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Bengals News: Playoff bound after 3-5 start

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The Cincinnati Bengals did the unthinkable, going from a 3-5 start that included a 4-game losing streak to Cleveland, Miami, Pittsburgh and Denver to winning 6 of the next 7 to gain the playoffs with a 9-6 record.

The Bengals have one game left, at home next Sunday vs. Baltimore.

Sunday’s win at Heinz Field, which has not been kind to the Bengals over the years, was a welcome sight. The 13-10 victory ended the Bengals’ 10-game losing streak against Pittsburgh and Baltimore dating back to the 2009 season, when Cincinnati won dominated the AFC North Division with a 6-0 record.

NOTES:

***Bengals DT Geno Atkins earned 2.5 sacks on Sunday to increase his season total to 13.

***With four sacks against Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh on Sunday, Cincinnati leads the NFL with 47.

***The Bengals tied a franchise record by winning six games on the road this season.

***There have been 121 NFL teams since 1990 to start a season in the first 8 games by going 3-5 and then make the playoffs; the Bengals are only the eighth team to do so.

***Cincinnati became the sixth NFL team since 2005 to make the postseason four times.

***The Bengals under Marvin Lewis have made progress, but are 0-3 in the playoffs.

 

Info compiled from NFL, Cincinnati Bengals, Radio & TV news


Rookie Green emerges as Bengals top receiver; Pro Bowl bound

 

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A.J. Green (courtesy of Georgia athletics)

Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver A. J. Green is one of the reasons the team’s offense is dangerous and explosive.

The 2011 NFL first round draft pick has been rewarded for his stellar play by being named to the AFC All-Star team for the Pro Bowl, which pits the AFC against the NFC on January 29 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Green, who leads all NFL rookies in receptions with 65 and receiving yards 1,057 this season, is the first Bengals rookie selected to the Pro Bowl since WR Cris Collinsworth in the 1981 season.

In addition to Green, a number of Cincinnati players have been named as alternates for this year’s Pro Bowl, including first alternates: DT Geno Atkins, QB Andy Dalton and K Mike Nugent.

The AFC/NFC All-Star teams are based on the concensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts as one-third towards determining the 43-man rosters that represent the AFC and NFC in the Pro Bowl.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals and NFL news

Bengals don’t need Palmer; Dalton leads team to 3rd win with fourth quarter drive

 

Andy Dalton (courtesy of TCU athletics)

When Carson Palmer announced in the off-season that he would not return, but wanted a trade or retire, most media covering the NFL said the Bengals were in for another rough season where they would not win more than 1-2 games.

Don’t look now, Cincinnati has won 3 games and every game has come down to a fourth quarter drive to win or lose. Plus, their #1 NFL rated defense has kept them in every game to have a chance to win.

On Sunday, for the second straight week, the Bengals rallied in the fourth quarter, to defeat the Jaguars 30-20 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

With the win, the Bengals go to 3-2 and breaks a seven-game losing streak in Jacksonville.

The new quarterback, rookie Andy Dalton, led that late drive for the second Sunday in a row. Dalton was 21 of 33 for 179 yards passing with two touchdowns and an intereception.

The key play in the game was Bengals punter Kevin Huber blasted a 58-yard punt that was downed at the Jacksonville 2-yard line.

The Jaguars went three and out.

Their punter Matt Turk, who was punting into the winds blowing at 24 mph, kicked a wounded duck for only a 22-yard punt. But the Bengals were going get another gift before starting the drive. Cincinnati received an additional 5 yards on a penalty by the Jaguars for pushing the ball out of bounds. They started the drive at the Jacksonville 22.

The Bengals drive appeared stalled at the 19, but Marvin Lewis decided to go for it on fourth-and 6. Jermaine Gresham caught a high 9-yard pass from Dalton for the first down. Three plays later, Bernard Scott scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard run with 1:56 to play.

The other late touchdown in the fourth quarter came on the final play when the Jaguars lateraled the ball all over the field and defensive lineman Geno Atkins picked up a fumble by Blaine Gabbert and returned it 10 yards for his first career touchdown.

 

Info compiled from staff, NFL, Cincinnati Bengals, Radio & TV news

Tank Johnson released by Bengals

 

Tank Johnson (NFL photo)

The Cincinnati Bengals have released defensive tackle Tank Johnson, who missed nine games last season due to a knee injury.

The 29-year-old from Gary, Indiana has also played for Chicago and Dallas.

He is a graduate of the University of Washington.

Johnson had been limited during the current training camp and did not play in last week’s 34-3 loss to open the preseason against the Detroit Lions.

By releasing Johnson, the Bengals are giving second-year defensive lineman Geno Atkins a chance to start.

 

Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals sign draft choice DT Geno Atkins

compiled from staff, wire and Bengals news

The Cincinnati Bengals draft nine players in the 2010 NFL Draft. They now have three of the nine signed to contracts.

They agreed to terms Friday with fourth-round pick Geno Atkins. The defensive tackle signed a four-year deal worth $2.262 million as a base salary plus a signing bonus of $472,450.

Atkins, who was the University of Georgia’s defensive MVP in 2009, will be playing in a rotation that includes Domata Peka, Tank Johnson, Pat Sims, Orien Harris and Clinton McDonald.

Geno Atkins Bengals (U of Georgia photo)

Atkins is a quick and strong player, but the scouting reports say his play at Georgia was inconsistent.

As a sophomore in 2007, he had 7.5 sacks, starting 7 games.

In 2008 as a junior, he started all 13 games and had 5 sacks.

In 2009, as a senior, he had 3.5 sacks and started only 3 games. In the Independence Bowl win over Texas A&M, Atkins had three tackles, a sack and a blocked field goal to win defensive MVP honors.