Opinion

Opinion: Death by a thousand cuts in free agency

Farewell Andrew Whitworth. Farewell Kevin Zeitler. Farewell Domata Peko. Farewell Rex Burkead. And from last year, farewell Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Free agency is THE worst time to be a Bengals fan. Year on year – especially the last few – there seems to have been a mass exodus from Paul Brown Stadium. We’ve gone from a position of strength and a team knocking on the door of a Superbowl run to a team re-signing Andre Smith in little over a year. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots – who have just won their umpteenth Championship – have been wheeling and dealing to make their team better. On paper at least. The Bengals? Currently they’re much worse than they were last year, and last year they finished with a losing record. So why are they so reticent to wheel and deal? Continue reading

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Opinion

Opinion: An open letter to the Bengals

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Well, we’ve had a couple of weeks off after the Superbowl and now we’re raring to go again. It seems the NFL is too – this weekend sees the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and next week sees the start of free agency. Over in the Cincinnati, there seems to be another off-season of uncertainty in store with so many free agents and real possibilities that a few of our better players could leave. Of course, all teams in the NFL face this prospect, and the way the league is set up encourages regeneration and team-building. But still. Could the Bengals be doing more? Here’s Our Jamie Wroe, who’s written an open letter to the Bengals. Continue reading

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Features

The Bengals UK End Of Season Awards: Your vote counts!

article-2520336-19f72b1100000578-554_634x492‘Tis the season. Or at least the end of season. It’s difficult to remain chipper after a season that saw so much inconsistent play on the field, so many injuries and so many frustrations. Add Adam Jones’s post-season capers and the impending doom of free agency into the mix, and the 2016 season was one to forget for the Bengals in so many ways. But wait… there are (and were) always bright spots. There are always bright spots: once again the team sometimes showed how talented it could be, with individual players producing some great performances. So we want to honour some of those players and some of those performances, and, as ever, it’s down to Bengals fans to vote. Over the jump you’ll find seven categories – so get voting! Continue reading

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Features

October 2016: The month the Bengals came to London

wp_20161030_11_59_45_proIt’s hard to believe that it’s now two months and a bit ago that we were just leaving The Admiralty pub – after a week of drinking, meeting people and going a bit crazy – and readying ourselves to go to Wembley to watch a game that, for many British and European-based fans, provided an opportunity to watch the team play live for the very first time. We’ve all discussed the ins and outs of the game over and over (let’s dispel the myth right here and now: British fans WERE NOT content!), the week leading up to the game will be long remembered because of those nights in the pub, and the new friends we made. Let’s see if we can recap some of it… Continue reading

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Features

Bengals In London: What to do, where to do it, and who to do it with

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We’re almost there. The game is so close we can almost smell Vontaze Burfict from here; we can almost hear Andy Dalton’s Coldplay CDs through his headphones as he steps onto the plane; and we can certainly visualise AJ Green as he juggles his baggage through airport security. The Bengals are ON THEIR WAY! We’ve been asked by a lot by fans on both sides of the pond if Bengals UK will be doing anything or meeting up. The answer is yes, we are: we want to meet as many fans from the US as possible, as well as all those Bengals fans in the UK and from Europe who will be coming up, down, across or over for the game. This weekend is not just about seeing our Bengals for the first time on this fair isle – this weekend is about making new friends, and celebrating the team we love with other supporters. Read on for what’s happening. Continue reading

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Predictions

Week 7 predictions: Browns at Bengals

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We come to the first of the Battle Of Ohios in poor shape: a 2-4 record; some seriously indifferent play; some injuries; and some controversial moments (hello, Vontaze). Thankfully, we play a Cleveland team in even poorer shape. They’ve experienced awful injuries at the quarterback position, and they find themselves coming into PBS with an 0-6 record. Hue Jackson, if he didn’t already know, has a huge task on his hands to turn the franchise around. But we can’t feel any sympathy for the lot up the road – it’s time for the Bengals to get back to winning ways. Continue reading

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