Cincinnati Bengals

AFC North

2013 Schedule

  • Week 1

    CIN (21) @ CHI (24)


  • Week 2

    PIT (10) @ CIN (20)


  • Week 3

    GB (30) @ CIN (34)


  • Week 4

    CIN (6) @ CLE (17)


  • Week 5

    NE (6) @ CIN (13)


  • Week 6

    CIN (27) @ BUF (24)


  • Week 7

    CIN (27) @ DET (24)


  • Week 8

    NYJ (9) @ CIN (49)


  • Week 9

    CIN (20) @ MIA (22)


  • Week 10

    CIN (17) @ BAL (20)


  • Week 11

    CLE (20) @ CIN (41)


  • Week 12


  • Week 13

    CIN (17) @ SD (10)


PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

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Carl Pickens

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Carl Pickens was one of the most dominating receivers in the NFL from 1994-1996. Pickens came out of Tennessee after his Junior season to enter the 1992 NFL Draft, where he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round. Carl had some attitude issues in the Cincinnati, which tarnished his time with the Bengals, but he is still one of the best receivers in their history.

When Pickens joined the Bengals, he came with rookie first round quarterback David Klinger, who would go one to be one of the many first round quarterback busts for the Bengals. Klingler was the backup to Boomer Esiason, who was playing in his final season with Cincinnati, and the Bengals were not a very dynamic team in 1992, as they only threw for 2,284 yards as a team. The leading receiver that season was Tim McGee who had 35 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns, but Carl Pickens was starting to turn heads in his rookie season. Pickens started 10 games and finished the year with 26 catches for 326 yards and one score. Those numbers don’t look special, but they were good enough for Carl to be named Rookie of the Year. Pickens would continue to improve, but what he did between 1994-1996 was truly special.

The Bengals entered 1994 with David Klinger clinging to his starting job, and after going 0-7 to start the season he was replaced by Jeff Blake. Blake brought more excitement and a big arm to the offense, and Carl Pickens quickly became his favorite target. The Bengals only won three games this season, but Pickens finished with 71 catches for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns, which was the third most by a receiver. Blake liked to throw the deep pass, and he connected with Pickens on six pass plays of 50 yards or more this season. The stage was set for Carl to dominate, and he had his best season in 1995.

Personally, I will never forget Pickens 1995 season. I was playing in my second year of Fantasy Football, and I had fallen in love with Pickens the season earlier watching his highlights on George Michael’s Sports Machine. I grabbed Pickens as the third receiver off the board that year in the third round, and he led me to my first championship. Jeff Blake was the starter full time, and the Bengals began to play better football and Pickens led the way. He finished the season with 99 catches for 1,234 yards, which was tops in the AFC, but led the NFL with 17 touchdowns.  Carl was dominant, but he lacked the longer catches this season, as Darney Scott came on to take over that role.

In 1996 Carl showed that he might take a step back after his career season, but not by that much. Once again, the longer catches eluded Pickens in 1996, but he finished the season with 100 catches (3rd in NFL) for 1,180 yards (8th in NFL) with 12 touchdowns (3rd in NFL). Blake to Pickens was becoming normality in Cincinnati, although the two were never able to take the next step to make the Bengals a playoff team.

Pickens dominated the NFL during this span with 270 catches for 3,541 yards and 40 touchdowns. Unfortunately, Pickens was not the best locker room guy, and had issues with the front office. An injury in 1997 allowed the team to start planning for life without Pickens, and even after a resurgent 1998 season, he was no longer looked at as the answer in Cincinnati, and he was shown the door after the 1999 season. Pickens still ranks second all-time in receiving for the Bengals with 530 catches for 6,887 yards and 75 scores.



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The Ickey Shuffle

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Its players knew the NFL as the No Fun League during the 1980’s. The Ickey Shuffle came front and center to that debate in 1988.

Ickey Woods was a rookie running back from UNLV, taken at the top of the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals. He had a fantastic rookie campaign rushing for 1,066 yards, with a 5.3 YPC average. That was not what made Ickey so special. Woods had a knack for scoring touchdowns, and finished with 15 during his rookie year. It was what Woods would do after scoring that raised the ire of the league.

It is crazy to think back that they made such a big deal about this dance that was so easy anyone could do it. All he did was hold the ball in his right hand and take two shuffles to the right, shift the ball to his left hand for two shuffles left, followed by two more to the right, two hops and a spike of the ball. That was followed by twirling your finger around like an umpire signaling a home run, but grooving while doing it. Ickey would shuffle on in the endzone until Nov. 27, 1988.

On that day, against Buffalo, Woods scored a touchdown and did his shuffle. As he did the referee threw a penalty flag for delay of game, and a five-yard penalty. After that, Woods did his shuffling on the sidelines. The question I always had was; where did this big man find the passion for dancing?

According to an interview Ickey did back then, this is what he had to say.

At high school dances, Elbert ``Ickey`` Woods was never the smooth mover in the spotlight.

``I was never really hot on the big dances,`` he says. ``But I went to a lot of parties and I was not opposed to getting a little wild.``

But later in life, while sitting at home with his mom watching TV, the idea for the Shuffle burst into his head.

``I just got up and started going crazy,`` he said. ``My mother was yelling at me to sit down.``

He decided that if he scored a touchdown in the game the next day, he`d dance. And dance he did.

You have to give the guy credit for creating something that became bigger than he ever dreamed it could be. Woods football career was all-downhill after that, but he will always be remembered for the Ickey Shuffle. The Shuffle has also reached cult icon status as it now has a meaning in the Urban Dictionary.

Urban Dictionary – The Ickey Shuffle

When you finish taking a dump in an empty public restroom then realize there is no toilet paper and no one to help you, you are forced to stand up and shuffle over to the next stall with your pants down by your ankles. The cold crap swishing between you buns is nothing if not "ickey" - you're doing the Ickey Shuffle.

So Ickey Woods and his shuffle will live on in infamy for the rest of time. So the next time you are stuck with no toilet paper, do your best to shuffle like Ickey.



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Eddie Brown

Eddie Lee Brown was born on December 18th in 1962.  He played for the University of Miami.  At Miami he was part of the 1984 winning Orange Bowl team that shocked Nebraska for the National Championship.  He was also named the consensus All-American, and the first wide receiver to gain over 1,000 yards. Upon his departure into the NFL he set career school records for receptions, yards, and touchdowns.

In 1985 he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, with the 13th pick of the NFL draft and was the second wide receiver chosen after Al Toon. He was also three picks ahead of the G.O.A.T. Jerry Rice.  Eddie Brown went on to win Rookie of the Year honors, after he recorded 53 receptions for 942 yards and eight touchdowns.  Three years later in 1988, he caught 53 passes for 1,273 yards at a franchise best 24 yards per catch average, and is still a NFL record for receivers with 50+ receptions. Brown finished his career with the Bengals, and the top 10 in receptions (363), yards (6,134), and touchdowns (41).

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Dalton named player of the week, but bench him this week

For the second time this season, Dalton was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. As he was also Offensive Player of the Month for October, he is the first Bengals player to get three league honors in a season since David Fulcher in 1989.

“I was a little surprised by this one. There were some guys who had bigger weeks,” said Dalton about the honor. “It just goes to show what we were able to do. It was a big week for us offensively and we have to keep that going.”

Dalton is going into Sunday night’s game against Pittsburgh much like he did before the Week 2 contest – with plenty of momentum. That hasn’t meant a lot, though, when Dalton has gone up against a Dick LeBeau defense.

In his five games against the Steelers, Dalton has a completion percentage of 53 percent and a passer rating of 67.8, which are well below his career numbers of 60.8 percent and 85.1. In three of the games, Dalton has had a completion percentage of 50 percent or lower and only once has he had a passer rating above 80 (81.7 in the first game this season).

Pyro's take: This is one of those where the numbers don't lie. Dalton has struggled against his division rival, and that familiarty is what makes him a player to bench this week.

The Bengals are also playing in one of the few games that will be played in potentially inclement weather. Dalton has had his moments this season, and if he led you to victory last week then he did his job. In week 2 he threw for 280, but only one touchdown, and that was at home in good weather. Play a better option if you have one.

12/13/13, 06:17 PM CST by Houdini

Gio is not going to be a 25 touch player this year according to Jay Gruden

Asked when Bernard might become the feature back, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said "when Coach (Marvin) Lewis," says so, but they aren't looking to displace BenJarvus Green-Ellis. So it sounds like it is going to remain by committee.

"Eighty-five or 90 percent of the teams in the league have two or three running backs that they use. So I think it's important to have two or three. These games are physical man, these 16 games. You play on a Sunday and a Thursday, then go to Baltimore and Cleveland, its non-stop," Gruden said.

"So to say we're going to give the ball to Gio 25 times each week is kind of unrealistic. He needs spelling. He needs a bigger back in there like BenJarvus to take 10, 12, 15 carries and a game…It keeps him fresh, too. Some of these guys, it's important for them to be fresh, fast. That's the way he is. He needs to have full stamina and be fresh coming out of the backfield running fast because that's what he is. If he's tired after his 17th, 18th carry and all of a sudden he becomes a 4.8 guy and tired, he becomes an ordinary guy."

Pyro's take: Gio is a fantastic back, who has the potential to turn any play into a big gainer. I do also feel what Gruden says is correct. Bernard is not going to be as effective if he is taking the punishment of 20+ carries.

We have seen what happened when the Bills decided to make C.J. Spiller a 20 carry player, and the Bengals should learn from that. Gio is a special talent, and he should be on the field more, but he does need to stay fresh.

This week Bernard is facing the Ravens who are only giving up 11.9 points a game to running backs, which is the best in the league. It would be wise to temper your expectations for him this week, but he can always break one.

11/07/13, 08:53 PM CST by Houdini

Jones blows up and will soon be owned in all leagues

Jones caught eight passes for 122 yards and four touchdowns – all career highs.

The four receiving touchdowns set a Bengals franchise record. Jones also tied Corey Dillon and Larry Kinnebrew for most total touchdowns in a game.

Only one time in his college career did Jones score even two touchdowns in a game and speculated he'd date back to Pop Warner days to find any other time he hit paydirt that often. Fitting really, considering Andy Dalton and Jones have looked like they are playing against little tikes the last three weeks.

“He's had the potential since he's been here,” Dalton said. “I think he's just comfortable with everything that we're doing and everything that we're asking him to do. For him to come out and have a game like this, we needed it.”

Pyro's take: Jones had been an improving receiver heading into this career performance this Sunday. Jones now has a touchdown catch in each of his last 3 games. Over that span he has 15 catches for 250 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The 23 year old has been developing a nice chemistry with Andy Dalton, and the Bengals have been dying to find other options in the passing game to take some pressure off of AJ Green. Dalton has been spreading the ball around as of late, and Jones has been a favorite redzone target. Hopefully you grabbed him when he was on our waiver wire pick up 3 weeks ago, otherwise you better check quick to see if he is available.

10/28/13, 05:53 PM CDT by Houdini

Gio impressing everyone

Presently, the rookie Bernard is splitting carries with starter Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis.

“You can plug me into any type of offense and I’ll execute,” said Bernard. The explosive back had the same amount of carries as Green- Ellis in the Cleveland game.

“You have to find ways to get this guy the ball,” said Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham who is awed by Bernard’s explosiveness.

Bernard has tortured teams by running, catching the ball out of the backfield, and being a decoy thus far this season. There’s a reason he was the first running back picked in the draft, said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. Bernard was the 37 player picked in the draft. The Bengals knew they had finally acquired that versatile back so desperately needed.

Pyro's take: We hope you have this guy on your team, because we were all over this before the season started. Gio is by far the most talented back for the Bengals, and has shown the ability to do it all. Bernard will continue to see his role in the offense grow, and has become a solid RB2 with upside in fantasy football.

10/17/13, 06:45 PM CDT by Houdini

Giovani Bernard impressive again

The second-round draft pick had a 7-yard touchdown run in the first half before turning a short pass from Andy Dalton into a third-quarter score — a preview of what the Bengals (1-1) could become with a pass-catching threat out of the backfield.

“I saw green grass,” said Bernard, a second-round pick from North Carolina. “Once you see green grass, you’ve got to take it. You don’t get many chances like that. When you do, you’ve got to take it.”

“Gio’s done a good job,” Dalton said. “We drafted him to be versatile, move around the backfield and make big plays. And that’s exactly what we’ve gotten out him.”

Pyro's take: We have told you for awhile now that Giovani is going to be the real fantasy player for the Bengals, and this game was a prelude of things to come. Bernard was able to show off all the aspects of his game with running and receiving touchdowns. The bigger touchdown may have been the touchdown run against a tough run defense and he showed his determination pushing the ball over the goal line. The Law Firm is in trouble and will eventually give way to the rookie.

09/18/13, 10:22 PM CDT by Houdini

Giovani Bernard continues to impress

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard showed those special talents on Saturday that forced Cincinnati to use their No. 37 overall selection during the 2013 NFL draft. During the team's second possession with over six minutes remaining in the first quarter, Bernard generated 48 yards from scrimmage during a possession that led to a one-yard touchdown by the rookie running back.

"I want to be an every-down back. I don’t want to be a guy that’s just shifty or a guy that can just run outside or catch balls out of the backfield," Bernard said. "I want to be able to be a guy who can do it all. That’s the thing I bring to the table as a person that’s able to do it all. If I can add that to my game, it’s going to be awesome. Benny’s going to come back real strong, and we’re just excited for this entire thing going on and seeing how it plays out."

Pyro's take: Giovani Bernard has been climbing in my tiers since the start of training camp. This game performance is just another feather in this cap and reason to understand that Bernard is going to have much more value this season than The Law Firm.

Bernard is showing all the flash and ability that made him a coveted player by the Bengals, and with his addition, as well as Tyler Eifert, the Bengals should have a lot more pop in their offense this season.

08/19/13, 10:09 PM CDT by Houdini

Giovani Bernard scores a touchdown and makes 3 catches

Giovani Bernard had 10 carries for 28 yards with a 1 yard touchdown run. Bernard also added 3 catches for 16 yards.

Pyro's take: This is a decent showing for Bernard in his first NFL action. He was not able to break a big run, but being able to score in a goal line formation is encouraging. Bernard was able to be more effective in the passing game with his 3 catches, and that is where he should make a bigger impact in his rookie season.

Bernard is still trying to take the starting job from Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis and now has 3 more games to make a bigger impression.

08/10/13, 06:46 PM CDT by Houdini

AJ Green to miss a few practices

AJ Green suffered a hyper-extended knee during a deep ball drill. Afterward he said,

"It was like I was trying to keep my feet in and then I got off balance. I don't know if something was under my foot, or if it was a rock or something. I just went back and slipped,"

This is similar to the injury he suffered against the Steelers in 2011. The MRI revealed no structural damage.

Pyro's take: This is a major stroke of luck for Green that is was only a mild hyper-extension. Green will miss a few practices, but should be just fine. Green is still one of our favorite receivers this season, so we will continue to monitor him throughout the preseason.

07/27/13, 03:00 PM CDT by Houdini

Giovani Bernard will make a PPR impact

Rookie running back Giovani Bernard has made a nice impression on his running backs coach, Hue Jackson, who said.

"He's so natural catching the ball. He can catch it like a receiver...I knew he could catch it really well, but I wouldn't be surprised if he could go out there and line up outside and catch balls like some other guys can because he has that skill set."

Bernard is being looked at not just a change of pace running back, but as a running back with Percy Harvin like receiving skills.

Pyro's take: Bernard was drafted to be the Bengals back of the future, and his pass catching skills were a big reason why they wanted him. Bernard had 92 receptions for 852 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2 years at North Carolina. Bernard was already going to be the change of pace from The Law Firm, but now it seems that he is going to see a lot of involvement in the passing game and could have at least 40 catches this season, making him a viable option in PPR leagues.

07/02/13, 10:00 PM CDT by Houdini

Chris Henry dies Thursday morning

Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry died in a Charlotte hospital Thursday morning, on day after suffering serious injuries when he fell out of the back of his pickup truck in what authorities described as a domestic dispute with his fiancee. Henry was 26 years old.

Pyro's take: The NFL has experienced a number of horrific events over it's existence, but none of them compares to when a player loses his life. Chris Henry may have been a troubled soul early on in his career, but he turned his life around as of late, and was even said to have been planning his wedding in the days leading up to his death.
Our condolences go out to Chris Henry's family and all those involved in his life.

12/17/09, 04:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå

Texans to sign RB Chris Henry off practice squad

The Houston Texans are expected to sign running back Chris Henry off of their practice squad sometime in the next couple of days.

Pyro's take: We're suspecting the news from the spine specialist RB Steve Slaton went to see today wasn't good and that he likely won't be active for Week 14. Henry is no more than an insurance policy as their third RB and is not worth a pickup for your fantasy football team.

12/08/09, 04:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå

Henry placed on injured reserve, season over

The Cincinnati Bengals placed wide receiver Chris Henry on injured reserved today with two broken bones in his left forearm, thus ending his 2009 season.

Pyro's take: It's safe to drop him in all fantasy football leagues except for dynasty leagues. Henry will be a free agent and could have a lot of interest this off-season from teams looking for a starter.

11/09/09, 02:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå

Henry leaves game with possible forearm fracture

Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry left Sunday's game against the Ravens with what might be a fracture left forearm.

Pyro's take: If the arm is broken, it's likely Henry's season would be over. He was disappointing fantasy football owners who took a chance on him breaking out this year already, so his loss probably doesn't make much of a difference for your team.

11/08/09, 02:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå

Chris Henry pretty close to 100 percent

Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry (quad) proclaimed himself “pretty much 100 percent” healthy after dealing with his quadriceps injury for most of the season.

Pyro's take: It looked like Henry was in line to have a breakout year, but that hasn't even come close to happening as he only has 11 catches so far on the season. We'll see this week if his injury was the problem, or if everyone simply over-estimated his abilities.

11/05/09, 10:30 AM CST by Dawgmaticå

The Josh Johnson experiment looks to be over

With rookie quarterback Josh Freeman taking snaps with the first-team at practice on Wednesday, it looks like the Buccaneers have had their fill of Josh Johnson for the year.

Pyro's take: He was never fantasy football material to begin with, but if you had him on your team, feel free to drop him now.

10/28/09, 01:15 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå

Chris Henry questionable for Sunday with illness

Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry (illness) was not dressed for practice on Friday and is listed as questionable on the team's injury report.

Pyro's take: This was the first practice Henry missed this week, so he might have just caught the flu bug going around. Sit the disappointing receiver on your fantasy football bench once again.

10/23/09, 01:00 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå

QB Josh Johnson still the Bucs starter

Buccaneers quarterback Josh Johnson will continue to be the team's starter under center for at least another week according to coach Raheem Morris. "Josh (Johnson) is the quarterback. We got a short week going. It's New England... Josh has to focus on playing well while he's in there."

Pyro's take: Johnson has performed as well as can be expected since taking over the starting job in Week 4, but he's not the answer to the Bucs woes. The team will see what their first-round pick Josh Freeman has to offer soon enough, possibly in Week 9.

10/20/09, 10:00 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå

Bucs to use shotgun more for Josh Johnson

Buccaneers offensive coordinator Greg Olson will look to use the shotgun more as QB Josh Johnson seems to be more comfortable in that situation. "He seems to see the field a little bit better, a little more comfortable getting the ball out of his hands," Olson said.

Pyro's take: The Bucs are struggling to win, but Johnson does look to be getting more comfortable under center. Regardless, he's still not your fantasy football answer by any means.

10/16/09, 11:15 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå

Scaife practices again, looks good to go in Week 4

Titans tight end Bo Scaife (knee) practiced in full again on Thursday and looks to be active for the game against the Jaguars on Sunday.

Pyro's take: Scaife led the team in receptions last year, so his return should help the Titans get off the schneid. Being his first game back from injury, however, we'd let him sit on your fantasy football bench for one more week.

10/02/09, 01:15 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå

Scaife appears on track to play Sunday

Titans tight end Bo Scaife (knee) practiced in full pads on Wednesday and looks to be on track for some game action this Sunday against the Jaguars.

Pyro's take: Scaife has been out since injuring his knee in the first game of the year, a game he was playing well in. When back at full speed, Scaife can be started as a low-end TE1 on your fantasy football team.

10/01/09, 06:45 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå


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