The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to overcome a 1-2 start to the 2016 NFL season. After winning the first game of the season over the New York Jets, Cincinnati has lost two straight contests. Coming off of a 29-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, the Bengals look to bounce back versus the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. Miami is also at 1-2 for the season after winning in overtime, 30-24, versus the Cleveland Browns at home. The Dolphins dropped their first two games to Seattle and New England (both on the road).
For the Bengals, TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) and LB Vontaze Burfict (suspension) may play for the first time this season. Eifert is recovering from offseason ankle surgery, and Burfict is returning from a three-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct (hits to the head) in last year’s playoffs. In contrast, the Dolphins have four players out Thursday: C Mike Pouncey (hip), RB Arian Foster (groin), TE Jordan Cameron (concussion), and LB Koa Misi (neck). Cincinnati is favored by seven points. The game will be televised on NFL Network (and available locally) at 8:25 p.m.
The Bengals and Dolphins faced off in 2013 on Thursday Night Football, with Miami winning 22-20 in OT.
The 2016 Cincinnati Reds season has not been much different than the 2015 season. Last night, the Reds lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4, marking consecutive seasons Cincinnati has lost at least 90 games. Perhaps if there was one play to sum up the season, 1B Joey Votto’s line drive that started a triple play in the first inning of Friday night’s game, would likely be it. 2B Jose Peraza’s three run home run was not enough as the Brewers were victorious behind a home run from 1B Chris Carter. The last occurrence of back to back 90-loss seasons for the Redlegs, was 1934. With nine games left, the Reds will not likely match their 63-99 record from last year. But it may not be enough to save the job of manager Bryan Price.
Chris Carter trots around the bases after hitting a home run Friday night against the Reds.
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Gunner Kiel is sacked for a safety (Photo: Trevor Stewart)
While the Cincinnati Bearcats Women’s soccer team won the conference championship this weekend, the football team eliminated itself from doing the same. The Bearcats, who faced No. 25 Houston (undefeated), lost 33-30 in a competitive contest. Cincinnati had three turnovers, 11 penalties, and a botched onside kick. The sloppy play did not prevent the Bearcats from making it close. QB Gunner Kiel led Cincinnati with 523 yards passing (career-high) and four touchdowns despite throwing two interceptions. QB Greg Ward Jr. led Houston to their ninth victory (9-0, (5-0 AAC)) throwing two touchdown passes, and also two interceptions. Houston RB Kenneth Farrow ran for 106 yards and a touchdown. The Bearcats could not convert on downs late in the fourth quarter, effectively ending the game. Houston now is the only undefeated team in the American Athletic Conference. Cincinnati falls to 5-4 (2-3 AAC).
Cincinnati returns to Nippert Stadium to play Tulsa, who has identical records, on Saturday night 7:30 p.m. (ESPNEWS). Houston plays Memphis (8-1) next week.
The Cincinnati Bengals continued their undefeated season by defeating the Cleveland Browns 31-10. Tyler Eifert, TE for the Bengals, had three touchdown catches. Bengals QB Andy Dalton delivered all three of those passes. Meanwhile, Browns QB Johnny Manziel, filling for the resting Josh McCown, threw one TD, but had trouble avoiding sacks. In the end, the Bengals defense was too much, as the Browns were held scoreless in the 2nd half. The Bengals continue their franchise record-setting season next Monday night (11/16) against the Houston Texans.
In case you haven’t heard, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday 16-10. The game itself was uglier than the perfect record the Bengals possess. Quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Ben Roethlisberger combined for 5 interceptions. But the defense stepped up with 3 Cincinnati interceptions. The win brings the Bengals’ record to 7-0, a franchise best. Yes, no Cincinnati Bengals team has ever gone 7-0. The last time Cincinnati went 6-0 (1988), they made it to Super Bowl XXIII. With the Bengals’ excellent start, they have climbed many ‘power rankings’ in the national media. The AP Pro32 rankings below have them tied for 2nd place (with Denver) behind only New England. Four undefeated teams remain in the NFL:
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The Cincinnati Bearcats were huge favorites coming into the game Saturday. After all, UC was 4-3 and UCF was 0-7. But the 52-7 pummeling Cincy was able to deliver was impressive. Gunner Kiel’s 15 completions, are the most in FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) without an incompletion in twenty years. The Knights were never competitive as interim head coach Danny Barrett took over for George O’ Leary, who retired/resigned just last week. UCF fell to 0-8, while the Cats’ moved to 5-3. Up next comes a matchup with undefeated Houston (8-0).
It was Homecoming Saturday, and the Cincinnati Bearcats handily defeated the Connecticut Huskies 37-13. Despite trailing 7-0 early in the first quarter, QB Gunner Kiel led Cincinnati to and easy victory. Kiel threw for 327 yards and two TD’s with one INT. The Bearcats will face UCF (0-8) Saturday, at Noon on ESPNEWS. Remaining schedule and current conference standings are below.
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