CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green ran a deep route along the left sideline and caught Andy Dalton's pass in stride, a sight the Bengals desperately missed during their last-place season.
CINCINNATI (AP) — John Ross read the reports that the Bengals were trying to trade him ahead of the draft.
Not only did they keep him, they decided not to add any receivers, leaving Ross...
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11. CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-10)
LAST SEASON: Third straight losing season and another significant attendance decline ended coach Marvin Lewis' run at 16 seasons. Rams QB coach Zac Taylor takes...
CINCINNATI (AP) — Zac Taylor got up early Tuesday and headed to Paul Brown Stadium for his first meeting with his new team, one that was watching closely to see how the 35-year-old coach would...
Northern Iowa meets Bradley in MVC finals
Northern Iowa (16-17, 11-9) vs. Bradley (19-14, 11-9)
Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Championship, Enterprise Center, St. Louis; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
Northern Iowa, Drake meet in MVC semis
Northern Iowa (15-17, 10-9) vs. Drake (24-8, 13-6)
Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Semifinals, Enterprise Center, St. Louis; Saturday, 6:05 p.m. EST
Northern Iowa, S. Illinois meet in MVC quarters
No. 6 seed Northern Iowa (14-17, 9-9) vs. No. 3 seed Southern Illinois (17-14, 10-8)
Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Enterprise Center, St. Louis; Friday, 9:30 p.m....
Key scores 20 to lead Indiana St. over N. Iowa 71-54
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Tyreke Key had 20 points as Indiana State topped Northern Iowa 71-54 on Saturday.
Cooper Neese had 14 points for Indiana State (15-15, 7-11 Missouri Valley...
Indiana St. looks for home win vs Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa (14-16, 9-8) vs. Indiana State (14-15, 6-11)
Hulman Center, Terre Haute, Indiana; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Indiana State looks for its fourth straight win over...
Townes carries Loyola of Chicago over Northern Iowa 56-55
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Marques Townes registered 16 points and eight rebounds as Loyola of Chicago edged past Northern Iowa 56-55 on Wednesday night.
Northern Iowa looks to extend streak vs Loyola-Chicago
Loyola of Chicago (17-12, 10-6) vs. Northern Iowa (14-15, 9-7)
McLeod Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Northern Iowa looks for its fifth straight...
Green scores 22 to lead N. Iowa over Valparaiso 64-53
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — AJ Green had 22 points as Northern Iowa beat Valparaiso 64-53 on Saturday night.
Luke McDonnell had 13 points for Northern Iowa (14-15, 9-7 Missouri Valley...
Northern Iowa seeks revenge on Valpo
Valparaiso (14-14, 7-8) vs. Northern Iowa (13-15, 8-7)
McLeod Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Valparaiso goes for the season sweep over Northern Iowa after...
Lohaus scores 22 to lead N. Iowa past Missouri St. 63-43
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Wyatt Lohaus had 22 points as Northern Iowa easily defeated Missouri State 63-43 on Wednesday night.
Isaiah Brown had 15 points and six rebounds for Northern Iowa...
Green scores 21 to lift N Iowa past Evansville 73-58
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — AJ Green had 21 points as Northern Iowa beat Evansville 73-58 on Sunday.
Trae Berhow had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Northern Iowa (12-15, 7-7 Missouri Valley Conference), which ended its five-game road losing streak. Spencer Haldeman added 14 points. Wyatt Lohaus had 11 points and eight rebounds for the visitors.
Berhow scores 20 to carry N. Iowa over Illinois St. 77-64
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Trae Berhow had a season-high 20 points as Northern Iowa topped Illinois State 77-64 on Wednesday night.
Spencer Haldeman had 16 points for Northern Iowa (11-15, 6-7 Missouri Valley Conference). AJ Green added 13 points. Isaiah Brown had 10 points for the home team.
Wyatt Lohaus, whose 10 points per game heading into the matchup was second on the Panthers, shot only 14 percent for the game (1 of 7).
McGlynn scores 22 to lead Drake past N. Iowa 83-77
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nick McGlynn had 22 points as Drake beat Northern Iowa 83-77 on Saturday.
D.J. Wilkins had 18 points for Drake (18-7, 7-5 Missouri Valley Conference). Tremell Murphy added 15 points and eight rebounds. Brady Ellingson had 12 points for the home team.
AJ Green had 19 points for the Panthers (10-15, 5-7). Wyatt Lohaus added 16 points. Spencer Haldeman had 12 points.
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Bradley wins on the road, tops Northern Iowa 79-71
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Darrell Brown hit 5 of 6 from beyond the arc to scored 29 points as Bradley picked up a rare road victory at Northern Iowa, 79-71 in a Missouri Valley Conference battle Wednesday night.
Coming into the game the home team in the all-time series between the teams had won 40 of 57 games. Northern Iowa won the first meeting between the schools on the road, 65-47.
Smits leads Valparaiso past Northern Iowa 75-66
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Derrik Smits finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and Valparaiso turned back Northern Iowa 75-66 on Saturday.
Illinois State downs Northern Iowa 70-69 behind Yarbrough
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Phil Fayne added 19 points with seven boards, and Illinois State held off Northern Iowa 70-69 on Tuesday night.
Matt Chastain scored 12 points for the Redbirds (9-7, 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who trailed 33-32 at halftime but Fayne opened the second half with a basket and they never trailed again.
Pippen leads Southern Illinois past Northern Iowa 58-51
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Kavion Pippen tossed in 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Southern Illinois turned back Northern Iowa 58-51 on Saturday night.
Aaron Cook and Marcus Bartley scored 14 and 13, respectively, for the Salukis (9-6, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference), who got just three points from their bench.
Northern Iowa downs Bradley 65-47 in MVC opener
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Trae Berhow scored 14 points with four 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds and Northern Iowa beat Bradley 65-47 in Wednesday night's Missouri Valley Conference opener.
Isaiah Brown also scored 14 points and AJ Green added 10 points and made four assists for the Panthers (6-8), who held Bradley to 38-percent shooting and are now 32-30 all-time against the Braves. Justin Dahl grabbed eight rebounds.
Joe Mixon becomes centerpiece of Bengals’ depleted offense
CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green had surgery on his injured toe. Tight end Tyler Eifert is recovering from a broken ankle. Andy Dalton is gone, too, sidelined by a torn thumb ligament in his passing hand.
What's left of the Bengals' offense? Running back Joe Mixon, who's settling into the role Cincinnati envisioned for him during last year's draft.
Bengals receiver A.J. Green out for the season with injury
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals receiver A.J. Green will be sidelined for the rest of the season with an injured toe on his right foot.
The Bengals placed him on injured reserve Wednesday. Green got hurt on Oct. 28, missed three games with the injury, and returned last Sunday against Denver. He aggravated it while running a route, and he's getting medical opinions on whether he should have surgery.
Green finishes with 46 catches for 694 yards — both career lows — and six touchdowns.
Broncos’ Chris Harris Jr. leaves with broken right leg
NEW YORK (AP) — Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his lower right leg in the first quarter of the Broncos' 24-10 win over the Bengals on Sunday.
It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined with a cracked bone in his lower leg. He'll have more tests in Denver on Monday.
Harris said it's possible he could be back by the end of December.
"If we make the playoffs, I know I'll be ready for that," Harris said.
Bengals’ season unravels more with 24-10 loss to Broncos
CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green took a couple of steps, tried to cut and crumbled to the ground, grabbing his right foot. He was carted off the field, along with the Bengals' hopes of a late-season recovery.
Broncos try to extend late surge against reeling Bengals
CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green has a collection of stories about quarterback Jeff Driskel's athletic exploits, such as the way he can dribble between his legs and dunk.
Or outrun teammates. Or play multiple positions in practice.
Green suggested that Driskel might be the best all-around athlete on the Bengals.
"Nice," Driskel said in response. "But I don't know about that."
Bengals seek answers after loss to Ravens drops them to .500
BALTIMORE (AP) — A once-promising season is spiraling dangerously out of control, and the Cincinnati Bengals can't even agree on the proper path to turning themselves back into a postseason contender.
There's no doubt that the defense has to get better. Yet the offense hasn't exactly been racking up the points without injured wide receiver A.J. Green.
"That's an individual that we need," Bengals safety Shawn Williams said.
Bengals hold out hope WR Green could play vs Ravens
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals are leaving a slight possibility that receiver A.J. Green could play Sunday at Baltimore even though he hasn't practiced the last two weeks because of a toe injury.
Green initially was listed Friday as out for the game, as anticipated. Cincinnati later did an about-face and listed him as doubtful, giving him a slight chance to play. The offense struggled without him during a 51-14 loss to the Saints last week.
Bengals come out of bye missing top receiver A.J. Green
CINCINNATI (AP) — The black stool rested upside-down in A.J. Green's locker — not a site the Bengals wanted to see coming out of their bye week .
Bengals pick off Winston 4 times for 37-34 win over Bucs
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals had four interceptions, six sacks and a late 18-point lead. They needed all of it — and every last second on the clock as well — to salvage a win that was more relief than anything.
Jessie Bates returned Jameis Winston's fourth interception for a touchdown Sunday, and the Bengals overcame Ryan Fitzpatrick's late rally for a 37-34 victory that left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a question at quarterback.
Bengals’ Boyd would love to beat hometown Steelers for once
CINCINNATI (AP) — Hines Ward was Tyler Boyd's favorite Steelers player while he grew up in Clairton, Pennsylvania. He loved how No. 86 made the tough catches in the biggest games and helped Pittsburgh win two Super Bowls during his 14 seasons.
"He was my guy," the Bengals receiver said. "Everything about him was good. He was quick, aggressive, he was smart, just a guy that everyone looked up to in the Pittsburgh area."
Young Bengals team finding ways to pull ’em out at the end
CINCINNATI (AP) — Since blowing a late lead to the Steelers during their first-round playoff loss in the 2015 season, the Bengals have been known for coming up short at the end of close games.
A young defense with a knack for turnovers is changing Cincinnati's style.
Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict activated after 4-game suspension
CINCINNATI (AP) — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is back on the Cincinnati Bengals' active roster after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancer policy.
He's glad to be back, even doing some work with special teams. He watched his teammates pull out a 37-36 win at Atlanta last Sunday on Andy Dalton's touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 7 seconds left in regulation.
Tyler Boyd emerges as Bengals’ top receiver in 3rd season
CINCINNATI (AP) — Tyler Boyd watched some of the Bengals' worst moments from the sideline, unable to contribute to the NFL's least-effective offense. The receiver turned those moments into something better when he got another chance.
Bengals’ Andy Dalton back in comfort zone in new offense
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals knew drastic changes were in order after they finished last in the league in offense and Andy Dalton suffered through his worst season since he was a rookie.
They changed the playbook, bolstered the offensive line and decided to set Dalton loose.
One month into the season, he's back in a comfort zone and producing as well as ever.
Clutch: 1st-place Bengals showing new ability for big plays
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sitting in the end zone after his game-turning catch, A.J. Green raised the ball in celebration as Bengals teammates streamed toward him. They haven't had many moments like this one — not in recent years, not in their 51-year history.
The moment captured the difference between this Bengals team and the past few: It's developed a knack for the big play in the final minutes.
Bengals don’t flinch, beat Falcons on Dalton’s late TD pass
ATLANTA (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals had no reason to panic when they trailed the Atlanta Falcons by five points with about four minutes remaining.
That was plenty of time for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his top targets, Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green.
Dalton's 13-yard touchdown pass to Green with 7 seconds remaining capped an impressive drive that lifted Cincinnati to a 37-36 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Falcons defense keeps coming up short at the end
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are making a bad habit of collapsing in the final moments of games.
They were at it again in Sunday's 37-36 loss to Cincinnati, allowing Andy Dalton to complete a 13-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 7 seconds remaining.
"It's like just taking your heart and ripping it out," defensive end Vic Beasley said. "It's tough, but it's just part of the game. It's why we play the game. We play the game to win, but sometimes that's how it ends up."
Dalton’s late TD pass to Green lifts Bengals over Falcons
ATLANTA (AP) — Watching from the Cincinnati sideline, Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick couldn't stop smiling as he watched Bengals receivers Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green shred the Atlanta Falcons' secondary on the game-winning drive.
"They went crazy," Kirkpatrick said. "Watching them do what they do puts big smiles on everybody's faces. This is what it's about."
Panthers CB Bradberry seeks breakout year vs NFL’s top WRs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers cornerback James Bradberry has set his sights on becoming an All-Pro cornerback this season.
He will certainly have the opportunity to prove he belongs in that category.
The Panthers third-year cover man will face the some of the league's best wide receivers in the coming weeks, beginning with Atlanta's Julio Jones on Sunday.
Dalton throws 4 TD passes, leads Bengals over Ravens 34-23
CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton has turned into a big pain for the Baltimore Ravens.
He threw four touchdown passes on Thursday night — three of them to A.J. Green — as the Cincinnati Bengals got ahead big and held on for a 34-23 victory that left them alone atop the AFC North.
It's an unaccustomed spot for Cincinnati, which is off to its first 2-0 start since it won the division title in 2015.
Andy Dalton throws 4 TD passes, Bengals beat Ravens 34-23
CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton kept the Ravens out of the playoffs last year by throwing a long touchdown pass. He sent them to another loss on Thursday night by throwing four more, getting the best of a defense that has bedeviled him for much of his career.
Dalton threw four touchdown passes in the first half — three to A.J. Green — and the Cincinnati Bengals held on for a 34-23 victory over Baltimore that made them the early leaders in the AFC North.
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CINCINNATI BENGALS (7-9)
New faces: LT Cordy Glenn, RT Bobby Hart, C Billy Price, LB Preston Brown, S Jessie Bates, DE Sam Hubbard.
Key losses: QB AJ McCarron, C Russell Bodine, CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, RB Jeremy Hill, LB Kevin Minter.
OSU football: Former Oklahoma State cornerback Madre Harper lands at Southern Illinois
Two years after he enrolled early at Oklahoma State, a former Cowboy defensive back has enrolled at a new school.
Lazor gets chance to resurrect Bengals’ league-worst offense
CINCINNATI (AP) — When Bill Lazor looks at the Bengals' playbook, he sees the imprint of three coordinators. He's getting a chance to try to pull it all together and resurrect the NFL's least-productive offense — a shocking statistic for a talented unit.
James Hawkins of The Detroit News breaks down Sunday's Lions-Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium (1 p.m. Fox/WJR 760).
BENGALS TO WATCH
A.J. Green, WR: Amid a disappointing season in Cincinnati, Green has remained the one consistent threat on offense. While it hasn't been his best season, the seven-time Pro Bowler is still on the cusp of his sixth 1,000-yard season with 980 yards and eight touchdowns.
Bengals’ offense has hit the wall in past 2 games
CINCINNATI (AP) — An offense featuring Andy Dalton and A.J. Green can barely get a first down these days, leaving the Bengals on track to finish as worst in the NFL.
Nobody knows how to get more out of it in the final two games.
Last week the fantasy playoffs began with a murderer's row of quarterback matchups — including Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger squaring off against fantasy's two stingiest QB defenses in the Jaguars and Ravens, respectively.
Well, Russ (QB6 overall in Week 14) and Big Ben (QB1) clearly aced their tests. Will two top-shelf WR1s this season — DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green — fare similarly well?