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    Week 2 Notes; San Francisco

    Game Preview: 49ers at Bengals | Week 2

    Aaron M. Sprecher/AP Photos
    The Bengals have won three of the last five meetings,including the most recent meeting, 24-14 at San Francisco in 2015.

    Kickoff: 1 p.m. Eastern.

    Television: The game will air on FOX-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WXIX-TV (Ch. 19) in Cincinnati, WGRT-TV (Ch. 45) in Dayton, WDKY-TV (Ch. 56) in Lexington, and WTTE-TV (Ch. 28) in Columbus. Broadcasters are Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analyst) and Shannon Spake (sideline reporter).

    Radio: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). WLW-AM (700) joins the flagship stations in broadcasting the Bengals game initially, but will break away to broadcast the Cincinnati Reds game (at approximately 3:30 p.m. Eastern).

    Sun., Sept. 15 | 1 p.m. ET

    Setting the scene: Cincinnati opens its home schedule on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, as the Zac Taylor-led Bengals make their Paul Brown Stadium debut in regular season play. The Bengals, though, will have to shake off last week’s loss to Seattle, a game in which they dominated the stat sheet but fell by a narrow one-point margin.

    The Bengals’ loss came despite lopsided statistical advantages in several key categories, including total yards (429 to 233), first downs (22 to 12), net passing yards (395 to 161) and time of possession (35:50 to 24:10). But the Seahawks forced three turnovers to the Bengals’ one, and they scored TDs on both red-zone opportunities while Cincinnati managed just two FGs on its three opportunities.

    Despite the disappointing result, Sunday’s game created a healthy dose of optimism after strong performances on both sides of the ball. On offense, QB Andy Dalton notched career-highs in both completions (35) and passing yards (418), en route to a 106.5 passer rating. It was Dalton’s first career 400-yard passing game, and the most passing yards in a season-opener in Bengals history.

    Also garnering praise was third-year WR John Ross, who had his best game as a pro after two seasons of battling injuries and struggling to stay on the field. Ross, who played collegiately at the University of Washington, starred in his homecoming to the Emerald City, logging career-highs in receptions (seven), receiving yards (158) and receiving TDs (two). Ross’ TDs went for 33 yards on a flea-flicker, and 55 yards on a deep ball to put the Bengals on top at halftime.

    On the other side of the ball, the defensive line stole the show. The line held the Seahawks’ powerful rushing attack to just 72 yards, 88 below their NFL-best 160-yard average last season. The Bengals also recorded six tackles for losses on the day, including four sacks. Two of those sacks came from second-year DE Sam Hubbard, who was making his first career start.

    The Bengals’ nine previous head coaches were 4-5 in their home debuts, a mark Taylor will look to even up this weekend. A key factor in doing so will be the availability of injured HB Joe Mixon (ankle) and OT Cordy Glenn (concussion), whose statuses Taylor deemed on Monday as “day-to-day.”

    San Francisco last week won their season-opener at Tampa Bay, 31-17.

    The series: The 49ers lead 11-4, including their close victories in each of the Bengals’ two Super Bowls. The 49ers prevailed 26-21 in Super Bowl XVI at Pontiac, Mich. (1981 season) and won 20-16 in Super Bowl XXIII at Miami (‘88 season). The 49ers hold the highest winning percentage (.733) against the Bengals of any NFL team, but the Bengals have won three of the last five meetings,including the most recent meeting, 24-14 at San Francisco in 2015. The 49ers’ last win came in their most recent trip to Cincinnati, 13-8 in 2011. This weekend’s matchup is just the third visit to Paul Brown Stadium for the 49ers, and it’s only their seventh visit ever to Cincinnati. The series is split 1-1 at PBS, and the 49ers lead the series 4-2 in the Queen City overall.

    Bengals’ defensive turnaround: The Bengals struggled on defense last season, ranking last in the NFL in total defense (413.6 yards per game), last in pass defense (275.9), 29th in rush defense (137.8) and 30th in points allowed (28.4). And although the team hired a new head coach with an offensive background, much attention was paid by the team to improving the defense over the offseason.

    And while the Bengals have played just one game so far this season, it appears the defense is on the right track. After the completion of Week 1 games, the Bengals rank fourth in the NFL in total defense (233.0), fourth in pass defense (161.0), eighth in rush defense (72.0) and 13th in points allowed (21.0). It should also be noted that Seattle, Cincinnati’s Week 1 opponent, led the NFL in rushing offense last season at 160 yards per game.

    The Bengals’ defense forced seven three-and-outs (any time a defense has three or fewer plays with no first downs, excluding kneel-downs) at Seattle, their most in a game since the 2017 season finale at Baltimore, and only the third time with as many three-and-outs since the beginning of the 2015 season.

    The Bengals also outgained the Seahawks by 196 yards (429 to 233), marking only the fourth time in team history Cincinnati lost a game while outgaining an opponent by as many yards, and the first time since the 2010 season (Game 16 vs. Baltimore — 395 to 199 total yards).

    Bengals-49ers connections: 49ers TE Garrett Celek (Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform) is from Cincinnati (La Salle High School) ... Bengals HB Joe Mixon is from Oakley, Calif. (Freedom High School) ... Bengals OT Jonah Williams (Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform) is from Folsom, Calif. (Folsom High School) ... Bengals QB Jeff Driskel (Reserve/Injured) entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2016 ... 49ers DL Nick Bosa played at Ohio State University ... Bengals DT Niles Scott (Reserve/Injured) entered the NFL as a college free agent signee of the 49ers in 2018, and spent time on the team’s practice squad last season ... Bengals S Trayvon Henderson (practice squad) is from Sacramento, Calif. (Grant Union High School) ... Bengals LB Hardy Nickerson (practice squad) is from Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd High School) and played at the University of California, Berkley from 2012-15 ... 49ers LS Colin Holba is from Louisville, Ky., and played at the University of Louisville ... Bengals linebackers coach Tem Lukabu was on the 49ers’ coaching staff from 2016-17 ... Bengals wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell was on the 49ers’ coaching staff in 2016 ... Bengals offensive coordinator attended De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., where he played quarterback during part of the school’s national-record 151-game winning streak ... 49ers director of performance monitoring/strength and conditioning assistant Shea Thompson was an assistant with the Bengals’ strength and conditioning staff from 2016-18 ... 49ers assistant offensive line coach Zach Yenser is from Fort Mitchell, Ky. ... 49ers running backs coach Robert Turner played at Ohio State from 1989-90 ... Bengals strength and conditioning coach Joey Boese coached at Fresno State University from 2012-15 ... Bengals assistant strength and conditioning coach Todd Hunt played defensive end (2012-15) and coached (’16-17) at Fresno State University ... Bengals assistant strength and conditioning coach Garrett Swanson was a punter/kicker at Fresno State University from 2012-15.

    Regular Season Game 2: 49ers at Bengals [PDF]

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    SF DL is better than Seattle’s so the OL has to play better, especially with run blocking.

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    Quick Hits: Green Speaks; Mixon, Eifert Don't Practice; Glenn Still Out

    Geoff HobsonSENIOR WRITER

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    Wide receiver A.J. Green could be back on the rehab field as soon as Thursday and he’s encouraged by his daily efforts running on the zero gravity treadmill.

    Before Wednesday’s practice franchise wide receiver A.J. Green surfaced for the first time in 46 days to talk. As every Cincy school kid knows, that’s when he injured his ankle in the first training camp practice at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

    Green could be back on the rehab field as soon as Thursday and he’s encouraged by his daily efforts running on the zero gravity treadmill. Not only that, the boot is off. But he’s offering no time table on the kick-start to his season, although he can’t help but leer at the Sept. 30 Monday night game in Pittsburgh.

    “I don’t want to do all this work and then get back out there and hurt it again,” Green said. “It’s got to be ready so I can play at a high level.”

    Green, the non-diva receiver, usually stays clear of anything controversial. But he’s adamantly anti-turf field after the monster got him again.

    “It's turf. I hate turf. I feel like turf has always hurt me,” Green said. “I hurt my toe on turf and I hurt my ankle. I never got hurt on grass. So I'm going to stick by that … I hate turf. It's the turf's fault. Everybody needs grass fields … Grass. Just grass. Grass gives. Bluegrass man. I like bluegrass.”

    Yes, Green took notice of his 2011 draft soul mate Julio Jones’ new $23 million per year new deal. He’s in his contract year, but he’ll prefer to keep it about grass and not get in the weeds about a new deal.

    “Stuff is happening. We’re trying to get healthy and make sure I’m fine to where I can go out there and play,” Green said. “But like I said, I really don’t get into it. I let my agent handle all of that other stuff. Everybody knows when they give me 16 games, what you’re going to get. I’m not worried about the contract situation because it’s going to work itself out no matter where I’m at.”

    Week 2 Gallery: Wednesday Practice

    Check out photos of Wednesday's practice as the Bengals prepare for their week two matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

    - Running back Joe Mixon (ankle) is day to day and didn't practice Wednesday. It looked like tight end Tyler Eifert had a vet day off. Left tackle Cordy Glenn (concussion) didn't appear to be at the facility and still appears to be in protocol.

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    I have to say I don't like this matchup for us. Kittle is the best TE in the league and they have a big, athletic D-line. We struggle covering TEs and our O-line is in for a struggle.

    However, if Nick Bosa can't play it makes things a little easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason_NC View Post
    I have to say I don't like this matchup for us. Kittle is the best TE in the league and they have a big, athletic D-line. We struggle covering TEs and our O-line is in for a struggle.
    Expect to hear the name of Shawn Williams all game long. Some good. Some bad.

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    Jay Morrison

    Mixon participating in walk-through

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