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    Cole Thompson

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    Win or lose, the Chargers should stick with Justin Herbert

    Justin Herbert isn't your average rookie. He's a young gun that was told mere minutes before a Week 2 matchup that he'd be named the Chargers' starter. Since then, the sixth...

    Joe Mixon’s hat trick of touchdowns lead to Bengals first victory

    There were plenty who criticized the Cincinnati Bengals' decision to give running back Joe Mixon a $48 million extension. Before Sunday, the 24-year-old stumbled out the gate, accounting for 164 yards...

    It’s the Nick Foles show in Chicago, but how long will it last?

    Matt Nagy isn't just testing the waters with Nick Foles. This no longer is a week-long carousel spinning at Soldier Field. Barring injury, Foles is now locked in the driver's seat...

    How do the Bengals fix their offensive line in 2020 and beyond? 

    How many licks does it take to get to the center of a rookie quarterback? Ask the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line. They'll have the answer in a few weeks. The 2020 NFL...

    Buffalo’s Josh Allen is good, get used to it

    Whether you like him or not, Josh Allen is good at playing quarterback. When on point, he's a very good one. The Buffalo Bills are sitting at 3-0, and despite the...

    Could Tee Higgins become the new WR1 for the Bengals?

    In 2011, the Cincinnati Bengals decided to rebuild their offense. After drafting A.J. Green fourth overall and Andy Dalton in the second round, the two combined forces as the cornerstones of...

    Which NFL head coaches are on the hot seat in 2020?

    Overreactions are usually going to play a massive role early on in a football season. Injuries, limited weapons, and tough matchups all factor into any team starting 0-2. However, some fan...

    Joe Burrow can succeed if the Bengals offensive line doesn’t ruin him first

    If you were to watch snaps from Joe Burrow's second career NFL game with no knowledge of who he was, you would be unlikely to guess he was just a rookie....

    NFL Week 1 Reactions: Can we expect more of the same in Week 2?

    Week 1 of the NFL season is bound to have some overreactions from fans. Moving into Week 2, this will be the chance for those doubters already prepping for the 2021...

    It’s Joe Burrow vs. Baker Mayfield in the Battle of Ohio

    Joe Burrow impressed with both his arm and legs to begin his NFL career. However, coming up short won't cut it for the man who hopes to be the face of...

    Is Gardner Minshew the franchise quarterback for the Jaguars?

    Aren't sequels always supposed to be worse than the original? If that's the case, someone better tell Gardner Minshew to cool it after Week 1. The social media king that took...

    Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Chargers: Key Takeaways from Week 1

    On a designed quarterback run, Joe Burrow took matters into his own hands. Breaking upfield and grabbing a block from Trey Hopkins, the rookie from LSU blew past defenders before crossing...

    Predicting the NFL stat leaders for the 2020 season

    The NFL season is officially back, returning in a year that feels a bit more special. Anything is possible as the league kicked off in stellar style with two MVP favorites...

    Bengals vs. Chargers Week 1 Storylines: Watch out for Austin Ekeler

    It's a new era for Cincinnati Bengals fans as the 2020 season begins. Joe Burrow brings a fresh face and national title pedigree under center as the hopeful franchise quarterback for...

    It’s time to give Dak Prescott a long-term contract with the Cowboys

    The NFL continues to hand out lucrative contracts to its young star quarterbacks, and rightfully so. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs caught headlines by signing a 10-year deal worth...

    Cincinnati Bengals: Predicting the 2020 roster standouts

    In what feels like a long hibernation, we finally have arrived at the end of the road. The NFL season, one that was in jeopardy for most of the 2020 offseason,...

    Is paying Joe Mixon and Alvin Kamara all that bad?

    The more people talk about football, the more running backs are put down. What have they done to deserve the malice and backlash of playing a position that is essential to...

    Is Earl Thomas to the Cowboys a realistic landing spot?

    Everyone knows the story of Earl Thomas and the Baltimore Ravens. Once the hit heard around the world on Chuck Clark went viral, the 14-2 top defense cut ties with one...

    2020 53-Man roster projection for the Cincinnati Bengals

    The NFL football season is just around the corner, and with that are incoming roster cuts. The Cincinnati Bengals might be one of the more infuriating teams to watch in 2020,...

    Why won’t NFL teams sign former Ravens star Earl Thomas?

    What's maybe even stranger than Earl Thomas' release by the Baltimore Ravens is how long he's been available. Herein lies a 31-year-old, Canton-bound safety. He's fully healthy and still hoping to...

    Will Bengals Jessie Bates III’s breakout in 2020?

    The Cincinnati Bengals spent $117 million this offseason to fix their defense -- $64 million coming in the secondary. The backline of the defense allowed an abysmal 244 yards per outing, plus 25...

    How good can the Texans offensive line be in 2020?

    For Bill O'Brien to look competent in trading away DeAndre Hopkins, he'll need the Houston Texans offense to thrive. Houston should expect an MVP-like Deshaun Watson, and a plethora of highlight...

    Latest news on Jadeveon Clowney landing with an AFC team

    Two weeks into NFL training camp and Jadeveon Clowney is still without a home. The former first overall pick has found his niche as a run stopper, yet still refuses to...

    What are the real expectations for Jonah Williams in 2020?

    Joe Burrow will grab all the headlines coming out of Bengals training camp and rightfully so. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner and first overall pick is set not just to become...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense to decide team’s fate in 2020

    Whoever won the Tom Brady sweepstakes was destined to be considered a contender. The six-time Super Bowl champion joined the likes of Bruce Arians and a dynamic duo at wide receiver...

    Can John Ross be the Bengals X-Factor on offense in 2020?

    Who else remembers John Ross' start for the Bengals in 2019? Week 1 against the Seahawks, the former top-10 pick was a flat out x-factor as the vertical threat on the...

    Which NFL players will step up for injured veterans in 2020?

    Injuries are bound to happen in the NFL. A team cannot stumble or fall just because a few players do, or their season will be lost. However, great teams have that...

    Bengals Mailbag: Should Joe Mixon get a new contract in 2020?

    Although the Cincinnati Bengals have the potential to impress, their roster is filled with holes. Joe Burrow won't be granted any favors playing behind an offensive line that is less than...

    George Kittle and Travis Kelce’s contracts will change NFL position deals

    Mere hours after San Francisco 49ers George Kittle signed a record-setting deal for tight ends on a five-year, $75 million extension, the Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce entered the chat with...

    Carlos Dunlap represents Bengals in PFN’s edge rusher rankings

    The three most important positions in the NFL are quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Despite linebackers and safeties still playing a role, a team's defense will feel incomplete without a...

    Are the New Orleans Saints the NFL’s most complete roster?

    Every team has the chance to be the best, but to do so, it's about looking complete. The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers should be favorites entering 2020 fresh...

    Cincinnati Bengals Early Three-Round 2021 Mock Draft Review

    No matter what the time of year, mock drafts make for an interesting read. Although a year away, Pro Football Network's Matt Valdovinos recently posted his three-round mock draft for the...

    Bengals 2020 Training Camp Preview: Cornerbacks

    Let's give credit to the frugal Cincinnati Bengals for opening their wallets. In a depleted secondary that allowed an average of 244.2 passing yards per game last season, Mike Brown elected...

    Top underrated NFL players fans will remember after 2020

    Every year, there are several players who have the potential to become the face of their franchise. Minkah Fitzpatrick showed his All-Pro ceiling after a trade to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kolton...

    Bengals 2020 Training Camp Preview: Linebackers

    There are two generals on every NFL roster, the quarterback and the linebacker. The Cincinnati Bengals owner and general manager, Mike Brown, drafted both early on in the 2020 NFL Draft...

    Are the Las Vegas Raiders pretenders or contenders in 2020?

    In the NFL, there's always one surprise roster that comes out of nowhere to play at a level nobody expected. And while there's plenty of teams that could fall under that...

    Breaking down PFN’s Joe Mixon running back ranking for 2020

    There are several age-old questions that will never have answers.  "What came first; the chicken or the egg?"  "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"  "Do running backs...

    NFL trades that should happen before 2020 training camps

    NFL's 2020 training camps are just around the corner, and with that, the offseason has finally come to an end. But, while some teams are prepping for a postseason run, others...

    Bengals 2020 Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers

    A quarterback is only as good as the weapons surrounding him. The Cincinnati Bengals have a variety of wide receivers that pose many question marks entering the 2020 season. First-round rookie...

    Bengals Mailbag: Is 2020 John Ross’ final season in Cincinnati?

    There is excitement for the first time in a long time heading into Paul Brown Stadium. The Cincinnati Bengals are looking refreshed for the first time in over a decade, with...

    Madden 21 Player Ratings: Who were too high, too low, and just right?

    With Madden 21 set to hit the market on August 25, the game recently released its player ratings entering the 2020 season. The Madden video games are all about the person...

    Are the Indianapolis Colts the AFC underdog contenders of 2020?

    Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich knows a thing or two about winning. In his second year with the Philadelphia Eagles, the former offensive coordinator helped both Carson Wentz and Nick...

    Who else in the NFL could earn a 12-year quarterback contract?

    Kansas City Chief superstar Patrick Mahomes will be the talk of the town for a while. Signing a lucrative 10-year extension worth up to $503 million, the 2018 MVP will dazzle...

    Top NFL divisional rivalry games that are must-see in 2020

    There is something about a rivalry that brings fire to fans. Rivalries have been a part of sports for as long as anyone can remember. The Red Sox and the Yankees....

    Which 2017 NFL first-rounders should get paid next?

    Patrick Mahomes broke both the bank and the internet, quite literally. The Kansas City Chiefs superstar signed a brand-new 10-year, $503 million extension that will keep him at Arrowhead through the 2031 season,...

    What are the factors impacting a Myles Garrett extension in 2020?

    First-round picks that hit usually earn a second contract. For the Cleveland Browns, investing in No.1 overall picks is their specialty. After three years, Myles Garrett has more than earned the right...

    Cam Newton’s Patriots deal could be signing of the season

    Leave it to Bill Belichick to ruin an offseason by giving Cam Newton a deal with the New England Patriots. After making everyone believe that the six-time Super Bowl champions would...

    Which team that has never won a Super Bowl could do so in 2020?

    Every year, teams will fight for a shot at the Lombardi Trophy. The award has been given out for over 50 years now, and yet, some teams still find themselves having...

    Why a Jamal Adams trade in 2020 could be highly unlikely

    Jamal Adams wants a trade out of New York in 2020. Despite promising a lucrative deal in the future, the New York Jets and their best defender could be looking to...

    Best and worst landing spots for immediate impact NFL rookies

    Sometimes its talent, other times its luck, but no matter how you look at it, any prospect can become the next big NFL name. However, more often than not, the most...