Browns linebacker Deion Jones celebrates as he gets up after sacking Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow during the second half Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, in Cleveland.

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Bengals, Joe Burrow scheming for first win vs. rival Browns

Cincinnati Bengals star Joe Burrow has defeated the powerhouse Kansas City Chiefs three times over the past 11-plus months, but a different win-loss mark hangs over him this week.

Burrow is 0-4 against Cleveland and the quarterback who defeated Patrick Mahomes again last weekend will try to change that ugly factoid when the Bengals host the Browns on Sunday.

“We haven’t executed up to our ability, so we’re gonna have to execute the game plan to the best of our ability and move the ball, put points on the board and keep their offense off the field,” Burrow said during Wednesday’s press conference on how to end the skid against Cleveland.

Overall, the Bengals (8-4) have lost five straight and eight of the past nine to the Browns (5-7).

On Halloween, it was a one-sided win for host Cleveland. Jacoby Brissett was 17-of-22 passing for 278 yards and one touchdown and Nick Chubb rushed for 101 yards and two scores as the Browns rolled to a 32-13 victory and outgained Cincinnati 440-229.

Burrow completed 25 of 35 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. But he was sacked five times and also threw an interception. He has been sacked just five times in Cincinnati’s four games since losing to the Browns.

The quarterback who guided the Bengals to last season’s Super Bowl before losing to the Los Angeles Rams will see a new face this Sunday. It marks the first time he has matched up against Deshaun Watson.

Watson will be making his second start for the Browns after serving an 11-game suspension from the NFL due to alleged sexual misconduct involving more than two dozen massage therapists.

He was just 12 of 22 for 131 yards with a career-low 53.4 passer rating in last Sunday’s 27-14 win over the Houston Texans. Cleveland didn’t score an offensive touchdown during an outing in which Watson was clearly rusty.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said there is no way of knowing how long it will take for Watson to find his form.

“I don’t know if I can put a timeframe on it,” Stefanski said Wednesday. “He’s working very hard. He’s locked in on the game plan, working hard out at practice. There were things that come up in your first game back that you just have to correct.”

Cleveland tight end David Njoku, who is hopeful of returning from a one-game absence due to knee injury, is eager to see Watson firsthand.

“He’s progressing every day,” said Njoku, who was limited in practice on Wednesday. “That’s all we really ask for him is to progress every day. We’re all excited for his progression.”

The game against the Texans — his former club — was the first in 700 days for Watson. The three-time Pro Bowler passed for an NFL-high 4,823 yards with 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 2020, his final season with Houston.

Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader played three seasons (2017-19) with Watson and hopes there isn’t a quick turnaround.

“Hopefully a couple more weeks,” Reader said of Watson hitting his stride. “I’m always cheering for him. That’s my brother. I went through a lot of battles with that guy, I know where he comes from, I know the cloth he’s cut from, I just want to see him do well, but we are going to get after him on Sunday.”

The Bengals have won four straight games and eight of their past 10 games after an 0-2 start. The Browns have won their past two games and are trying to make a late push for a playoff spot.

Cleveland placed linebacker Sione Takitaki (ACL) and receiver Anthony Schwartz (concussion) on injured reserve on Wednesday.

Three active Browns missed Wednesday’s practice due to injuries — cornerbacks Denzel Ward (ankle, illness) and A.J. Green (knee) and offensive tackle James Hudson (illness).

Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst (calf) has been deemed doubtful to play by coach Zac Taylor. Hurst was injured during the 27-24 win over Kansas City. Running back Joe Mixon (concussion) was a full participant after missing the past two games.

–Field Level Media

Dec 4, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (10) completes catch as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton (21) defends in the first quarter of a Week 13 NFL game at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals outduel Chiefs

Joe Burrow passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Chris Evans caught the go-ahead 8-yard touchdown pass with 8:54 remaining as Burrow outdueled Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes for the third time in 11-plus months. Cincinnati beat Kansas City 34-31 in the regular season last January and notched a 27-24 overtime victory in the AFC Championship Game four weeks later.

Samaje Perine rushed for 106 yards while Tee Higgins also caught a touchdown pass for the Bengals (8-4), who won their fourth straight game and eighth in their past 10. Ja’Marr Chase had seven receptions for 97 yards after missing the previous four games due to a hip injury.

Mahomes was 16-of-27 passing for 223 yards and one touchdown for the Chiefs (9-3), who had a five-game winning streak halted. Travis Kelce had just four receptions for 56 yards and lost a fumble prior to the Bengals’ decisive score.

Isiah Pacheco rushed for a touchdown and Jerick McKinnon had a scoring reception for Kansas City.

Cincinnati has won seven of its past eight games against Kansas City, counting the postseason.

Bengals running back Joe Mixon (concussion) missed his second straight game.

Kansas City opened the second half with a seven-play, 77-yard drive to take the lead for the first time at 17-14. Pacheco ended the excursion with an 8-yard run.

Evan McPherson booted a 36-yarder midway through the quarter to tie the score. But the Chiefs went back ahead at 24-17 on a 3-yard, fourth-down scamper by Mahomes with 3:49 left as the quarterback was ruled to have broken the plane of the goal line with the football before losing it due to a hit from Cam Taylor-Britt.

McPherson tacked on a field goal 13 seconds into the fourth quarter to cut Kansas City’s lead to four.

Kelce was stripped of the football by Cincinnati’s Germaine Pratt on the Chiefs’ next drive and Pratt also recovered it. That set up a 10-play, 53-yard drive in which Burrow hit the wide-open Evans with the 8-yard scoring pass to give the Bengals the 27-24 lead.

Kansas City stalled on its next drive and Harrison Butker’s 55-yard field-goal attempt was wide right with 3:19 to play.

With just under two minutes remaining, Burrow teamed with Higgins for a 14-yard completion on third-and-11 to seal it.

Earlier, Burrow scored the game’s first touchdown on a 4-yard run with 8:49 left in the first quarter. The Chiefs got on the board on Butker’s 26-yard field goal with 3:56 left in the period.

Cincinnati increased its lead to 14-3 on Burrow’s 12-yard scoring pass to Higgins with 13:33 left in the half. McKinnon scored from the 2 as the Chiefs moved within four with 2:23 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (55) celebrates after a play against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs DE Frank Clark (illness) questionable vs. Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was added to the injury report with an illness and is questionable to play in Sunday’s game against the host Cincinnati Bengals.

Clark joins safety Deon Bush (elbow) in being questionable for the Chiefs (9-2).

Wide receiver Kadarius Toney has been ruled out for the game versus the Bengals (7-4) due to a hamstring injury.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Clark has 23 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery in nine games this season.

–Field Level Media

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Bengals take on Chiefs in AFC Championship rematch

The Cincinnati Bengals look to continue their recent domination of the visiting Kansas City Chiefs when the two AFC powerhouse teams meet in Sunday’s showdown.

The Bengals have won six of the past seven meetings between the teams. Of course, they prevailed in the most important clash when they recorded a 27-24 overtime win over the host Chiefs in last season’s AFC Championship game.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes hasn’t forgotten the demoralizing feeling of falling short and watching the Bengals celebrate advancing to the Super Bowl.

“They beat us,” Mahomes told reporters. “I played terrible in the second half. We lost at home (in a game) that could have sent us to the Super Bowl. We’ll be ready to go for sure.”

The Chiefs (9-2) possess the best record in the AFC and have won five straight games entering the rematch.

Cincinnati (7-4) has won three consecutive games and seven of nine following an 0-2 start.

After engineering the Bengals’ run to the Super Bowl last season, quarterback Joe Burrow is intent on posting another win over Kansas City.

“We’re really confident in ourselves,” Burrow said. “We feel like we can beat any team in the league, and we’ve proven that. We’re not going to go out and be scared of anybody.”

Burrow has passed for 3,160 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. Four of the picks came in the season-opening 23-20 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Burrow will have top wideout Ja’Marr Chase (hip) back on the field but the availability of running back Joe Mixon (concussion) might not be known until late in the week. Mixon missed last Sunday’s 20-16 road win over the Tennessee Titans.

Chase has missed the past four games and said Wednesday that he held himself out against the Titans. He told coach Zac Taylor that he wanted to think long term about the injury.

“I told him I didn’t feel too comfortable yet,” Chase said. “I wanted to give myself another week of preparation for the next game if I had a chance to. I just want to get myself the right amount of time. I never really want to rush anything.”

Tee Higgins, who has team highs of 57 catches and 826 receiving yards, has stepped up with Chase out and has recorded back-to-back 100-yard outings.

While the Bengals are tied for the AFC North lead with the Baltimore Ravens, the Chiefs own a three-game lead over the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC West.

Kansas City has posted three double-digit victories during its five-game winning streak and is flying high entering a stretch of three straight road games — the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans follow the game in Cincinnati.

Mahomes is on a roll and has passed for over 300 yards in six straight games, topping 400 in two of them. He leads the NFL with 3,585 yards and 29 touchdowns and has been intercepted eight times.

Stellar tight end Travis Kelce is having another monster season and leads the NFL with 12 touchdown receptions. Kelce has caught 73 passes and is 88 yards away from his seventh consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Kelce was a former college star at Cincinnati. He had 10 receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown in the AFC title game setback.

When asked about last season’s AFC Championship game, Kansas City coach Andy Reid said his team was outplayed by the Bengals.

“They executed well, better than how we did,” Reid said. “We didn’t do very well, so they got us.”

Three Chiefs missed practice Wednesday — receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster (illness) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and running back Jerick McKinnon (hamstring). Defensive back Deon Bush (elbow) was limited.

Chase and Mixon were both limited for the Bengals, as was defensive tackle D.J. Reader (ankle).

–Field Level Media

Jan 30, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (left) and wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (center) and wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) celebrate a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter of the AFC Championship Game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals approach full strength as RB Joe Mixon, WR Ja’Marr Chase hit field

Running back Joe Mixon participated in Wednesday’s practice with the Cincinnati Bengals after being idle last week due to a concussion.

The Bengals (7-4) host the Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) in a rematch of the AFC Championship game won by Cincinnati, 27-24 in overtime. The teams also met in a 34-31 shootout in Cincinnati won by the Bengals in Week 17 last season.

Mixon has 158 carries for 605 yards and six touchdowns this season with 41 receptions for 314 yards and two scores as a receiver.

Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase also continued to progress toward playing in Week 13, which would be his first game since the Bengals’ 35-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 23. After limping off the field, Chase returned to play in the second half, then was shut down until limited practice participation last week.

Mixon also missed the Week 12 win over the Tennessee Titans due to a concussion. Head coach Zac Taylor said Mixon remains in concussion protocol, but the final step was participation in the workout Wednesday.

Chase, 22, has 47 catches, 605 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns over seven games. He led the Bengals in all three categories before his injury, with Tee Higgins since passing him in receptions (57) and yards (826).

Chase made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2021, catching 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in 17 starts.

In the Week 17 matchup with the Chiefs, Chase caught 11 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) breaks away for a touchdown reception in the second quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The Bengals led 28-17 at halftime. 

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Report: Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase to return this week

The streaking Cincinnati Bengals are set to get star wideout Ja’Marr Chase back for their Week 13 game, NFL Network reported Monday.

Chase returned to practice last week but wasn’t quite ready to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. He has missed the past four games.

Chase is working his way back from a hip injury initially sustained in a 30-26 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 16. He then aggravated the injury in the first half of the Bengals’ 35-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 23. After limping off the field, Chase returned to play in the second half but has not played since.

Chase, 22, has 47 catches, 605 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns over seven games. He led the Bengals in all three categories before his injury, with Tee Higgins since passing him in receptions (50) and yards (712).

Chase made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2021, catching 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in 17 starts.

The Bengals (7-4), who have won three in a row to vault into a tie for first in the AFC North, host the Kansas City Chiefs this week.

–Field Level Media

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Bengals stay hot, clip surging Titans 20-16

Tee Higgins caught seven passes for 114 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter to lift the Cincinnati Bengals past the host Tennessee Titans 20-16 on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

Joe Burrow completed 22 of 37 passes for 270 yards for the Bengals (7-4) and Samaje Perine, who started at running back for the injured Joe Mixon, gained 93 yards from scrimmage (58 rushing, 35 passing) with a touchdown.

Bengals receiver Trenton Irwin made a fingertip catch on a low throw on third-and-12, extending a drive early in the fourth quarter. Higgins came down with a 27-yard touchdown catch on the next play to move Cincinnati ahead 20-13 with 13:42 remaining.

The Bengals held the Titans (7-4) to a 38-yard field goal on the ensuing drive before marching 59 yards in 12 plays to chew up most of the clock.

What would have been a Cincinnati field goal with almost two minutes left to play became an automatic first down when Titans defensive tackle Kevin Strong was whistled for a hit on Cincinnati’s long snapper, considered a defenseless player during the snap.

With Tennessee out of timeouts, that allowed the Bengals to kneel three times and drain the rest of the clock. The Bengals won for the fifth time in six games, while Tennessee lost in regulation for the first time since Week 2.

The Titans’ Ryan Tannehill finished 22 of 34 for 291 yards. Derrick Henry was held to 38 rushing yards on 17 carries but did have three receptions for 79 yards.

Tennessee got on the board first with a short drive resulting in Caleb Shudak’s first NFL field goal, from 33 yards out, with 14:06 before halftime. The Bengals responded with Evan McPherson’s 47-yard field goal 2 1/2 minutes later.

On the first play of the ensuing drive, Tannehill completed a short pass to Henry, who found a seam and navigated deep into Cincinnati’s territory. A Bengals defender knocked the ball out around the 5, but it bounced into the end zone and Titans receiver Treylon Burks recovered it for a touchdown for a 10-3 lead.

The Bengals fit in a nine-play, 92-yard touchdown drive before halftime. Perine took a catch and run 32 yards on the first play of the drive. The Bengals converted two third downs to set up Perine’s 7-yard scoring run with 1:55 left.

Shudak missed a 35-yarder wide right in the final seconds of the half. McPherson (38 yards) and Shudak (24) traded field goals in the third quarter to make it 13-13 headed into the fourth.

Bengals receiver Ja’Marr Chase (hip) was inactive and missed his fourth straight game after returning to practice during the week.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) pulls in a catch for a touchdown in the second quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The Bengals led 28-17 at halftime.  Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase (hip) inactive vs. Titans

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was listed as inactive for Sunday’s road game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn.

Chase is working his way back from a hip injury initially sustained in a 30-26 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 16. He then aggravated the injury in the first half of the Bengals’ 35-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 23. After limping off the field, Chase returned to play in the second half but has not played since.

Chase, 22, has 47 catches, 605 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns over seven games. He led the Bengals in all three categories before his injury, with Tee Higgins since passing him in receptions (50) and yards (712).

Chase made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2021, catching 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in 17 starts.

In addition to Chase, the Bengals (6-4) listed running back Joe Mixon, punter Kevin Huber, defensive tackle Josh Tupou, offensive tackle D’Ante Smith, guard Jackson Carman and defensive end Jeff Gunter as inactive.

The Titans (7-3) ruled the following players as inactive: defensive linemen Denico Autry, Larrell Murchison and Naquan Jones; linebacker Joe Schobert; cornerback Terrance Mitchell; kicker Randy Bullock; and center Ben Jones.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) won’t play Sunday

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon will miss Sunday’s game at Tennessee due to a concussion.

Coach Zac Taylor confirmed Friday that Mixon is out, but wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (hip) has had a good week of practice and is questionable.

The Bengals (6-4) have won two straight and four of five entering the Week 12 game against the AFC South-leading Titans (7-3).

Mixon was injured during the second quarter of Sunday’s 37-30 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished with 20 yards on seven carries plus three receptions for 42 yards.

Samaje Perine took over in Mixon’s absence and finished with three receiving touchdowns. Perine, 27, has posted 341 yards from scrimmage and four scores in 10 games this season.

Mixon, 26, has rushed for 605 yards and six touchdowns in 10 starts. He has 41 receptions for 314 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Chase, 22, has missed the Bengals’ last three games. Quarterback Joe Burrow said earlier this week he expects his star receiver to play Sunday in Nashville.

Chase has 47 catches for 605 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns in seven starts this season. He initially hurt his hip in the Week 6 win at New Orleans and aggravated the injury in a Week 7 win against Atlanta.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr. (51) celebrates his interception against the Indianapolis Colts with teammates Kevin Byard (31), Amani Hooker (37), Kristian Fulton (26), Jeffery Simmons (98) and Lonnie Johnson (20)  during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans and Bengals reunite in another important AFC clash

After meeting in the playoffs in January, the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals will try to prove themselves as legitimate AFC contenders again when they square off Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

The Bengals took down the top-seeded Titans 19-16 in last year’s AFC divisional round on their way to reaching the Super Bowl. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill insisted Sunday’s rematch is not about revenge.

“That was last year. Half this team wasn’t even here,” Tannehill said this week. “This is a new team facing another new team. Obviously a game we want to win, but it has nothing to do with last year.”

The Titans (7-3) have won seven of their past eight games and haven’t lost in regulation since Week 2. They’ve been powered by a defense that ranks No. 1 in the NFL since Week 3 in scoring (15.4 ppg allowed), rushing yards (60.4) and third-down conversions (30.1 percent).

They’re also 10th in the league with 30 sacks, led by seven from Denico Autry, 6.5 from Jeffery Simmons and 5.5 from Rashad Weaver. Autry is on pace to surpass his career high of nine sacks, set in 2018 and 2021, but he is unlikely to be available in the short term after he suffered a knee injury in last Thursday’s 27-17 win over the Green Bay Packers.

“He don’t get a lot of respect that he deserves and we’re gonna miss him for the time he’s out,” Simmons said. “But like I said, the thing about Tennessee and the thing since I’ve been here, it’s always been a next-man-up mentality. So I’m excited for all those other guys to get more opportunities.”

Simmons himself was limited Wednesday with an ankle injury. But Tennessee still expects to have the defensive tackle who racked up three of the Titans’ nine sacks of Joe Burrow in January’s playoff loss.

“He impacts everything,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “The point of attack in the run game. He affects the passer in the pass game. He’s got all the traits that you want to see in a great defensive tackle.”

The Bengals (6-4) are still struggling to get their offense fully healthy. This should be the week star receiver Ja’Marr Chase returns from a hip injury, but at the same time running back Joe Mixon has entered concussion protocol.

Chase was back at practice Wednesday as a limited participant, and Burrow said the team expects he’ll be ready to go against Tennessee after he missed three games.

Cincinnati, like Tennessee, has rebounded from an 0-2 start to the year to get back in the thick of the playoff hunt. They outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 37-30 shootout last week, with Burrow throwing for 355 yards and four touchdowns.

Their schedule is only going to get tougher after Tennessee, with dates against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens still to come.

“We know what it’s gonna take down the stretch to get to where we want to get to,” Burrow said. “We have the experience to go and do it. We just got to execute.”

Bengals defensive linemen Trey Hendrickson and Jay Tufele (illness) missed Wednesday’s practice. Halfback Chris Evans (knee), linebacker Joe Machie (knee), safety Dax Hill (shoulder) and defensive tackles DJ Reader (ankle) and Josh Tupou (calf) were limited. Tupou hasn’t played since Week 6.

For the Titans, linebacker Bud Dupree (hip) returned to practice as a full participant. Kicker Randy Bullock (right calf) and cornerback Kristian Fulton (hamstring) sat out Wednesday, while center Ben Jones (concussion) was limited.

Derrick Henry didn’t practice Wednesday for a non-injury-related reason. His 1,010 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns have powered Tennessee’s offense.

–Field Level Media