to tie the NFL document of 20, set in 1996 by the Chicago Bears. Cincinnati’s 18 fourth-down conversions already simply outpace the earlier staff document of 14, set in 1992 (the staff’s data return to ’82).
Boyd on the lookout for his third thousand: Bengals WR Tyler Boyd this season appears to be like to grow to be simply the fourth Cincinnati pass-catcher to document three consecutive 1000-yard seasons. He would be part of WRs Chad Johnson (six consecutive; 2002-07), A.J. Green (5; ’11-15) and Carl Pickens (three; 1994-96).
Boyd has a team-high 840 yards (on 78 catches) by means of 13 video games this season, that means he wants simply 160 extra over the ultimate three contests to achieve 1000. Boyd topped the 1000-yard mark in each 2018 and ’19, regardless of his working mate, Green, enjoying simply 9 of 32 attainable video games over that stretch. Last season, he completed with a career-high and team-best 1046 receiving yards (on 90 catches), which barely bested his ’18 complete of 1028 yards (on 76 catches) Boyd stands as considered one of 9 Bengals ever to achieve 1000 receiving yards in a season, and considered one of six to hit the mark greater than as soon as. Johnson’s seven 1000-yard seasons stand as probably the most in staff historical past, adopted by Green (six), Pickens (4), WR Cris Collinsworth (4) and WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (two). WRs Eddie Brown, Tim McGee and Darnay Scott every had one 1000-yard season.
Higgins eyeing Bengals rookie data: WR Tee Higgins has had a powerful first NFL season, and stays on a trajectory that by 12 months’s finish might land him among the many high rookie pass-catchers in staff historical past.
Higgins’ 58 catches by means of 13 video games already rank because the third-most ever by a Bengals rookie. He has three extra video games to catch the 2 gamers in entrance of him – WRs Cris Collinsworth (67) and A.J. Green (65). Higgins additionally has 778 receiving yards this season, and is on tempo to land throughout the high 5 rookie seasons by a Bengal in that class. Green has the staff rookie document for receiving yards (1057), adopted by Collinsworth (1009) and WRs Eddie Brown (942), Darnay Scott (866) and Isaac Curtis (843).
But Higgins (5 TDs) has some work to do with the intention to strategy the 47-year outdated rookie document of 9 receiving TDs, set in 1973 by WR Isaac Curtis. Collinsworth and Brown (each had eight) are tied for second in that class, adopted by Green (seven) and WR Chris Henry (six).
Higgins additionally has two 100-yard receiving video games, two shy of Green (4) for many by a Bengals rookie. Curtis and Brown (three) are tied for second place.
Bengals draft picks stick in NFL: A well-recognized development has emerged this season concerning which groups have probably the most eager eye for expertise within the draft, and the Bengals once more are towards the highest of the record. As of Tuesday, Dec. 15, there have been 46 gamers on NFL rosters who entered the league as draft picks of the Bengals. That complete is ranks second within the NFL.
Cincinnati has been among the many high 5 groups on this class each week since 2018, and has spent lengthy stretches within the high spot. At occasions, the Bengals have even held a double-digit lead over the second-place staff.
Of the 53 gamers on Cincinnati’s lively roster, 33 entered the NFL with the Bengals – 27 as draft picks, and 6 as school free brokers. Of these 27 draft picks, three have been first-round picks, six have been second rounders, 4 have been third-rounders, 5 have been fourth-rounders, three have been fifth rounders, 4 have been sixth-rounders and two have been seventh-rounders.
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