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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


Bengals terminate contract of Chris Crocker; door open to re-sign later

 

Chris Crocker (2011 photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contract of safety Chris Crocker, making him a free agent.

Crocker, who just turned 32 in March, said that Bengals team president Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis told him why they made the move, but also left the door open for a possible return later.

A graduate of Marshall University, Crocker signed a $10 million, 4-year contract on February 27, 2009. He had one-year left on the deal.

Crocker, who was drafted into the NFL by the Cleveland Browns in the 3rd round in 2003, 84th overall pick, was one of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer’s captains that helped Cincinnati to two playoff appearances in the past three years.

In 2010, he injured his medial collateral ligament and missed the final half of games in 2010.

He came back at full strength to play every game in 2011.

Crocker has also played for Atlanta and Miami in his NFL career.

His career stats includes, 471 tackles, 13.0 sacks and 10 interceptions.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals, Radio & TV news

Bengals WR Simpson gets 15-day sentence

 

Jerome Simpson (file photo)

Judge Gregory Bartlett of Kenton County Circuit Court in Lexington, Kentucky, said on Thursday that he was very impressed with the testimony and letters sent to him on Jerome Simpson’s behalf. He said that the Bengals wide receiver appears to be “a good person” who had a “serious lapse in judgment.”

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was also sent a letter to Judge Bartlett in support of Simpson. He says the team is still open to offering him a new contract. Simpson currently is an unrestricted free agent.

Judge Bartlett reduced Simpson’s jail sentenced down from 30 days to 15 and also gave him three years’ probation on a drug-related charge.

Simpson pleaded guilty March 1 to the felony charge resulting from about 2 grams of marijuana shipped to his northern Kentucky home in September 2011. He was indicted on a felony charge of marijuana trafficking, but the plea seal changed the charge to a prohibited act relating to controlled substances which is also a felony.

Simpson was the Bengals second-round draft choice from Coastal Carolina in 2008, the 46th overall pick. He caught 53 passes for 758 yards and four touchdowns in 2011.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

 

Bengals still want Simpson back at WR despite drug case

 

Jerome Simpson (Bengals photo)

Eventhough WR Jerome Simpson is facing a possible four-game suspension in 2012 from the NFL, the Cincinnati Bengals say that they’ll welcome him back with a new contract.

Head coach Marvin Lewis says the organization are very open to offering the talented and speedy 26-year-old another contract, even with the possibility he’s facing jail time plus the suspension.

Simpson has spent four years with the Bengals and has come into his own the past two seasons. His career totals include 71 catches for 1,004 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Back on March 1, Simpson pleaded guilty to a drug-related charge resulting from some marijuana being shipped to his home in September. Prosecutors have said they would like to see a 60-day jail stay. The judge will decide his punishment at a hearing on April 5.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

Reports say Bengals looking at former Dallas CB Newman

 

Terence Newman as a Cowboy (2009 photo by Bigcats lair via wikipedia commons)

There are reports out of Cincinnati and the internet, that the Cincinnati Bengals are taking a look at and trying to sign 33-year-old cornerback Terence Newman who was let go by the Dallas Cowboys recently.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis speaking at the NFL owners meetings, believes that Newman can become a solid defensive back again if he can be reunited with Mike Zimmer, who coached him while with Dallas. Zimmer, currently is the defensive coordinator of the Bengals.

Newman, is a 2003 graduate of Kansas State and played for the Cowboys from that time through 2011.

In his career, Newman has 532 tackles and 32 interceptions.

 

Info compiled from NFL, Radio & TV news

 

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