Posted September 12, 2013 on AP on Fox
Andy Dalton fit a sideline throw between two defenders, dropping it just over the one in front for a completion. He made a pump-fake and hit A.J. Green for a 45-yard touchdown. Virtually everything he did was right on the mark in the Cincinnati Bengals' season opener, an impressive showing that got overlooked in how it ended. The third-year quarterback completed a career-best 78.7 percent of his passes during a 24-21 loss at Chicago on Sunday, one that came down to turnovers and defensive gaffes. Dalton was 26 of 33 for 282 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, one of which went off Green's hands. It was as flawless a game as Dalton has played in the NFL. ''He threw the ball well,'' offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. ''He had a great game. This was one of his better games here. There's still room for improvement.'' If Dalton plays near the level he did in the opener, the Bengals (0-1) will have a good chance of reaching...

Pittsburgh committed to running the ball despite injuries among offense

According to Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers will remain committed to running the ball despite the absence of rookie RB Le'Veon Bell and TE Heath Miller. Coupled with the loss of center Maurkice Pouncey for the year has further depleted the ability to be a strong running team.

Dalton faces bigger challenge from Pittsburgh

The reviews came streaming in. Andy Dalton played great. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden called it one of the best games the young QB played for Cincinnati. Marvin Lewis doled out compliments. Even the numbers indicated Dalton played like a quarterback taking the next step in the opener. Dalton set a career high in completion percentage (78 percent) against a Bears team that finished...

Bengals defensive line looking to take advantage of Steelers injuries, offensive woes

Pittsburgh Steelers center Kelvin Beachum had it rough last Sunday facing Jurell Casey and the Titans defensive line, however, it gets much more tougher this week. With the loss of Maurkice Pouncey for the year, Beachum will get the start at center for Monday night’s game between the Bengals and Steelers in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals: 2013 Week 2 Power Rankings (#17)

Andy Dalton was 1-11 against future playoff teams in his career, completing 250 of 445 (56.2%) for 2934 yards (6.6 YPA), 12 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. The Bengals lost week 1 in Chicago to the Bears, a team that could be a playoff team. Andy Dalton played better in a near win, completing 26 of 33 for 282 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he also threw 2 back-breaking interceptions...

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals: 2013 Week 2 NFL Pick

Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) I feel like I say this every week, but Andy Dalton is 1-11 in his career against future playoff teams in his first two years in the league, completing 250 of 445 (56.2%) for 2934 yards (6.6 YPA), 12 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions, including two post-season losses. In his other 22 games, he’s 420 of 679 (61.9%) for 4518 yards...

Bengals Injury Report: Starting T Andrew Whitworth And LB Vontaze Burfict Limited Thursday

The Cincinnati Bengals have now released their first injury report for the week as they prepare to host the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night and a veteran offensive lineman appears to be close to returning for them. Starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) was limited Thursday and is getting closer to returning to action. Whitworth, who reportedly had setback a few weeks ago...

Bengals LB Burfict fined $31,000

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $31,000 by the NFL on Friday for two unnecessary roughness violations. Burfict had hit defenseless Packers receiver James Jones in the head and neck area, which cost him $21,000, and then struck Green Bay tight end Ryan Taylor, costing him $10,000. Bengals teammate George Iloka was fined $15,000 for unnecessary roughness when...

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals: Three Bold Predictions

The Steelers looked old, the Bengals looked ready to challenge the rest of the NFL.While both teams lost their opening games of the season, the teams that stepped out on the field were completely different.The fact this is a Monday night game adds to the possible defensive battle and the idea that for the first time in his career, James Harrison will be opposing the Steelers instead...

Steelers Versus Bengals Key Matchup: Ike Taylor Versus A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is certainly one of the tops in the league currently and it will be up to Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor to make sure that he does not have a performance anywhere close to one he had in the Week 16 game last year. Taylor of course missed that game with a fractured ankle and Green proceeded to catch 10 passes for 116 yards as...

Steelers Primer – Week 2 – at Cincinnati Bengals

Week two is upon us and after the performance we saw on Sunday, one has to be worried about this game, which will be in prime time, on Monday night. About the only good that came out of Sunday was that the rest of the division lost their games, so the Steelers are still tied for the division lead. Aside from that, a lot of the concerns I wrote about last week were proved to be genuine...

Steelers bracing for onslaught from LB Harrison

The Pittsburgh Steelers spent a decade watching linebacker James Harrison wreak his own unique brand of havoc on an opponent's backfield. Now the Steelers will get a chance to see how the other half lives. Harrison signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in the offseason and will face his former team on Monday night. The five-time Pro Bowler says it is just another game on the schedule...

Steelers-Bengals Preview

The Cincinnati Bengals felt like they let one get away in their season opener, blowing a double-digit lead in the second half of a performance full of turnovers and penalties. They'll still head into Week 2 feeling much better than the Pittsburgh Steelers. After losing three players for the season in their opener and looking inept offensively, the Steelers could have a difficult...

Harrison Throws Down Gauntlet

Former Steelers pass-rushing superstar James Harrison challenged Ben Roethlisberger, but this time subtly.

2013 fantasy football start em’ sit em’ week 2

So here we are ready for NFL Week 2 and I am sure some of you are already in a panic over some of the performances of high draft picks. Well, all I can say is it's a long season and 1 week can't be written as bible.
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