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5-4, 2nd in AFC North
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2dKatherine Terrell

Bengals' Kroft lands on IR with broken foot

The Bengals now have placed four tight ends on injured reserve, with Tyler Kroft being the latest due to a broken foot suffered Oct. 7 against the Dolphins.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals kept Tyler Kroft on the active roster for weeks in hopes he could come back from his foot injury, but it was obvious it just didn't respond the way they hoped when they placed him on IR on Friday. They promoted LB Brandon Bell from the practice squad in his place. Kroft broke a bone in his foot against the Dolphins and played through it. He's been in a walking boot and using a scooter, and he talked to the media on Oct. 24, and he said he'd seen a ton of doctors and specialists. "It's evolving every week," he said at the time. "We're doing everything we can to come back this year and not prolong it." Kroft essentially said everything had to go right to get him back on the field this year, and it's apparent that just wasn't happening in the time they wanted.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis has been pretty relaxed all week considering the weight of this game, and was cracking jokes in his interview session with reporters on Friday morning. Lewis estimated he'd probably gotten 20 hours of sleep the entire week, but seemed genuinely excited to be calling plays again. He said: "I'm very excited. I can't tell you how excited I am. I'm excited to do this. It was obviously a big step. I just felt like it's what I needed to do in order to give our players the best opportunity o play fast and play good. It's a huge step and not something you ever want to have to do. Certainly to do this like this and where we are in the season because there are some things that were set up certain ways. We're having to do things through my eyes which is different than the way some people see things."

Bruschi, Woodson disagree on Bengals-Ravens (1:08)
3d

Barnwell Show: Lindsay Jones & Katherine Terrell talk AFC

Bill welcomes Lindsay Jones of The Athletic to talk AFC West, including how the Chiefs look in their preparations for a big MNF matchup with the Rams (0:55) as well as if Vance Joseph (19:35) and Derek Carr (30:42) are in trouble in Denver and Oakland respectively. Plus, Katherine Terrell joins to talk AFC North, including Hue Jackson's return to Cincy (38:04) and what Le'Veon Bell's next move may be (1:04:01).

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

It's a good sign to see Dre Kirkpatrick practice in a limited capacity as he progresses through concussion protocol, however, it does appear the linebackers will continue to be shorthanded. Not only is Nick Vigil still out, but Preston Brown didn't practice against and Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey were both limited during Thursday's practice. Who does that leave? Jordan Evans, Hardy Nickerson and practice squad players Chris Worley and Brandon Bell.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

It's definitely troubling for the Bengals to see Joe Mixon pop up on the injury report with a knee injury. Mixon wasn't there during the open portion of practice and was officially listed as limited. The Bengals need all hands on deck with A.J. Green, Tyler Kroft and Josh Malone all out on offense. The Ravens are better against the pass than they are against the run, so it would be a loss not to have Mixon, who was actually running well against the Saints in the loss last week.

Thomas not surprised Jackson landed with Bengals (0:44)

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals make it official that Teryl Austin is no longer defensive coordinator. Marvin Lewis said in a statement: “I appreciate the hard work that Coach Austin has put into our football team, but I felt it best to make a change at this point in time, and I wish him the best. I will be coordinating the defense from here on out and I am excited to do that. This football team has a real chance to get back to playing winning football so we can compete for the playoffs, and that is our sole focus.”

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6dMike Triplett

Payton admits smashing locker room fire alarm

Sean Payton confirmed he smashed a fire alarm inside the New Orleans Saints' locker room before Sunday's victory at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium, saying, "I just needed the noise to stop."

Stephen A. loses it talking about Lewis, Bengals (1:48)

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals safety Shawn Williams was asked last night if he still had confidence in the defensive play calling. He said: "Yes, I have confidence in what's being called, but...during the week, we've got to take ownership of the business. This is a business. When you go home after 5:00 or whatever time, it's still got to be football. It just can't be it after you leave the building. There's enough grey(?) and better teams coming that we've got to play and you've got to make sure that you're not putting yourself in a worse position than you're already in. So, you've got to fix all the grey and make sure we know exactly what to do and know how they're gonna attack us."

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Brees passes Favre with 3 TDs, Saints crush Bengals 51-14

Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes in the first half, moving ahead of Brett Favre for second place on the career list, and the New Orleans Saints rolled to their eighth straight victory Sunday, 51-14 over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The New Orleans Saints (-6) are now up 48-7 against the Bengals. Over 53.5 backers cash their tickets.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

In the last three games, the Bengals have given up 481, 551 and 576 yards. The Saints have 456 yards in the fourth quarter. The Bengals' defense is gunning for bad records. They are on pace to break the record for most yards allowed in a season.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

This is an embarrassing performance by the Bengals, who trail the Saints 35-7 in the first half. The Saints scored on every possession and picked off Andy Dalton. This defense was already on pace to allow the most yards ever in a season, and the Saints already have 311 yards of offense. This looks like a copy of the blowout loss to the Chiefs.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals have no surprise inactives, as they're all injured players. John Ross, Alex Erickson, Vincent Rey, Jordan Evans and Trey Hopkins are listed as starters with A.J. Green, Darqueze Dennard, Vontaze Burfict, Nick Vigil, Alex Redmond, Josh Malone and Tyler Kroft out. Giovani Bernard is active,

Team Stats

Passing Yards242.9
Rushing Yards94.7
Points For26.1
Points Against32.0