Cole Thompson

187 articles

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...

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...