CINCINNATI (1-1) at PITTSBURGH (1-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Steelers by 3, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will play on Sunday against Cincinnati, while star outside linebacker T.J. Watt is questionable due to a groin injury.
Roethlisberger was a full participant in practice on Friday after being limited on Thursday while dealing with a bruised chest suffered in a loss to Las Vegas last week.
If it seems as if the Packers have transferred to the NFC West or the 49ers moved to the NFC North, blame the schedule makers at league headquarters.
When Green Bay (1-1) visits San Francisco (2-0) on Sunday, it will be the fourth trip to the Bay Area for the Cheeseheads in 22 months.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — No matter when it comes, that first loss always stings.
All the work during the offseason. All the optimism built over the course of training camp. All the preparation during game week.
CHICAGO (1-1) at CLEVELAND (1-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Browns by 7/12, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — So much for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ very brief run with good health.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith, wide receiver Diontae Johnson and cornerback Joe Haden and inside linebacker Devin Bush are among a growing list of players dealing with issues as the Steelers (1-1) prepare to host Cincinnati (1-1) on Sunday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney set the mandate a couple of weeks after watching his team get blown out at home by Cleveland in the opening round of the 2020 playoffs.
"Everybody in the building agrees you can’t finish 32nd in the league in running and feel like you’re going to have a successful season,” Rooney said in late January.
CINCINNATI (AP) — After an exhilarating overtime win in Week 1, the Cincinnati Bengals took a step backward.
Offensive line issues stalled the running game and made for a long Sunday afternoon for Joe Burrow, who set a career high in passer rating (128.8) and threw a pair of touchdown passes the previous week.
Monday, Sept. 20
Lions at Packers, 8:15 p.m. EDT. Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay, coming off a Week 1 blowout loss to New Orleans in Jacksonville, Florida, will try to win their ninth straight home opener when they host their NFC North rivals.
CHICAGO (AP) — Justin Fields got his first extended look as a pro. And it might be a long-term arrangement.
Fields played the second half after Andy Dalton exited with a knee injury against his former team, and the rookie quarterback used Chicago's stellar defensive performance to direct the Bears to a 20-17 victory over Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Coming off one of his best games as a pro and facing a defense that struggled in a season-opening loss, Joe Burrow looked as if he might be in for another big outing.
The Latest on Week 2 in the NFL (all times EDT):
Russell Wilson put off watching film for an extra hour to join Peyton and Eli Manning and provide commentary on the alternate “Monday Night Football” broadcast as the Ravens-Raiders thriller went to overtime.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals are feeling good about themselves after a stellar Week 1 performance, and rightfully so.
Quarterback Kyler Murray was awesome in the 38-13 win over Tennessee Titans.
MINNESOTA (0-1) at ARIZONA (1-0)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Cardinals by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — With quarterback Joe Burrow healed, the Cincinnati Bengals came into the season believing they were in position to improve on a dismal 2020.
CINCINNATI (1-0) at CHICAGO (0-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Bears by 4½, according to FanDuel SportsBook
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Andy Dalton remembers how strange it felt playing against the Bengals. That the game was in Cincinnati made it that much more emotional for the veteran quarterback.
“It was cool for me, though, because they received me well,” Dalton said Wednesday.
It’s the second week of the NFL season, and scoring is already at a breakneck pace. These players are my best bets to continue the trend at the running back and wide receiver positions in Week 2.
Sitting out the preseason did nothing to slow the start to the season for guys like Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott.
For guys like Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill and Matt Ryan, there appeared to be some rust.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings wore purple jerseys and white pants for their season opener. The yellow flags were an unplanned and unwelcomed accessory.
Nothing will spoil a game quite like recurring penalties, and the Vikings ultimately sealed their demise in Cincinnati with a bad rash of early infractions.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals needed some breaks to go their way in an overtime thriller against Minnesota.
The hard-luck Bengals got few of them last season. So they can't help but feel they've turned some kind of corner after outlasting the Vikings 27-24 on Sunday.
Monday, Sept. 13
Baltimore at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. EDT. Lamar Jackson will look to lead the Ravens to their sixth straight season-opening win. They'll have to do it with a backfield hit by season-ending injuries to J.K.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings overcame a choppy start to storm back and tie the game after regulation against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Then a huge mistake by their reliable star running back doomed their chances in overtime.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Burrow came to the line on fourth-and-inches on the Bengals 48 and planned to sneak the ball over for a first down late in overtime.
Seeing the middle stacked, Burrow checked to the second planned play, a pass to tight end C.J.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has been ruled out for the season opener at Cincinnati because of a nagging knee injury that kept him on the sideline for much of the preseason.
CINCINNATI (AP) — One of Joe Burrow's special skills is extending plays, scrambling to make something out of nothing after the blocking breaks down.
He took a beating through 11 games last season, but it made the rookie one of the NFL's most intriguing quarterbacks early in 2020.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A young giraffe named for a Louisiana football star has died at the Baton Rouge Zoo, zoo officials said Thursday.
In a news release the zoo says that the 20-month-old giraffe named Burreaux — after Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and former LSU star Joe Burrow — died early Wednesday.
MINNESOTA (7-9) at CINCINNATI (4-11-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Vikings by 3, according to FanDuel SportsBook
CLEVELAND (AP) — During a 2020 season strewn with unknowns and unprecedented obstacles, the Browns ended two lengthy droughts.
They're focused on quenching another — a first division title since 1989.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Plagued by injuries to key players — including franchise quarterback Joe Burrow — on top of all the pandemic-related disruption, last season was a special kind of mess for the Cincinnati Bengals.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (4-11-1)
New faces: WR Ja’Marr Chase, OL Riley Reiff, DL Trey Hendrickson, DT Larry Ogunjobi, CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Mike Hilton, OT Jackson Carman, DE Joseph Ossai.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have parted ways with yet another unrestricted free agent they signed earlier this offseason.
The Panthers released former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore on Wednesday and claimed guard Michael Jordan from the Cincinnati Bengals off waivers.
The New York Giants have acquired center Billy Price from the Cincinnati Bengals in a trade for defensive lineman B.J. Hill on Monday.
Giants coach Joe Judge confirmed that Hill had been traded and the Bengals announced they acquired Hill for Price, the 21st pick overall in the 2018 draft.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Trevor Lawrence completed 11 of 12 passes for 139 yards and two scores in three possessions against Dallas backups, and the Jaguars beat the Cowboys 34-14 in a preseason finale Sunday.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Nine months after tearing both the ACL and MCL in his left knee, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow took his first snaps Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, who rallied to win 29-26 in a wild preseason finale for both teams.
NEW YORK (AP) — Wait a second. He's playing where now?
With the NFL season about to kick off, it's time for a quick refresher on some familiar faces in new places. Otherwise, you might be scratching your head while drafting your fantasy football team or doing double takes when you flip on the games in Week 1.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and most of the other Miami Dolphins starters will sit out the team's exhibition finale Sunday at the Cincinnati Bengals.
Several starting offensive linemen will likely see action, coach Brian Flores said Thursday.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Rookie running back Jaret Patterson did a little bit of everything and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter in Washington’s 17-13 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie quarterback Justin Fields settled in and the Chicago Bears saw the playmaking ability they dreamed about on draft day.
Fields rallied Chicago back Saturday from a 13-0 deficit in his preseason debut by throwing for a touchdown and running for one in a 20-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A little over six months after becoming the first team to win a Super Bowl played on its homefield, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were excited about finally being back in Raymond James Stadium.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have signed Josh Bynes to provide veteran depth at linebacker with projected starter Denzel Perryman expected to miss some time battling an undisclosed injury.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon's imagination is soaring right along with his confidence.
The Cincinnati Bengals' top running back has rebounded from a foot injury that sidelined him for the final 10 games of the 2020 season.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Craig Ogletree, an Auburn linebacker who played on three straight Southeastern Conference championship teams in the 1980s, has died. He was 53.
He died Monday from complications related to COVID-19, his family said.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — There is little doubt John Ross hasn't lived up to expectations after being taken with the ninth pick overall in the 2017 NFL draft, at least statistically.
In four years with the Cincinnati Bengals, the injury-plagued, speedy wide receiver played in 27 games with 20 starts and had 51 catches and 10 touchdowns.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Burrow says his surgically repaired knee is “just about 100%,” but the Cincinnati Bengals really don't want anyone knocking their star quarterback around until absolutely necessary.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have signed defensive end Chris Smith.
The Ravens announced the move Tuesday, the day before the team's first practice of training camp.
Smith played eight games last season for the Las Vegas Raiders.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard has signed a four-year contract extension.
Hubbard, a Cincinnati native who played at Ohio State, was entering the fourth season of his rookie deal.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (4-11-1)
CAMP SITE: Cincinnati
LAST YEAR: Coach Zac Taylor's second season began with great optimism and fizzled to a close, just as his first season had in 2019. There were reasons for hope in 2020 with Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow taking over at quarterback.
From players getting COVID-19 vaccinations to relaxed coronavirus protocols to lineup issues, particularly at quarterback, the NFL faces a multitude of questions as training camps open.
At least in 2021 there is the knowledge — and lessons learned — from completing last season during a pandemic.