Bengals to break out ‘specialty’ jerseys Sunday vs. Bills

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 4: Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs on to the field while being introduced to the crowd prior to the start of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 4: Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs on to the field while being introduced to the crowd prior to the start of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals will wear their orange jerseys Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium.

Orange is designated as a specialty jersey by the NFL, which means the Bengals can only wear them twice a year. The other game will be Nov. 26 at home against Cleveland.

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The Bengals record when wearing their orange jerseys is 19-6-1 (15-6-1 with white pants, 4-0 with black pants). The team’s success in orange is far and away better than the other uniform combinations.

Here are the others since 2004, the year of the team’s last significant uniform redesign.

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Black jersey, black pants: 15-11-1

Black jersey, white pants: 32-31-1

White jersey, white pants (color rush): 1-1

White jersey, black pants: 25-28

White jersey, white pants: 12-27

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Here are the results for each game the Bengals played in orange jerseys:

hen the Bengals wear their orange jerseys:

Dec. 4, 2016: Cincinnati 32, Philadelphia 14 (black pants)

Oct. 23, 2016: Cincinnati 31, Cleveland 17

Nov. 16, 2015: Houston 10, Cincinnati 6

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 4: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals scrambles for a first down as Allen Bailey #97 of the Kansas City Chiefs attempts to make a tackle during the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Kansas City 36-21. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)(John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Oct. 4, 2015: Cincinnati 36, Kansas City 21

Nov. 2, 2014: Cincinnati 33, Jacksonville 23

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Oct. 12, 2014: Cincinnati 37, Carolina 37

Nov. 17, 2013: Cincinnati 41, Cleveland 20

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 22: Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs for a touchdown during the NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Sept. 22, 2013: Cincinnati 34, Green Bay 30

Dec. 9, 2012: Dallas 20, Cincinnati 19

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Oct. 21, 2012: Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 17

Dec. 24, 2011: Cincinnati 23, Arizona 16

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 16: Jerome Simpson #89 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 27-17. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Oct. 16, 2011: Cincinnati 27, Indianapolis 17

Dec. 26, 2010: Cincinnati 34, San Diego 20

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Nov. 21, 2010: Buffalo 49, Cincinnati 31

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 29: Bernard Scott #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball while defended by Mike Adams #20 of the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Nov. 29, 2009: Cincinnati 16, Cleveland 7

Oct. 18, 2009: Houston 28, Cincinnati 17

Dec. 28, 2008: Cincinnati 16, Kansas City 6

Nov. 2, 2008: Cincinnati 21, Jacksonville 19

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Nov. 25, 2007: Cincinnati 35, Tennessee 6

Oct. 1, 2007: New England 34, Cincinnati 13

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 10: Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against defensive back Tyrone Poole #38 of the Oakland Raiders on December 10, 2006 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Raiders 27-10. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)(David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Dec. 10, 2006: Cincinnati 27, Oakland 10

Oct. 22, 2006: Cincinnati 17, Carolina 14

Dec. 11, 2005: Cincinnati 23, Cleveland 20 (black pants)

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Oct. 30, 2005: Cincinnati 21, Green Bay 14

Nov. 28, 2004: Cincinnati 58, Cleveland 48 (black pants)

Nov. 7, 2004: Cincinnati 26, Dallas 3 (black pants)

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 7: Wide receiver Chad Johnson #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by cornerback Lance Frazier #30 of the Dallas Cowboys during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on November 7, 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Cowboys 26-3. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Guenther addresses report of playing Ross at corner

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:13 PM


            CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 3: Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during an organized team activity (OTA) workout at Paul Brown Stadium on June 3, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 3: Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during an organized team activity (OTA) workout at Paul Brown Stadium on June 3, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said he was aware of the report from Pro Football Talk that the team considered giving rookie first-round wide receiver John Ross some reps at cornerback, something Marvin Lewis joked about at his Wednesday press conference due to the team’s injury problems.

But Guenther scoffed at the notion there was any thought given to Ross switching positions.

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It was simply a contingency plan for an injury-riddled secondary that was without starting safety Shawn Williams (hamstring) and starting cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) and Adam Jones (groin) and backup Darqueze Dennard (knee).

“At the beginning of the week we only had a certain amount of DBs we were going to have available, so we tried to scour the roster and see if guys who may have played DB in college,” Guenther said.

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Ross started four games at corner and three at wide receiver during his freshman year at Washington.

“We had a couple other receivers we talked about taking reps at safety just in case in an emergency situation,” Guenther said. “You have to have your bases covered.”

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Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green played safety on a Chicago’s Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the first half and registered a pass defended. And offensive lineman Alex Redmond played defensive tackle in the goal-line package in the second half.

The Bengals called up cornerback Tony McRae from the practice squad on Saturday after placing Jones on season-ending IR, so had Ross not gone on IR earlier in the week, Guenther could have used him in the Bears game if he lost another corner.

“I said ‘that’ll be the call of the year if I get John Ross a sack on a corner blitz,’” Guenther laughed.

4-star RB in 2018 class decommits from Mississippi State

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:19 PM

Dan Mullen’s departure from Mississippi State has likely made a high-profile commit decide he’s a better fit elsewhere.

Four-star running back Fabian Franklin decommitted from the Bulldogs on Dec. 10 and then committed to Texas Christian University according to Yancy Porter of Scout.

Franklin is the 2nd best player in Mississippi according to 247 Sports. He’s also a top-300 player nationally and the no. 14 running back according to the site.

While he’s now committed to TCU, Franklin has already flipped once. Other schools which have offers out include Tennessee, Ole Miss, Michigan, Georgia and Alabama.

The Hattiesburg native attends Hattiesburg High School and just gave Joe Moorhead a new spot to fill in his 2018 class.

Cowboys’ Sean Lee: We have great opportunity ahead of us

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:16 PM

Sean Lee and the Dallas Cowboys are going by a simple mantra during their season-defining stretch run — one game at a time.

“We continue to play,” Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee said after the team’s 30-10 win over the New York Giants, per the Cowboys’ official website. “We know we have a great opportunity ahead of us and we’ve got to take it one game at a time. I know that’s cliché, but that’s the only way you do it if you want to get on a winning streak.”

It’s notable for a player like Lee to say that. The Cowboys view the weak side linebacker as a team and he is the driving force on their defense. Dallas desperately missed Lee when he was out the past three games with a hamstring injury. He made his presence know on Sunday with a team-high 18 tackles.

Since the Philadelphia Eagles locked up the NFC East, the Cowboys (7-6) only chance to make the playoffs is going the wild card route.

All 22 stating on the Cowboys Facebook Live that the team needs to win out to have a chance at the postseason. If the regular season ending today, the Cowboys would be on the outside looking in. As it currently stands, the Carolina Panthers (8-5) and Atlanta Falcons (8-5) own the two win card spots. The Cowboys are currently the fourth team outside the NFC wild-card picture behind the Seattle Seahawks (8-5), Detroit Lions (7-6) and Green Bay Packers (7-6).

Three games remain in the regular season. Dallas will find out their postseason fate in the very near future.

The Cowboys don’t control their own destiny, it’s out of their hands. All the team can do is win the rest of the remaining games on the schedule.

 

Report: Oregon OC Marcus Arroyo expected to sign 3-year deal with Ducks

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:10 PM

Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo is expected to sign a 3-year deal with the Ducks, according to a report by Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated.

Arroyo, 37, served as the Oregon co-offensive coordinator with new head coach Mario Cristobal during the 2017 season. He was also the quarterbacks coach. It is not known whether or not Arroyo will continue to serve as the QB coach moving forward. Before coming to the Ducks, Arroyo was the running backs coach at Oklahoma State in 2015 and 2016.

Arroyo was a four-year starting quarterback at San Jose State. He started his coaching career in 2003 as a graduate assistant at San Jose State and was the co-offensive coordinator for the Spartans by 2007. He has also served as the sole offensive coordinator at Southern Miss and Wyoming.

The Oregon OC has also worked for the Cal Bears and in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.