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Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense16th111.4 (16th)241.4 (14th)
Defense30th140.7 (29th)258.4 (23rd)

Next Game

Sun, November 2, 1:00 PM EST
Paul Brown Stadium
on CBS Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars
at
Cincinnati Bengals

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
W 23 - 16at BAL
Recap
Sun Sep 14
W 24 - 10ATL
Recap
Sun Sep 21
W 33 - 7TEN
Recap
Sun Oct 5
L 43 - 17at NE
Recap
Sun Oct 12
37 - 37CAR
Recap
Sun Oct 19
L 27 - 0at IND
Recap
Sun Oct 26
W 27 - 24BAL
Recap
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 2
on CBS SportsJAC
Preview
8:25 pm EST
Thu Nov 6
NFLNCLE
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
at NO
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
at HOU
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at TB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
PIT
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
at CLE
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 22
DEN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
at PIT

Standings

AFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Cincinnati4-2-12-0-0
Baltimore5-3-02-2-0
Pittsburgh5-3-01-2-0
Cleveland4-3-01-2-0
Fantasy Analysis | 1414625539
Is starting Andy Dalton a good idea?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank the Bengals' Andy Dalton among their top 12 quarterbacks for Week 9, presumably because he's facing the Jaguars. But how did that work out for Ryan Tannehill in Week 8, Brian Hoyer in Week 7 or, yep, even Ben Roethlisberger in Week 5?

I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of the whole "start Player X against the Jaguars because they're bad" argument. Because they're not. At least not anymore -- not on defense, anyway. The Jaguars have allowed an average of 16.5 points in their last four games, and if not for the Dolphins' two defensive touchdowns in Week 8, it'd be 13.0

True, star wide receiver A.J. Green is looking likely to return from a three-game absence for a toe injury, which would certainly improve Dalton's chances. But again, quality quarterbacks -- namely, Tannehill and Roethlisberger -- have had their full arsenals when they faced the Jaguars, and they still underwhelmed against them. I'm not sure this is Dalton's week.

Now, with so many high-profile quarterbacks (such as Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler) on bye this week, you may want it to be Dalton's week, but I'd give Carson Palmer, Nick Foles, Cam Newton or Tannehill a shot before I turned to him.

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A good week for backup running backs
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Setting your lineup has been pretty easy to this point, right? I mean, it may not seem like it, but with no more than two teams on bye in any of the last four weeks, you haven't had to scramble to fill a roster spot like you might have in years past.

Which means Week 9 could be quite a shock to you ... and everyone else playing Fantasy Football. A full six teams are on bye, which probably impacts most every roster in some way.

If you didn't prepare for it, you'll have to resort to the waiver wire, which is slim pickings this late in the week, especially at running back. This may be one of those weeks where you have to turn to a backup -- in a real-life sense, that is -- to give your team a chance.

Looking over their Week 9 rankings, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard like several backups enough to start them this week, if only in a desperate situation. The Bengals' Jeremy Hill, the 49ers' Carlos Hyde, the Broncos' Juwan Thompson and the Seahawks' Christine Michael could find their teams up big in the second half, allowing them to deliver starter numbers in garbage time.

Of course, if you have a shot at a fill-in starter like Andre Williams or Bobby Rainey instead, that's probably the preferred way to go, but not everyone is so lucky.

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A.J. Green 'optimistic' after limited workout
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Bengals wideout A.J. Green practiced on a limited basis Wednesday as he tries to come back from a big toe injury. He ran some routes, did individual drills and reported no soreness afterward, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, which described Green as "optimistic" about his chances of playing Week 9.

"Going to go day by day and do a little bit more tomorrow and see how it goes," Green said after practice.

Cincy hosts the Jaguars on Sunday.

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Giovani Bernard dealing with hip and shoulder injuries
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, who did not practice Wednesday, is dealing with hip and shoulder injuries, reports the team's website. Bernard left the Week 8 win over the Ravens with the hip injury, but the shoulder injury was not revealed until now.

His status for Week 9 against Jacksonville remains unclear. Bernard has not missed a game this season.

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A.J. Green says no snap count if he plays Week 9
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Bengals wideout A.J. Green, who returned to practice Wednesday, said he'll play Sunday against the Jaguars if he's healthy, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. He dismissed the notion of returning in a limited role.

"If I'm playing, I'm playing all snaps," he told the paper.

Green aggravated his right big toe injury three weeks ago and had been sidelined since. He made his comments before practice.

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