The Bengals today made the following roster moves:
* Signed free agent OT Dennis Roland, a sixth-year NFL player. Roland (6-9, 315; Georgia) played for the Bengals from 2008 through Game 3 of this season, seeing action in 69 games and three postseason games. He played in this season’s first three games and was released on Sept. 25.
* Placed G Clint Boling on the Reserve/Injured list. Boling, the team’s starting LG since the beginning of last season, sustained a season-ending knee injury this past Sunday at San Diego.
Bengals.com: With Boling done for year, Bengals mull Whit at guard
Bengals defense a curmudgeon in pass happy NFL
Kevin Goheen, FoxSportsOhio
“That’s a good defense. They’ve got good linebackers that tackle and really run. The secondary is a very experienced group that plays well,” said Rivers. “I thought defensively, arguably, the best defense we’ve played against. We helped them some, but they had a lot to do with it.”
It could be worse.....
Former Bengals cornerback honored
In conjunction with the Freedom Center's look at Sam Freedman's book Breaking the Line,former Bengals cornerback Ken Riley is going to be honored at the Dec. 8 game at Paul Brown Stadium against the Colts. Riley is one of the key figures in the book that traces his 1967 season as the Florida A&M quarterback during a pivotal year in the civil rights movement. Through the eyes of Riley and his coach, Jake Gaither, as well as Grambling coach Eddie Robinson and his quarterback James Harris, Freedman studies how the game and society were reacting to change.
Breaking The Line: Panel discussion
Who: Sam Freedman, Ken Riley and Clarence G. Newsome, Ph.D.
What: Breaking the Line: A Panel Discussion
When: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Harriet Tubman Theater, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The discussion will be moderated by Samuel Freedman, New York Times columnist and author of Breaking The Line, which is about black college football and the Civil Rights struggle during the late 1960s. A book signing ofBreaking The Line immediately follows the lecture. This lecture is presented in collaboration with the Cincinnati Bengals and Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Cincinnati Bengals Kick Off The 2013 Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Collection
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Unites States Marine Corps Reserves are teaming up again for the Annual Toys for Tots Collection on Sunday, December 8th before the Bengals/Indianapolis Colts game at Paul Brown Stadium. U.S. Marine Corps Reserves will be at all entrances to Paul Brown Stadium with Mobile Storage Depot Containers to collect new, unwrapped toys and cash donations. All contributions benefit the less fortunate children in our community.
The Cincinnati Bengals have hosted this event for over 25 years and Bengals fans are always very generous. More than 50,000 children in the 8 county Tri-State area will benefit from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Collection.
Every contribution makes a huge difference. We hope every Bengals fan will support this years Toys for Tots collection by bringing a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation to the Bengals/Colts game on Sunday, December 8th.
I was emailed this video over the weekend….it shows you what Cincinnati Childrens' Hospital is all about. I'll never forget a conversation I had with a friend, shortly after Casey's AML leukemia diagnosis over 10 years ago. He said, "No parent ever wants their child to be in the hospital, but if they have to be, there is no better place than Cincinnati Children's Hospital." He could not have been more correct. Casey spent many weeks and months at Children's. He received chemo/radiation and his bone marrow transplant at Children's. During the times we were scared and seeking answers, to the joy of good news, the staff at Children's was there for us. We will never forget the staff, from the doctors and nurses, to the head of the kid's playroom and director of the bone marrow transplant team.
Join us for Bengals Line!
Special guests: WR Andrew Hawkins and DL Brandon Thompson
Who: Lap, me and Bengals players
What: Bengals Line
When: Monday night, 6-9pm
Where: Holy Grail Banks
Why: To talk Bengals, hear from the players, win cool prizes, enjoy great food and drinks.
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 01: Defensive end Wallace Gilberry #95 of the Cincinnati Bengals sacks quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 1, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
*You can seek style points, I'll take huge road win.
*8+2+4+3=playoffs....8 wins, 2 game lead, 4 games to go, 3 home games
*Felt like an AFC North game.
*HUUUGE seeding implications Sunday vs Colts. Already hold tiebreak vs Pats.
*What a job by defense. Chargers had scored 38 points in 31 minute stretch vs KC last week.
*I'll be honest, I thought this was the game all the injuries would catch up and the defense could get hit hard.
*Dalton outplayed Rivers.
*Interesting how active Twitter is for a Dalton pick, that doesn't lead to points, vs Dalton dart to Hawkins, Green and TD pass.
*Marvin 6 for 6 on challenges.
*Won turnover battle on road.
*Physical on both lines.
*164 yards rushing and 190 yards passing.
*BJGE season high 92 yards....team 38-164 (4.3)
*Huge game by Whit...interested to see ProFootballFocus grade.
*Whit pulled, then Pollack pulled big gains, again, again. OL energized by runs.
*OL fire drill: A. Smith out/Collins in/Boling injured. AC most underrated player on team.
*6 straight runs, 4-yard TD BJGE...7-0...10 plays/67 yards.
*OL opening gaping holes on run, then Dalton 21 yards to AJ TD 14-7...10 plays/75 yards.
*Hawkins 3rd & 2 Dalton 50 yards, got out hole at 18 (hamstring?) 3 targers, 3 catches, 65 yds.
*AJ crushed on high 3rd down throw by Dalton.
*Empty backfield/Shotgun 1st down own 14 after pounding ball for TD?...3 & out.
*Sweep Hawk big 1st down, help D catch breath.
*Dalton got Green hurt, tossed Wobble Lob, INT #17, had 41 yards passing at half, and missed big YAC by not hitting Jones in stride on slant.
1st half: 5-10, 41 yards, INT
2nd half: 9-13, 149 yards, TD, 50 yd dart to Hawk, 28 yds to AJ.
*Twitter wanted Josh Johnson in 2nd half. Classic.
*Dalton better head to head QB rating and W vs Rivers Rodgers, Brady, Ben and Stafford.
*Yards per attempt: Dalton 8.3, Rivers 6.6.
*Dalton over 3,000 yards for 3rd straight year start career...joins Manning as 1 of 2 QB to do so.
*3rd & 2 pass? Intentional grounding. BJGE averaging 5.9 per rush?
*Kevin Goheen: 1st half last 4 games: 104 yds (at SD), 108 (CLE), 102 (at BALT), 141 (at Miami), 25 total 1st downs, 3 offensive TDs=2 games.
*BJGE fumbles 3rd & 1 at SD 24...led to SD FG.
*4:35 to go, 1st down, Dalton bullet to Green 28 yards!
*Forced 3 turnovers, all by the secondary. SD had turned it over just 3 times previous 3 games.
*Held SD to FG after Dalton INT/BJGE INT....I think Lap said only 2 TD allowed this year on 24 TO?
*Listener Tony Schweier wondered if SD ever ran a play inside Bengals 30-yard line? They did not:
31-yd line: Fumble
30-yard line: TD pass
30-yard line: Interception
30-yard line: Field goal
*Sacked Rivers twice, but contast traffic and forced movement.
*Gutty day by Burfict on bad ankle: game high 13 tackles
*Huge play: Dre with INT/strip of Gates/halts drive of at least FG (1st career INT).
*Hell of job on Woodhead: 7 carries 22 yards (long 7), 3 catches 13 yards (long 9).
1st half: 12-18, 145 yards, TD
2nd half: 11-19, 107 yards, INT
*Rivers had his lowest QB rating in the 16 games since Bengals held to 62.8 last year (SD Union Tribune).
*Reggie Nelson hits Gates/Iloka recovers 1st drive.
*Adam missed 3rd down pick/next play Rivers-Green, beat Rey, TD, 7-7.
*Rey Maualuga looked half step slow early, wound up 10 tackles, sack.
*Gilberry 3rd down sack, 6.5 (5.5 last year)/later 3rd down pass deflection.
*Iloka slipped, got up, tracked down Allen, Jones fought off block, both teamed to force fumble, Vinny Rey recovered..
*Confusion 1st drive/burned timeout.
*Late hit Harrison on Rivers.
*Huber 75 yd punt downed by Dre, career long (ties Kyle Larsen/franchise record).
*Dre battled his tail off.
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 1: BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates with his teammate after scoring a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers during their game on December 1, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Lewis also said it appears as if Boling has a torn ACL— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) December 2, 2013
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 1: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals prepares to head onto the field before their game against the San Diego Chargers on December 1, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
@LanceMcAlister why hammer bengal fans for wanting a change...johnson at qb could be a big improvement over a guy that has 19 of 24 turnover— Dale Kramer (@Remark_elad) December 2, 2013
What it means: The Bengals kicked off December exactly the way they had hoped before they boarded the plane Friday for the West Coast. All last week they talked about going 5-0 across the final five games of the season. Now they have Game 1 in the books. This one was important, in part, because they had to travel so far. It also was important because they continue to factor in discussions of the first-round bye and home-field advantage in the AFC. The more wins the Bengals can amass across the next few weeks -- including an important one against another division leader next week -- the longer they will be in those conversations.
Playoff picture: Bengals host Chiefs
Bengals grind Chargers
Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
SAN DIEGO — It was supposed to be an AFC West shootout Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium, so naturally an AFC North bar-room brawl broke out in a game that teetered on defense, special teams, and turnovers and the Bengals survived when they turned to their running game to squeeze the last 4:43 out of the clock with a 17-10 victory.
Paul Dehner Jr, Enquirer: All the talk of identity on offense fell the background Sunday in San Diego. The Bengals clearly had one. And they shoved it down the Chargers throat.
Joe Reedy, Enquirer: The Bengals came into this game with more than a few questions, but some of them were answered. For one, we didn’t know how the defense and the secondary would do against a good passing offense.
Kevin Goheen, FoxSportsOhio: The Bengals came into the game with the No. 20 rushing attack in the NFL but Sunday was the seventh time they've gone over 100 yards as a team and the fourth time they've had at least 160 yards on the ground in a game this season.
Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune: Next time the Cincinnati Bengals defense comes to San Diego, send these guys to Windandsea Beach for a day of surfing, followed by a night out in Tijuana. Tire them out. Or else they’ll wear out the Chargers.
6:05, Bengals Line from Holy Grail Banks
(Courtesy: UC athletics)
Bearcats announce special giveaway
The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics and Quote Guardian are pleased to announce a special Keg of Nails giveaway for the first 5,000 fans entering Nippert Stadium for Thursday night’s game. To commemorate this historic rivalry, Quote Guardian is proud to partner with the Bearcats to offer a replica Keg of Nails.
Father/Daughter Date Day
We saw How The Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Aronoff Saturday.
It was excellent and we highly recommend it. Peyton picked The Tin Roof for lunch afterwards.
You must try the Tin Roof Sandwich: Chicken, peanut butter, honey and banana!
This is cool
ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 30: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate on the field after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 42-41 at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Columbus' 42.8 rating for Ohio St-Michigan is tops followed by Dayton 30.8, Cleveland 26.0, Detroit 20.2 & Cincy 16.7— Mike Humes (@MikeHumesESPN) December 2, 2013
Buckeyes No. 2 in latest BCS standings
Zac Jackson, FoxSportsOhio
The new standings have Ohio State with a BCS score of .9503 and No. 3 Auburn at .9233. That margin is small enough to think that Auburn could pass Ohio State and claim the second spot in the BCS National Championship Game if Auburn beats No. 5 Missouri in Saturday's SEC Championship Game.
BCS guru Brad Edwards explains all national championship possibilities
Odd 'n Ends
From RJ Bell of Pregame.com
Early spread from Golden Nugget:
Florida State favored by 9.5-points over Ohio State
Ohio State better than Auburn?
Consensus Las Vegas opinion: Ohio State would be favored by 2.5-points over Auburn
Early spreads for next week:
Ohio State -6 vs. Michigan State
Auburn -1.5 vs. Missouri
Florida State -29 vs. Duke
Oklahoma State -11 vs. Oklahoma
49ers -3 hosting Seattle
For breaking Vegas odds and trends: Follow on Twitter: @RJinVegas
MLB teams have until 11:59 tonight to tender 2014 contracts to any unsigned players on 40-man roster. Players that are not tendered a contract become free agents and are eligible to sign with any team. Mark Sheldon has more HERE.
Here are projected aribtration numbers from MLB Trade Rumors:
Are Reds in for a December surprise?
John Fay, Enquirer
According to Cot's Contracts, the Reds have $83.35 million committed to 13 players for '14. Add in big ticket arbitration-eligible players like Homer Bailey ($9 million or so) and Mike Leake (between $5 and $6 million) and the Reds are already approaching $100 million in payroll.
This year's payroll of $106.8 million was a club record.
Payroll flexibility is one of the reasons the Reds would be willing to part with Brandon Phillips. Phillips is owed $52 million over the next four years. The Reds would definitely be weaker second base in '14 if they move him.
Note on Butler guard (Moeller HS) Alex Barlow from Indy Star: Through seven games, and 229 total minutes, Alex Barlow has turned the ball over only five times this season. That's one every 45 minutes he's on the court. It's also a main reason why the Bulldogs entered Sunday's game leading the nation with fewest turnovers (7.8) by possession.
Burgundy in Bismark
From Deadspin: Comedian Will Ferrell made his latest appearance as anchorman Ron Burgundy on Saturday night when he dropped by KXMB-TV in Bismarck to co-anchor the news broadcast.
The Meijer Team Gear Department is offering $600 in gift cards for this week's blog contest:
We had 11 listeners guess within 5 yards of the Bengals 354 total yards of offense.
We had 2 listeners NAIL the total!
Congrats to Darrin Herndon who edged Russ Dodd on the tie-break (Bengals points scored: 27 to 28).
Thanks to everyone that played!
Thanks to the Meijer Team Gear Department for a very cool prize!
How many total yards of offense will the Bengals rack up on Sunday vs San Diego?
-Winner must pick the EXACT number of yards.
-Post your entry below in comment section below.
-One entry per person. In the case of multiple posts by an individual, all picks by individual will be disregarded.
-Include a tie-breaker to your prediction: How many points will Bengals score vs Chargers? (Winner: Closest without going over/or closer than other person)
-Deadline: Sunday, December 1, noon (eastern)
Rollover: If we don't have a winner, the contest will rollover to the following week and Meijer will add ANOTHER $100 to the pot.
-Winner will be notified through their post in the comment section below. Winner will have until Monday, December 9 to claim prize.
Big thanks to the Meijer Team Gear Department, the place to get your Reds, Bengals, UC, XU, UK and OSU gear!
Where were you when Auburn beat Alabama?
Based on the stakes and the way it ended, is there a wilder finish in the history of college football?
If OSU beats Michigan State, Auburn beats Missouri and Florida State beats Duke, who is more deserving of playing FSU in BCS title game: OSU or Auburn?
Join the heated debate below.
ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 30: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after stopping a Michigan Wolverines two point conversion in the fourth quarter during a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Video: Ohio State bus goes nuts watching end of Auburn-Alabama game
Fight to the finish
Bill Rabinowitz, Columbus Dispatch
Meyer said he wasn’t surprised that Hoke went for the win instead of the tying extra-point kick after Devin Funchess caught a 2-yard touchdown pass.
“I would have done the same thing,” he said. “You go win the game, no question. Both offenses were kind of in the unstoppable mode.”
Hoke asked his seniors whether they wanted to go for the two-point conversion.
“I don’t think there was one guy that said no,” left tackle Taylor Lewan said.
Tyvis Powell said CB coach Kerry Coombs correctly predicted play Michigan ran on 2-pt conversion he intercepted. "Coach Coombs is a genius."— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 30, 2013
You wonder why coaches work such long hours, live in film rooms. And then Kerry Coombs tells his guys what's coming on the 2-pt conversion.— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) November 30, 2013
Alabama-Auburn: Are you serious?
AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30: Chris Davis #11 of the Auburn Tigers returns a missed field goal for the winning touchdown in their 34 to 28 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
How it sounded
The CBS call from Vern Lundquist: "An answered prayer"
Let the debate begin
Auburn AD says Tigers should jump OSU
Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs was already lobbying for his team, with one-loss, to jump the Buckeyes. He told reporters it would be a "a disservice to college football" if a one-loss SEC champion was left out of the national title game in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6.
Burfict now questionable wtih ankle injury
Cincinnati 95 Kennesaw State 67
The Miami Redhawks finished the season 0-12 (0-8 MAC) with Saturday's 55-14 loss at Ball State. Miami was outscored 428-117 this season, and average score of 35.7 to 9.8.
Miami had 14 TD's on the season, their opponents scored 55 TD's.
Miami was outscored in each quarters this season:
NBA action is fantastic!
Thanks for nothing South Florida