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2017 Schedule
2-3, 3rd in AFC North
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FPI: Bengals need help in playoff push

The bye week did no favors for Cincy, whose chances to win the AFC North dwindled to 5 percent in ESPN's FPI while the Steelers' grip on the division tightened significantly.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals will wear white jerseys and black pants at Pittsburgh this weekend. They're 25-28 in that combination since 2004.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals have promoted LB Hardy Nickerson off the practice squad to fill Tyler Eifert's spot.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals have given long snapper Clark Harris a one-year extension, signing him through the 2018 season. Harris, 33, has quietly been as solid as they come on special teams since the Bengals signed him in 2009.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals' WR John Ross has played only 5 offensive snaps, or 0.8 percent of all the team's snaps, which ranks 31 of 32 first-round picks this year. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has not taken a snap. Niners LB Reuben Foster and Chargers WR Mike Williams have also taken less than 2 percent of their teams' total snaps.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Jones is now working on the rehab field. Tyler Boyd is not participating today during the open period.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

John Ross is dressed and participating in practice for the first time in several weeks, but Adam Jones is watching from the sidelines.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals have placed Tyler Eifert on injured reserve, ending his season. Eifert will have another surgery on his back, which will have a recovery timetable of 4-6 months. Tyler Kroft will continue to be the No. 1 TE in his place.

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Bengals' Eifert opts for surgery, to miss season

Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will have a third surgical procedure on his back Thursday that will end his season. He was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL has flexed the Bengals Oct. 22 game against the Steelers into the 4:25 PM slot. It was previously set for 1 PM

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals are 5-8-1 after a bye under Marvin Lewis, who was 1-4-1 in his first six seasons after a bye. He's 4-4 since then. The Bengals have played the Steelers once after a bye under Lewis, a 2015 game they won.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals originally had one practice scheduled for their bye week, but it was cancelled. Marvin Lewis challenged them last week: win and they get Wednesday off. Lewis said: “That was floated out there Wednesday after practice last week. When I told them on Wednesday, when I reiterated the schedule for this week, I watched a couple guys jaws hit the table. They always just assume that, as it was, they take care of me and I'll take care of (them), so they took care of me ... They'll be off Wednesday.”

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FPI: Bengals slowly getting off the canvas

Cincy's playoff chances are up to 17 percent in ESPN's FPI. That's a departure from two weeks ago, when the Bengals' playoff odds dwindled at less than 3 percent.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis was a lot less forthcoming with information about Tyler Boyd. He said "he has a sore knee," and did not give a timetable.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis said Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick are "sore," but the bye should help. Doesn't think it's a long term issue but said Jones back issue was more than just back spasms.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis on AJ Green and his trust in him despite the turnovers against the Bills: "He's the best player in this building and he continues to show why."

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Vote: The best and worst from Week 5 (so far)

From Big Ben's awful day, to Carson Wentz's electricity, to serious injuries to two of the league's brightest stars, Week 5 has been full of twists and turns.

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A.J. Green is coming to life

After a slow start to the season, Bengals WR A.J. Green is returning to Pro Bowl form. In the Bengals' 20-16 win over the Bills on Sunday, Green had seven catches for 189 yards (his highest total since 2015).

Team Stats

Passing Yards227.018th
Rushing Yards84.0Tied-28th
Points For16.830th
Points Against16.62nd