NFL Schedule: Bengals to open season at home for first time since 2009

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

            Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs up the middle during their game against the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs up the middle during their game against the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

The Cincinnati Bengals will open the season at home for the first time since 2009 when they play host to the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 10.

Among the other highlights on the regular schedule, which the NFL released Thursday night, are two primetime games, both of which are at home. The first comes in Week 2 against the Houston Texans on Sept. 14, and the second is a Monday night tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 4.

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Here is a full look at the 2017 schedule. All times are local.

Sunday, Sept. 10, vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 14, vs. Houston, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24, at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1, at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

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Sunday, Oct. 8, vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 15, Bye Week

Sunday, Oct. 22, at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29, vs. Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

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Sunday, Nov. 5, at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12, at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19, at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26, vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m.

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Monday, Dec. 4, vs. Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 10, vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 17, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24, vs. Detroit, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 31, at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers fans vent their frustrations loudly about officiating on Sunday night

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 11:59 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers fans at Heinz Field are furious at the officiating on Sunday night.

The Steelers are playing their rival, the Baltimore Ravens, and there have been many penalties called. However, two in the second half nearly decided the game.

Steelers cornerback Artie Burns was called for two pass interference penalties in Ravens’ territory. Both penalties put the Ravens in scoring position, and they finished both drives with touchdowns.

The second penalty that turned into a touchdown came after the Steelers had narrowed the deficit to 31-29.

The crowd at Heinz Field had enough at that point, and it allowed the Sunday Night Football broadcast to go to commercial at the perfect time. Just as the crowd was in a frenzy yelling “Ref you suck!” the commercials began.

Perhaps the biggest matchup of the 2017 NFL season is in Week 15 when the Steelers will take on the New England Patriots. However, few rivalries bring the intensity like Steelers vs. Ravens.

The players, coaches and fans brought out the intensity on Sunday night.

Baker Mayfield, family celebrated Heisman Trophy with Earth, Wind & Fire dance party in hotel room

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 11:53 PM

Baker Mayfield had plenty to celebrate on Saturday after capturing the sixth Heisman Trophy in Oklahoma Sooners history.

And what better way to celebrate the special occasion than busting out some dance moves to a few classic tunes?

According to the Oklahoman, Mayfield and his family threw a dance party to the tunes of the band Earth, Wind & Fire in his hotel room following the main event.

But according to Mayfield, it was his mother — Gina Mayfield — who stole the show on the dancefloor at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Mayfield joked that his mother “tore it up” as the music blasted.

We’ll never know if the Oklahoma quarterback threw in a Heisman pose or two to the tune of “September” or “Let’s Groove,” but Mayfield had the day of his life in the Big Apple from what he had to share.

Now, of course, the latest Heisman winner can only hope another dance party will come on the night of Jan. 8, 2018 — the day of the National Championship Game in Atlanta, Ga.

Oklahoma will face Georgia in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day with a trip to the biggest game of the year on the line. The Sooners last competed for a national title in January 2009, but lost the BCS National Championship Game to Florida.

For now, Mayfield can do a little celebrating before full preparations for the “Granddaddy of Them All” begin.


The NFL is looking into the handling of Texans QB Tom Savage after scary hit

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 11:19 PM

Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was ruled out of the game against the San Francisco 49ers with a concussion, but the NFL is looking into the handling of that situation.

Midway through the second quarter, Savage took a shot after attempting a pass and his reaction to the blow was frightening. He appeared frozen in place momentarily and his hands began to shake before he finally rolled over onto his stomach.

Savage left the field, but was allowed to return. He did not leave for the locker room until the next series, and he then was ruled out for the rest of the afternoon with a concussion.

NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Stills has already started reviewing the steps taken by everyone involved after Savage was hit, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

This isn’t the first time there have been questions asked about the handling of a player who needs to be checked for a concussion. The Seattle Seahawks have been investigated by the NFL for quarterback Russell Wilson staying in the injury tent for mere seconds before returning to the field after a referee sent him off to the sidelines to be checked for a concussion.

Also, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett finished a game in November against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but afterwards was placed in concussion protocol.

However, what those situations don’t have is a player twitching while on the ground.

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Penn State announces 2017 team awards: Saquon Barkley wins team MVP

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 11:05 PM

The annual banquet honoring Penn State’s football team took place Sunday night and a lot of talented, familiar faces earned awards throughout the evening.

Saquon Barkley, the team’s do-it-all back, won team MVP. Along with Barkley winning the overall MVP award was QB Trace McSorley — winning offensive MVP — and safety Marcus Allen winning defensive MVP.

Barkley finished fourth in the 2017 Heisman Trophy voting and won has already won numerous awards for his season. The junior currently has 1,728 total yards this season — on the ground and as a receiver — with 19 TD. Barkley has also returned two kicks for touchdowns as well, giving him 21 in total.

McSorley, who is the man touching the ball on nearly every offensive play, has thrown for 3,228 yards and 26 TD to 8 INT this season. He has also ran for 431 yards and 11 TD on the ground as well.

Allen, who has led the defensive side of the ball, is a senior who has amassed 64 tackles, 1 INT and 2 passes defended this season. He has forced two fumbles as well.

The full list of the Nittany Lions’ awards can be found here.