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  1. Starting safety Shawn Williams (concussion) is listed as questionable after getting in a full practice on Friday. That would suggest he’s trending toward clearing the Youth Billy Price Jersey NFL’s concussion protocol, but it’s far from a done deal he’ll face the Chiefs. If he’s down, Clayton Fejedelem will start in his place.As for the rest of the injured Bengals, Giovani Bernard (knee/toe), Tyler Kroft (foot), Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular), Billy Price (foot) and Nick Vigil (knee) have all been ruled out. None of them appear likely to play in Week 8 vs. the Buccaneers either.Thankfully, the bye week comes in Week 9, so it’s possible most of them are back by Week 10 when the Saints come to Paul Brown Stadium.For the Chiefs, starting center Mitch Morse (concussion) has been ruled out, while linebacker Justin Houston (hamstring) and safety Eric Berry (heel) are listed as doubtful. Berry would be a game-changer for a struggling Chiefs defense if active, but it looks like his 2018 debut will have to wait a little longer.Backup linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon and safety Eric Murray are both questionable with ankle injuries. Sunday Update: Shawn Williams was out early on the field at Arrowhead Stadium getting in a workout with Giovani Bernard and other injured Bengals. While that may sound good, Katherine Terrell reports it may actually be a bad sign for his availability tonight. You knew at some point it would come to an end. No. That sounds too final.Cincinnati’s comeback ability against adversity, a storyline that’s fueled the Bengals this year, stalled on Sunday. That’s all we mean. The season is clearly alive and the Bengals hold a significant piece of the division pie through six weeks — though even that silver-lining offers minimal comfort against an opponent like Pittsburgh. It’s just a game. Why are you pacing in the living room, or tepidly chomping your fingernails in the stands? This isn’t just any game. We’re not talking about Atlanta or Miami here. This is Steelers week. Sure, the game counts the same as any other. But there’s so much emotional subtext. We’re eating a spoonful of emotions during these meetings. When the Bengals do something great against Pittsburgh, there’s always the potential for our exuberant reactions to be recorded and go viral. And cursing. There’s a lot of that too. Our emotions against the Steelers have lingered for far too long. We can cite “the injury” in 2005. We could probably stretch further into the Chin and Jerome Bettis years. Cincinnati needs a way to purge these lingering feelings of inferiority against Pittsburgh if they want something more. Exorcise your demons, if you will. Will the Bengals win another playoff game? Will they return to the Super Bowl? Will they ever beat Pittsburgh again?Sunday’s game was the type of contest you expect out of the AFC North; a slugfest between two titans vying to write competing narrative. It wasn’t a must-win, but both teams needed a win — the Bengals want to beat an unbeatable nemesis (to them), and the Steelers are trying to expel mounting adversity of their own.It wasn’t pretty. At all. Rain spat all afternoon, from a drizzle to something more steady at times. There was the endless curtain of grey clouds and dreariness. Questionable penalties and missing holding calls emphasized an apocalyptic atmosphere. Pittsburgh punished Cincinnati’s defense, sending Darqueze Dennard (arm in a sling after the game) and Nick Vigil (on crutches) to the locker room, with William Jackson, Carlos Dunlap, Dre Kirkpatrick, Jessie Bates, and Vontaze Burfict randomly exiting with bangs and bruises. Darius Phillips (the only man capable of stopping Vance McDonald), Clayton Fejedelem , and Vincent Rey filled in. Jordan Evans spelled Burfict, who may need to answer questions regarding his conditioning. The Steelers generated 481 yards on offense, with running back James Conner posting 111 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 369 yards and the Steelers had two receivers with 100+ yards — Antonio Brown (105 yards receiving) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (111 yards receiving). It’s the third time this season Cincinnati’s defense allowed 425 yards or more to their opponent. Coaches may need to answer questions about Cincinnati’s devolving defense. Are we premature in judgement? Are they still getting used to Teryl Austin’s philosophy?Despite everything, Cincinnati nearly pulled out the win. Those cardiac cats. The Bengals took a 21-20 lead with 1:21 remaining, their first lead since the 14:37 mark in the second quarter. Their improbable comeback, capped by a four-yard Joe Mixon run, was the result of a C.J. Uzomah third down conversion, two A.J. Green snags (for 23 and seven yards respectively), and a Tyler Boyd catch for 16 yards. Fans inside Paul Brown Stadium lost their collective minds. Gray and dreariness gave way to sunshine and cotton candy. Two scenarios emerged:Continue to establish a narrative that Cincinnati fights until the end, despite facing significant deficits and adversity;The Bengals left far too much time for the Steelers to mount their own comeback. “You can look at it now and say we could have taken up more time, but I don’t think teams will think about it in real time,” said Dalton after that game. “It’s unfortunate we left too much time. Ben’s been good in that situation for years, and we weren’t able to get it done.”Pittsburgh had the ball with 1:18 remaining from their own 23-yard line. Within six plays, including a 23-yard pass to Smith-Schuster and a “trash” defensive hold on Dre Kirkpatrick, the Steelers had first down from Cincinnati’s 31-yard line. Antonio Brown navigated around an illegal pick on a quick slant for a game-winning touchdown with 10 ticks remaining on the clock. NOTE: Senior VP of Officiating Al Riveron says the pick is legal because the defense initiated contact — does it matter that Justin Hunter doesn’t even run the route and is clearly a blocker during the entire play? Sunday Night Football’s rules expert disagreed.“That is a disappointing way to lose a football game, (after) we get back and get the lead and so forth,” Marvin Lewis said after the game. “We had some good things throughout the day, but not enough to win the football game throughout. When we get depleted, we have to step up and get to the next guy, and the next guy has to make a play. That was a great job by the offense of going down the field and giving us the lead after the field goal. But we have to figure out a way to stop the (Steelers’) offense and win the football game.”Brown’s touchdown may have been the winning-score, but it wasn’t what beat Cincinnati. Those season-long vulnerabilities surfaced throughout Sunday’s game; the 5-10 yard gap in coverage; the pass rush disappearing for long periods; huge chunk of yards allowed; missed tackling, especially against the bulldozer Vance McDonald. Pittsburgh had three players with more than 100 yards (either receiving or rushing). However, there were positives. Pittsburgh compiled a 12-play drive early in the third quarter that spanned 85 yards, reaching the Bengals one-yard line. This scenario had an interesting setup; Jesse Bates slammed into James Conner forcing the running back out at the one. Had the Steelers demanded a review, most likely it’s called a touchdown. They didn’t and it wasn’t. Cincinnati’s Swiss cheese defense became a block of Grade A awesome after that. First they held Conner to nothing and then forced an incompletion to Jesse James. Cincinnati concluded the drive with a two-yard loss, starting with Sam Hubbard making initial contact in the backfield and Vontaze Burfict clearing the plate for a two-yard loss. Chris Boswell chipped the 21-yarder to give Pittsburgh a 17-14 lead.On the flip side of the ball, Cincinnati’s offense lacked identity. They relied entirely too much on the pass against one of the league’s worst pass defenses. Granted, the logic is sound. However, going with a pass-heavy game-plan has rarely worked for Cincinnati. Since 2011 Youth Vontaze Burfict Jersey , the Bengals have only won eight of 27 games when Andy Dalton passes 40 times or more — two of those have come this season. Mixon was underutilized. Sunday’s game featured a season-low 64 rushing . yards, but a career-high (during games with 10 carries or more) 5.8 yards/rush. Explosive runs of 17, 16, and 13 yards were peppered throughout the game.

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