THOUGHTS from the BUCSTOP: Tampa Bay Turns many things 180 degrees D Stands for Domination. 216 total yards for Tampa Bay in the first half, against a playoff defense, while Cincinnati gained only 49 yards against a 2-14 defense. M is for Mismatch; but its also for McCoy, as in Gerald, who collapsed pockets yesterday allowing George Johnson and Larry English to get to the Quarterback...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Recapping the Bucs watch list against the Bengals

The Buccaneers first-team offense and defense held their own and did not disappoint for the home crowd Monday night. But much like last week, once the depth came in, it was a different ball game.  Here is a recap from TBC’s “What to watch for” from their matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Prince AliRookie guard Ali Marpet has gotten some extended looks in practice with...
Via The Bay Cave
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jameis Winston Up Limping After Getting Sacked By Geno Atkins And Wallace Gilbert

If there is one thing that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do not need it is for their brand new franchise quarterback to be injured in a meaningless preseason game. Early in the second quarter of Monday night's preseason game with the Bengals it looked like he might be. He appears to stumble during his drop back which was all the time Geno Atkins and Wallace Gilbert needed to be on top...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs-Bengals Preseason: What to watch for

The Buccaneers home preseason opener is Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. Much like last week’s game against the Vikings, the Bucs have several positions that are key to evaluate.  Here are some things to keep an eye on as Tampa Bay plays in front of a national audience on ESPN. Prince AliRookie guard Ali Marpet has gotten some extended looks in practice with the team’s...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bengals 23 Giants 10

At least this game is over.  I was forced to watch it on DVR via NFL Network because the NFL Pass did not work.  The only thing that showed more malfunction than the NFL site was the NY Giants.  For those of you who missed the game, consider yourselves lucky.  It was 3 hours of pure pain.  The score did not do it justice.  It may as well have been 40-10. Guys like Geno Atkins...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Three things to watch out for during the Cincinnati Bengals preseason

Preseason, most football fans have a love-hate relationship with it, but it signifies the fact that our beloved sport is back! It’s a time to ease players back from last year’s injuries, test new schemes, or evaluate rookies and free agent additions. It is normally pretty slow for the casual football fan, but for the likes of the football freaks like myself, I like nothing more...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Geno Atkins praised as ‘best player on the field’ for Cincinnati Bengals

Geno Atkins is back, baby. Before injuring his knee in 2013, Atkins was emerging as a top defensive tackle in the NFL. After a frustrating 2014 campaign, it appears the Cincinnati Bengals star defender is up to his old tricks again. Geoff Hobson, editor of, had this to say about the dynamic defensive tackle after Sunday’s practice: “At the moment, this guy is the...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Bengals hope upgraded defensive line produces some sacks

CINCINNATI (AP) Michael Johnson's bald head glistens. It's a new look for the Cincinnati defensive end, who wore dreadlocks a couple of years ago. New feels good to Johnson, and not just when it comes to his hair style. Johnson had 26 1/2 sacks in four seasons with the Bengals, including 11.5 in 2012, before leaving for Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent last year. One injury...
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August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals Positional Breakdown: Defensive Line

If there is one thing the Cincinnati Bengals are hoping to improve on in 2015, it would have to be the pass rush. One year ago, the Bengals’ defense managed just 20 sacks, the lowest in the NFL and franchise history. In fact, the Bengals’ defense racked up just as many interceptions (20) as they did sacks. With pass rush on their mind, the Bengals added to their defensive line...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the Cincinnati Bengals defensive positions

Known for their defensive prowess, the Cincinnati Bengals slumped in performance last year as they struggled to sack the quarterback and stop the run. With the potential for major improvement, here is a look at the strengths and weakness of this years defense. Geno Atkins (97) and Domata Peko (94) 5. Defensive Tackle- A usual fearsome defender, Geno Atkins struggled throughout...
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Four players who must step up for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015

The Cincinnati Bengals have quality starters at almost every position on the roster. Not many teams in the NFL have the talent and depth that the Bengals possess. Last season was a perfect example of this as a handful of the teams starters went down with significant injuries. Players who wouldn’t normally start were able to showcase their talent and play a role in claiming a playoff...
July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

3 Cincinnati Bengals dark horse candidates to make the Pro Bowl in 2015

The Cincinnati Bengals have a whole roster filled with players that have been to multiple Pro Bowls. Some of the more obvious names include, Andy Dalton (two), A.J. Green (four), Andrew Whitworth (one) and Geno Atkins (three). However, there are some names on their roster that could put up good enough numbers to steal the show this year. Among the three names on this list, they have...
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July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Bengals looking to resurrect 'Fisher-Price' pass rush

After a league-worst 20 sacks in 2014, the Bengals are looking to go back to their roots.Five years after the original formation of Mike Zimmer's 'Fisher-Price' package, the trio of Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, and Michael Johnson are amped for a reunion.The threesome combined for 63 sacks from 2010 to 2012, 52 percent of the team's output. With Johnson back after a disappointing...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Bold Predictions for the Bengals Defense

The Cincinnati Bengals come into the 2015 Season with a chip on their shoulder that just keeps growing and growing. Sure fans will admit that the Bengals are a good football team. Sure they will compete at a high level in the AFC North. Sure they can make the playoffs. But, they don’t have what it takes to make a run. They don’t have much to say back after that besides….watch...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Bengals' Atkins looking more like his old self

At the end of last season, Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther called out Geno Atkins for being just another guy on the defensive line. A few months later, Atkins looks more like the player who was one of the best defensive tackles in the league before he tore his ACL in 2013. "He's real explosive. He looks strong. He looks as good as he’s ever had," Guenther told the...
Via Fox Sports
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Geno Atkins is looking the best he ever has and returning to his All-Pro form

The Cincinnati Bengals struck gold when they drafted former Georgia defensive tackle Geno Atkins in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. His best season so far, came in 2012 when Atkins racked up 12.5 sacks, 54 total tackles and four forced fumbles. That same year, he was named first-team All-Pro and made the Pro Bowl. Atkins has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times, last...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the Cincinnati Bengals do enough to fix their defense?

The Cincinnati Bengals defense has been ranked in the top 10 of the NFL for 3 of the last 4 seasons. Last year was the year the Bengals took a stumble from their pedestal and came in sporting a defense that was ranked 22nd in the league. While the team’s main setback was due to injuries, the Bengals addressed their issues through free agency and the draft. With the return of key...
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bengals, Cardinals, Rams, & Ravens

Bengals Coley Harvey writes that Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict‘s status remains a mystery simply because trainers are being patient with his recovery from microfracture surgery. According to Harvey, DT Geno Atkins looked “all right” during last week’s OTA practice. Cardinals Josh Weinfuss of ESPN writes that former first-round pick OL Jonathan Cooper needs to overcome ... The...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Post-Draft Power Rankings: How Good is the Bengals Defense?

View image | The NFL Draft is now in the past.  Teams are finished assembling their 90-man rosters. Also, teams are beginning to get to work and are getting primed for serious offseason programs. As the draft has now concluded and NFL teams are now moving to a period of actual season preparation, we at TopSportsReport thought it’d be a good time to evaluate...
Via TopSportsReport
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicting Bengals in NFL's Top 100 of 2015

Earlier this month, the NFL came out with their Top 100 players of 2015. With 100-81 already released, the Cincinnati Bengals have no players so far; and there is a question of whom from the team will fall on the list and where.Last season on the Top 100 list of 2014, three Bengals fell on the list. WR A.J Green #8 DT Geno Atkins #48 MLB Vontaze Burfict #52 However, all three of...
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

What is the Bengals Biggest Draft Need?

Today is the NFL Draft.  We at TopSportsReport wanted to give our readers one more informative read on the draft before it gets underway and you, the fan, can begin to enjoy.  This post is one where we brought together the opinions of many of our team-based writers and had them each discuss the top need for their team. In order for Andy Dalton, Geno Atkins and the Bengals to reach...
Via TopSportsReport
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Cincinnati Bengals Have the Best Defense in the AFC North?

In the midst of a hectic free agency period, the crew at TopSportsReport decided that it was time to take a deep look at the roster shifts occurring and determine which teams are getting better and which teams are getting worse.  To present these opinions, I have decided to write a defensive power rankings article.  In this article, I go team by team and discuss each teams’...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Benglas sign LB A.J. Hawk

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports The Cincinnati Bengals have signed former Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, according to Mike McCartney. Excited for @OfficialAJHawk agreeing to terms with his hometown team, the @Bengals on a 2 year deal — Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) March 10, 2015   Hawk, 31, was selected by the Packers in the first round (No. 5 overall...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mock Draft 2015 – Cincinnati Bengals Select DT Malcom Brown

Malcom Brown, defensive tackle from Texas, is currently one of the top interior lineman prospects in this years' NFL draft. A 2014 finalist for both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Outland Trophy, which recognize the country's top defensive player and defensive interior lineman, Brown earned 2014 All-American honors from Walter Camp, AP, FWAA, Sporting News, CBS Sports, USA Today...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Bengals DT Atkins added to Pro Bowl, replacing injured Suh

CINCINNATI -- Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins has been added to the Pro Bowl, replacing the injured Ndamukong Suh from Detroit. It's Atkins' third Pro Bowl selection. It gives the Bengals three players in the game, along with receiver A.J. Green and punter Kevin Huber. Atkins was picked despite coming off a subpar season, his first back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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