OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For a little while, at least, it seemed as if Cincinnati would finally join the rest of the NFL and win a game.
Joe Mixon ran strong for a second consecutive week, and...
CINCINNATI (AP) — On his first run against Jacksonville, Joe Mixon dashed left and was dropped 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage. The last time he touched the ball ended in a 5-yard...
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon knows the ugly rushing numbers — his own, and the Bengals' overall.
He's barely been able to get back to the line of scrimmage, and that has to end if Cincinnati...
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals signed running back Giovani Bernard to a two-year contract extension Tuesday through the 2021 season. He could have become a free agent after this...
CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-10)
NEW FACES: Coach Zac Taylor, offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, LG John Jerry, RG John Miller, CB B.W. Webb.
CINCINNATI (AP) — With the exception of a fourth-round quarterback, the Bengals' first draft under coach Zac Taylor was more about upgrading their infrastructure.
CINCINNATI (AP) — One of the few bright spots in Cincinnati's offense was Joe Mixon leading the AFC in rushing last season. The Bengals put the run game front-and-center with their first two picks...
CLEVELAND (AP) — Marvin Lewis spent about 60 seconds summing up his team's latest loss. Hue Jackson was nowhere to be found.
At this point, there's not much left to say — the Cincinnati Bengals are a mess.
CINCINNATI (AP) — An entire month had come and gone without even one win, leaving the Bengals in their deepest drought since 2010.
Joe Mixon provided just enough to give the sparse crowd a reason to cheer at the end of their final home game.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon had one of the best games of his career in yet another Bengals loss — making it seven of their past eight, and counting. He sees no reason to slow down even as another season slips away in Cincinnati.
"Right now, we are down but we ain't out, so that's how I'm approaching it," the second-year running back said. "I'm going to approach it like we're in."
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.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeff Driskel was better in his second NFL start. Joe Mixon ran for more than 100 yards. A historically bad defense held its own after a rough start.
With all that, the Bengals still couldn't get the one thing they really need.
"Need a win, and everything's better," coach Marvin Lewis said Monday.
They haven't had one of those since October, leaving Cincinnati (5-8) in a freefall that's taken it from the top of the AFC North all the way to the bottom.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals knew that with a banged-up defense facing the NFL's highest-scoring offense, there was a good chance they'd have to simply outscore the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw for 358 yards and four touchdowns, Kareem Hunt finished with three scores and the Kansas City Chiefs rebounded from their first loss by throttling the Cincinnati Bengals 45-10 on Sunday night.
Mahomes was 28 of 39 with his only big mistake an underthrown interception, though the Chiefs (6-1) were already so far ahead of Cincinnati (4-3) by that point it didn't really matter.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon scored on a 4-yard run and dashed toward the stands in celebration of Cincinnati's go-ahead touchdown. On the Steelers sideline, Ben Roethlisberger looked at the clock, saw there was 1:18 left, and told his linemen not to fret.
"They gave us too much time," Big Ben said confidently.
Somehow, the Steelers never run out of time at Paul Brown Stadium.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie Sam Hubbard was disappointed as Ryan Tannehill slipped past him, avoiding a sack. A moment later, the football slipped out of the quarterback's grasp and flew right to Hubbard, who was as surprised as anyone to have it in his hands.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sam Hubbard had missed on his attempt to get Ryan Tannehill.
Next thing he knew, the ball was flying right toward him and there was nobody between him and the end zone.
The rookie had an improbably easy time completing Cincinnati's big comeback.
Michael Johnson returned an interception for the tying score, and Hubbard went 19 yards with a fumble for the clinching touchdown Sunday, rallying the Bengals from a 17-point deficit to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The first month shaped up as the Bengals' most daunting, with three road games in the first four. The offense and defense were getting accustomed to new systems. And then the injuries began.
Running back Joe Mixon tore knee cartilage. Center Billy Price tore a foot ligament. Linebacker Preston Brown sprained an ankle. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended all month for another NFL policy violation.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon's chair was upside-down in his locker on Monday, a reminder that the Cincinnati Bengals are moving ahead without the running back who's been a key part of their 2-0 start.
Mixon had debris removed from his right knee over the weekend and is expected to be sidelined for a few games. In the interim, the AFC North leaders will lean more heavily on Giovani Bernard and Tra Carson, who hasn't carried the ball in an NFL game.
CINCINNATI (AP) — When the Bengals raised the curtain on their new offense, Joe Mixon was front and center.
The second-year running back was the focus of Cincinnati's redesigned offense on Sunday, getting all but one of the carries and finishing second in receiving. A 34-23 win at Indianapolis showed a different focus in coordinator Bill Lazor's redesigned playbook.
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.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon took a handoff from Andy Dalton and found the hole off right guard for a 25-yard run in the first quarter of a game at Pittsburgh on Oct. 22. The Bengals lost 29-14, falling to 2-4. For Mixon, it would be the longest run of his rookie season.
That's not what Cincinnati expected when it took a public relations hit and drafted Mixon in the second round last year.
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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals turned back to offense in the fourth round of the draft, filling their need for a backup running back.
They picked up Mark Walton from Miami with the 112th overall pick. He missed most of last season with an injured right ankle.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton hasn't seen this much change in the Bengals' offense since his rookie season. He's expecting even more when the NFL draft begins on Thursday.
For the second straight year, the Bengals need a lot of help on offense.
They chose receiver John Ross and running back Joe Mixon with their first two picks last season, hoping to inject big plays into an offense that had declined.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The city of Norman has agreed to pay $60,000 in attorney fees to settle a lawsuit over its refusal to release surveillance video that showed former University of Oklahoma and now-NFL running back Joe Mixon striking a woman in a deli.
The Norman City Council approved the agreement this week.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tennessee could be without starting running back DeMarco Murray next week when it tried to clinch a playoff spot.
Murray injured his right knee with 2:23 left in the game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Coach Mike Mularkey said his running back will have an MRI, but it doesn't look good.
The Rams lost left guard Rodger Saffold to a rib injury late in the game. Los Angeles safety Marqui Christian also hurt a shoulder.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals put center T.J. Johnson on injured reserve Saturday with an injured chest muscle, the latest setback to a team already depleted by injuries. They signed running back Jarveon Williams off their practice squad.
Cincinnati (5-8) plays at Minnesota (10-3) on Sunday. The Bengals will be missing both starting cornerbacks — Adam "Pacman" Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick — along with three starting linebackers, including Vontaze Burfict.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals put cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones on injured reserve Saturday, ending his season with a groin injury.
Jones is one of at least six starters who isn't expected to play Sunday against the Bears (3-9) at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals (5-7) suffered significant losses at cornerback during a 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night, when Jones got hurt while making an interception.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A woman has filed a protective order against Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson in Cleveland County Court.
Court documents say a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18. An Oklahoma spokesman said the school is aware and gathering information.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon was frustrated.
Accustomed to breaking off big run after big run for Oklahoma, the rookie running back couldn't even get back to the line of scrimmage with the Bengals.
Big plays? Just getting a couple of yards was the best he could do. Finally, he accepted that sometimes that's the way it goes in the NFL, and things started to change.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals running back Joe Mixon and Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer exchanged jerseys at midfield, two rookies still looking to make their mark in the NFL.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon got frustrated as the subpar games piled up. At times, the rookie running back who picked up 100 yards so easily at Oklahoma couldn't even get to the line of scrimmage.
Against the Browns, he got his long-awaited breakout game.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals are celebrating their 50th season.
None has been worse when it comes to their running game.
Cincinnati ranks last in the NFL in running the ball and is on pace to shatter franchise records for ineptitude on the ground. There's no relief in sight for the fading Bengals (3-6) , who play in Denver (3-6) on Sunday.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals filled their need for a running back by signing Brian Hill off the Falcons practice squad Tuesday.
Hill was a fifth-round pick from Wyoming. He started the season on Atlanta's 53-man roster and played one game on special teams before he was waived and signed to the practice squad.
The Bengals were down to running backs Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard after Jeremy Hill went on injured reserve over the weekend with an ankle injury that requires surgery.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals took A.J. Green at his word. They kept throwing his way, even after the ball repeatedly slipped through his wet hands. The elusive receiver found a way to make the difference, just as promised.
Green contributed to three turnovers that kept it close, but he also had a 77-yard touchdown and another long catch that set up the go-ahead score Sunday, rallying Cincinnati to a 20-16 victory over the Buffalo Bills in a steady rain.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — They aren't quite Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, but Oklahoma running backs Abdul Adams and Trey Sermon are getting the job done for the third-ranked Sooners.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon moved into the role of featured running back, carrying more times than in the first two games combined. A.J. Green became a go-to receiver again, with as many catches as in his first two games.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield is one of the most visible players in college football.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-9-1)
New faces: WR John Ross, RB Joe Mixon, LB Kevin Minter, K Randy Bullock.
Key losses: LT Andrew Whitworth, RG Kevin Zeitler, CB Adam "Pacman" Jones (suspended by NFL for first game), LB Vontaze Burfict (suspended for first three games).
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — In most cases, replacing two record-holders at one position would be cause for concern.
Oklahoma feels as if it is reloading.
The Sooners need to fill the slots left open when running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon chose to leave early for the NFL. Perine left Oklahoma as the school's all-time rushing leader, and he's climbing the depth chart with the Washington Redskins.
CINCINNATI (AP) — John Ross got his diploma. Joe Mixon lost 10 pounds. The Bengals' top rookies spent the last few weeks finishing their college careers and getting ready to try to make an immediate impact in the next one.