Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th110.6 (13th)246.4 (15th)
Defense17th113.2 (21st)237.5 (11th)

Schedule

Sun Sep 11
W 23 - 22at NYJ
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Sun Sep 18
L 24 - 16at PIT
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Sun Sep 25
L 29 - 17DEN
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Thu Sep 29
W 22 - 7MIA
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Sun Oct 9
L 28 - 14at DAL
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Sun Oct 16
L 35 - 17at NE
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Sun Oct 23
W 31 - 17CLE
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Sun Oct 30
27 - 27WAS
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Mon Nov 14
L 21 - 20at NYG
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Sun Nov 20
L 16 - 12BUF
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Sun Nov 27
L 19 - 14at BAL
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Sun Dec 4
W 32 - 14PHI
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Sun Dec 11
W 23 - 10at CLE
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Sun Dec 18
L 24 - 20PIT
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Sat Dec 24
L 12 - 10at HOU
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Sun Jan 1
W 27 - 10BAL
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Standings

AFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Pittsburgh11-5-05-1-0
Baltimore8-8-04-2-0
Cincinnati6-9-13-3-0
Cleveland1-15-00-6-0
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Bengals' Giovani Bernard: Making impressive progress
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Bernard (knee) is making great progress in his rehabilitation from last season's torn ACL and anticipated to return some time during training camp, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Bernard went down in a November game against the Bills, ending his season after 10 games played. Since then, he's drawn consistently positive updates regarding his recovery, which has raised optimism that he'll reenter the fold before the 2017 regular season kicks off. While that would likely allow him to avoid Cincinnati's PUP list, which would rule him out for the first six weeks of the campaign, Bernard reportedly might still need a game or two before he's fully ready to play. Overall, the possibility of missing games still exists, but Bernard is at least doing the best he can to ensure any absence is minimized.

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Bengals' Bene Benwikere: Will join Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Benwikere will sign a one-year deal with the Bengals, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Benwikere started the 2016 season as the Panthers' top cornerback but quickly fell down the ranks and was eventually released by the team following a 300-yard performance from Julio Jones. He then had a brief stints with the Dolphins and Packers to end the season. Only 25, the cornerback could play his way into a starting position with the Bengals, who are currently facing a lot of uncertainty in the secondary. Dre Kirkpatrick is a pending free agent, and Adam Jones' best days may be behind him. William Jackson III, the Bengals' 2016 first-round pick, spent the entire season on injured reserve, leaving his status in question as well. Benwikere adds depth at cornerback but will have to show signs of his former self in order to make it on the 53-man roster.

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Bengals' George Iloka: Undergoes minor shoulder procedure
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Iloka underwent a minor procedure on his shoulder Thursday but is expected to be ready for the Bengals' offseason workout program, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Iloka's shoulder scope was reportedly an outpatient procedure, so there is little concern from the Bengals that he'll miss much time. The rangy safety had a strong season by IDP standards in the defensive backfield as he racked up 74 tackles and picked off three passes.

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Bengals' William Jackson III: Fully expected to return for spring workouts
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Jackson (pectoral) is expected to be full-go for spring workouts, Cincinnati.com reports.

Jackson lost his rookie season to a pectoral tear suffered in practice last August but appears to have recovered nicely. In fact, the Bengals had plans to activate the cornerback from injured reserve before RB Giovani Bernard (knee - ACL) went down in November, prompting the team to change course and use its sole 'Designated for Return' tag on RB Cedric Peerman instead. Since Jackson had come this close to playing, it appears he could already be fully healthy. Thus, it comes as little surprise that he's expected back for spring workouts in April. With No. 1 CB Dre Kirkpatrick an unrestricted free agent and starting complement Adam Jones potentially facing legal discipline, those workouts could be the starting point for Jackson's quest to claim a first-string role in 2017.

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Bengals' Andrew Billings: Progressing in recovery from knee injury
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Billings (knee) considered himself almost completely recovered from his preseason injury in December, Cincinnati.com reports. "I couldn't play football," Billings admitted. "But I could run, and cut, squat and do the regular things I needed to do."

Billings tore the meniscus in one of his knees during a joint scrimmage with the Vikings last summer and subsequently spent the entirety of the 2016 season on injured reserve. It appears his recovery has gone about as well as it could have, considering he was still able to work out his upper body during rehab and could perform most basic leg movements by December. While Billings noted he wasn't in football shape at that point, he still has over two months until team workouts commence. When that time comes, assuming he recovered in full, Billings should make a push to claim a first-string defensive tackle role with incumbent starter Domata Peko now an unrestricted free agent.

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