Bengals-Browns to face off in futility bowl

Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 2:41 PM
Updated: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 4:02 PM


            CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals fumbles the ball as he is tackled by Chaun Thompson #51of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2005 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals won 27-17. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals fumbles the ball as he is tackled by Chaun Thompson #51of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2005 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals won 27-17. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Even for two franchises with histories that fall well short of glorious, Sunday’s Battle of Ohio between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns could be an all-timer on the futility scale.

Both teams are 0-3 after the Bengals fell at Green Bay 27-24 in overtime Sunday while the Browns lost 31-28 at Indianapolis . That means the 88th renewal of the intrastate rivalry will mark just the third time both teams have been winless when meeting in Week 4 or later.

“I was urgent last week, it’s more urgent this week,” Bengals safety George Iloka said. “Starting off 0-3 is not somewhere we wanted to be. We could’ve easily been 2-1. But easily and should haves don’t count for nothing. The sense of urgency is real high right now. We’ve got to hone in on this one. We can’t look at big picture. We’ve just go to look at now.”

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The most recent instance was in 2008, when both teams were 0-3. The Browns came to Paul Brown Stadium and handed the Bengals a 20-12 loss.

The other time it happened was in 1999, when both teams were 0-4. That contest saw the Bengals pull off a road win with an 18-17 decision. That game holds an infamous spot in B.O.O. lore as the Akili Smith throat slash game, in which the Bengals quarterback made the gesture after throwing a game-winning touchdown pass to Carl Pickens with five seconds remaining.

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A few weeks later, the NFL banned the throat slash as “an unacceptable act of violence.”

So consider Sunday’s game at FirstEnergy Stadium the rubber match of wretchedness.

Using history as a barometer, it could be one of the few highlights the winning team will experience the rest of the season.

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In 2008, the Browns went on to finish 4-12 while the Bengals went 4-11-1.

And in 1999, the Bengals wasted the spark of a last-second win by losing their next game six games to fall to 1-10 before finishing 4-12. Half of those four victories came against the Browns, who dropped their first seven on the way to a 2-14 campaign.

While that 1999 season pre-dated the Marvin Lewis era in Cincinnati, this weekend’s matchup has the feel of the coach’s career coming full circle.

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Lewis’ first season as head coach began 0-3 and was followed by a trip to Cleveland, a battle with Buffalo and a bye.

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Lewis’ 2003 team turned things around and finished 8-8 for the franchise’s first non-losing season in seven years and just the second in 13 seasons.

But it’s doubtful an 8-8 finish in 2017 will be as celebrated.

NEXT GAME

Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) vs. Cleveland Browns (0-3)

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland

TV: Ch. WHIO-TV Ch. 7, Ch. 12

Radio: Bengals — 1530-AM, 102.7-FM, 104.7-FM: Browns — 1290-AM, News 95.7-FM WHIO

WATCH: Jaguars' Leonard Fournette comforted by Patriots' Ricky Jean Francois after loss

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:02 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) leaps over New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers (98) during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) leaps over New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers (98) during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)(David J. Phillip/AP)

Leonard Fournette, the rookie Jacksonville Jaguars running back, was overcome with emotion after his team lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

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Fournette, who had 76 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries Sunday, appeared to be distraught after the game. On Twitter, reporters began to document the running back breaking down, but then a heartwarming moment emerged.

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Cameras captured New England Patriots' defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois going out of his way to hold up the upset running back and offer some words of presumed encouragement.

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LSU football podcast: Leonard Fournette and the Jaguars were screwed by the referees against the Patriots

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

LSU football is the No. 1 topic of discussion every day on SEC Country’s  One Team, One Podcast . Host  Carter ‘The Power” Bryant shares why former Tigers superstar Leonard Fournette and the Jacksonville Jaguars were jobbed by the referees against in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.

Also, Bryant talks about how the weirdness and inconsistency of pass interference and holding calls were on full display in the game, why citing how many schools have NFL players in the playoffs can be inconsistent, the struggles of the LSU basketball team, if Lowell Narcisse is the next JaMarcus Russell and more.     

Leonard Fournette was hurt by the referees

Fournette’s amazing rookie season ended in tears as the Patriots came back from 10 points down in the AFC Championship Game to win 24-20. Bryant explains how weird it was the Jaguars were called for six penalties for 98 yards while the Patriots were only whistled for one for 10 yards.

Here is Bryant’s full Twitter breakdown of how two critical pass interference calls wrongly went in favor of the Patriots, which ultimately led to victory:

Bryant also answers a listener question about Narcisse’s potential under center, as well as talks about the horrendous loss for the Tigers basketball team.

Have something you want discussed on the podcast? Let us know! Tweet any questions you have to  @CarterThePower. Keep up with the latest in recruiting by following  Sam Spiegelman and our SEC Country LSU beat writers  Nick Suss and  Alex Hickey. Listen to this episode of One Team, One Podcast below. We also can be followed  on SoundCloud and you can find past episodes  right here.  

WATCH: Referees' controversial call kept Patriots close in AFC title game

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:11 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack (44) reacts  during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack (44) reacts  during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)(David J. Phillip/AP)

Myles Jack and the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t going to be happy. However, the conspiracy theorists who believe that the National Football League is around to get the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl will be thrilled.

>> PHOTOS: Patriots beat Jaguars to win AFC Championship Game

Jack forced New England running back Dion Lewis to fumble the football on Sunday, leading to the linebacker scooping up the ball with nothing but green grass in his way from scoring a huge touchdown. But a referee whistled the play dead, preventing any such aftermath from taking place.

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Here is the video of the play (draw your own conclusion):

That fumble came on a New England trick play.

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Here is the full trick play in all its glory:

The Jaguars would go on to punt after the turnover, the Patriots would drive down and score a touchdown and New England never wavered, overcoming a late deficit to win the AFC championship 24-20.

Super Bowl 2018: Date, location, TV channel, time

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 2:45 AM

Super Bowl 2018 has the New England Patriots playing the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52. Find Super Bowl game date, location, TV channel and time information below.

The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in the most recent Super Bowl.

Super Bowl 2018: Date, game information

Super Bowl 52 will be played on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. It will feature the AFC champion New England Patriots against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Super Bowl 2018: Location

The 2018 Super Bowl is at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The city previously served as host of Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.

Super Bowl 2018: TV channel

The Super Bowl will be televised by NBC. Al Michaels is doing the play-by-play while Cris Collinsworth is the analyst. Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox are the sideline reports.

Super Bowl 2018: Time

Super Bowl 52 starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Super Bowl: Scores, winners, results

I Green Bay Packers 35-10 Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles
II Green Bay Packers 33-14 Oakland Raiders Miami
III New York Jets 16-7 Baltimore Colts Miami
IV Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans
V Baltimore Colts 16-13 Dallas Cowboys Miami
VI Dallas Cowboys 24-3 Miami Dolphins New Orleans
VII Miami Dolphins 14-7 Washington Redskins Los Angeles
VIII Miami Dolphins 24-7 Minnesota Vikings Houston
IX Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans
X Pittsburgh Steelers 21-17 Dallas Cowboys Miami
XI Oakland Raiders 32-14 Minnesota Vikints Pasadena, Calif.
XII Dallas Cowboys 27-10 Denver Broncos New Orleans
XIII Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31 Dallas Cowboys Miami
XIV Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 Los Angeles Rams Pasadena, Calif.
XV Oakland Raiders 27-10 Philadelphia Eagles New Orleans
XVI San Francisco 49ers 26-21 Cincinnati Bengals Pontiac, Mich.
XVII Washington Redskins 27-17 Miami Dolphins Pasadena, Calif.
XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 38-9 Washington Redskins Tampa, Fla.
XIX San Francisco 49ers 38-16 Miami Dolphins Stanford, Calif.
XX Chicago Bears 46-10 New England Patriots New Orleans
XXI New York Giants 39-20 Denver Broncos Pasadena, Calif.
XXII Washington Redskins 42-10 Denver Broncos San Diego
XXIII San Francisco 49ers 20-16 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXIV San Francisco 49ers 55-10 Denver Broncos New Orleans
XXV New York Giants 20-19 Buffalo Bills Tampa, Fla.
XXVI Washington Redskins 37-24 Buffalo Bills Minneapolis
XXVII Dallas Cowboys 52-17 Buffalo Bills Pasadena, Calif.
XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 30-13 Buffalo Bills Atlanta
XXIX San Francisco 49ers 49-26 San Diego Chargers Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXX Dallas Cowboys 27-17 Pittsburgh Steelers Tempe, Ariz.
XXI Green Bay Packers 35-21 New England Patriots New Orleans
XXII Denver Broncos 31-24 Green Bay Packers San Diego
XXIII Denver Broncos 34-19 Atlanta Falcons Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXIV St. Louis Rams 23-16 Tennessee Titans Atlanta, Fla.
XXXV Baltimore Ravens 34-7 New York Giants Tampa
XXXVI New England Patriots 20-17 St. Louis Rams New Orleans
XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 Oakland Raiders San Diego
XXXVIII New England Patriots 32-29 Carolina Panthers Houston
XXXIX New England Patriots 24-21 Philadelphia Eagles Jacksonville, Fla.
XL Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 Seattle Seahawks Detroit
XLI Indianapolis Colts 29-17 Chicago Bears Miami Gardens, Fla.
XLII New York Giants 17-14 New England Patriots Glendale, Ariz.
XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 Arizona Cardinals Tampa, Fla.
XLIV New Orleans Saints 31-17 Indianapolis Colts Miami Gardens, Fla.
XLV Green Bay Packers 31-25 Pittsburgh Steelers Arlington, Texas
XLVI New York Giants 21-17 New England Patriots Indianapolis
XLVII Baltimore Ravens 34-31 San Francisco 49ers New Orleans
XLVIII Seattle Seahawks 43-8 Denver Broncos East Rutherford, N.J.
XLIX New England Patriots 28-24 Seattle Seahawks Glendale, Ariz.
50 Denver Broncos 24-10 Carolina Panthers Santa Clara, Calif.
51 New England Patriots 34-28 (OT) Atlanta Falcons Houston
52 Minneapolis