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CINCINNATI (AP) — Six straight losses Deshaun Davis Jersey Mens , starting with a pregame scuffle and an epic playoff meltdown.Blown lead after blown lead.Losing their cool and games, too.There’s a common thread to the Bengals‘ most intense rivalry, one that’s been one-sided the past three seasons.No matter what happened, the Steelers always won.The Bengals (4-1) lead the AFC North heading into the renewal of their acrimonious rivalry Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. They have a chance to create separation from the Steelers (2-2-1). A loss would extend their streak of futility, leave the division wide open, and reinforced the notion that the Bengals can’t get away from their history.Not that they even care to talk about it.“The history doesn’t matter because the history hasn’t been in our favor,” defensive end Carlos Dunlap said Wednesday.That’s an understatement. The rivalry isn’t history as much as a horror story for Cincinnati, strewn with incredible comebacks — all by the Steelers — and ugly moments that made even players wonder if it was getting out of hand.The story has different plot twists, but always the same ending.“It seems like the Bengals, every time they play them they have the game won and something slips, something happens Youth Deshaun Davis Jersey , and everything just goes to whatever-you-want-to-call-it,” linebacker Preston Brown said.It’s not only lately, either. The Steelers have won nine of 10 and 14 of 17 in the series. The Bengals are 8-24 against the Steelers under coach Marvin Lewis, including 2-15 at Paul Brown Stadium with a pair of playoff losses seared into franchise history.During the 2005 season, Carson Palmer’s left knee was torn on his first pass by Kimo von Oelhoffen’s hit, and Pittsburgh won 31-17. Ten years later, the Steelers came to town twice and the rivalry took an ugly turn.Players had nasty social media exchanges leading to their game on Dec. 13, 2015, and several got into a scrum at midfield during warmups . Andy Dalton broke the thumb on his passing hand while making a tackle after an interception. The Steelers went on to win 33-20, starting the streak of six straight Pittsburgh victories.They returned for the first round of the playoffs, and AJ McCarron had the Bengals in position to finish off their first postseason victory in a quarter of a century. Jeremy Hill fumbled White Deshaun Davis Jersey , Vontaze Burfict hit Antonio Brown in the head on an incompletion, Adam “Pacman” Jones bumped an official, and the Steelers took advantage of the meltdown for an 18-16 win on Chris Boswell’s 35-yard field goal with 14 seconds left.“The one that everybody remembers,” Brown called it. “I’m not going to talk about it. I’m not going to say nothing about it. We all know the playoff game and what happened.”The Steelers swept the series in 2016, including a 24-20 win at Paul Brown Stadium that eliminated the Bengals from playoff contention and ended their streak of five straight postseason appearances. The Bengals blew a 17-3 lead and gained only 38 yards in the second half.Last year, the Bengals managed only 19 yards in the second half of a 29-14 loss at Heinz Field. The Steelers also won the rematch 23-20 at Paul Brown Stadium on a Monday night game that included the Bengals blowing a 17-0 lead and players getting flagged for egregious hits. Boswell’s 38-yard field goal on the final play completed another big Steelers comeback.In the aftermath, JuJu Smith-Schuster got a one-game suspension for decking Burfict and then standing over him. Bengals safety George Iloka got a one-game suspension that was later reduced to a $36,464.50 fine for hitting Brown in the head.There were four penalties for unnecessary roughness, one for unsportsmanlike conduct, one for taunting, one for roughing the passer and two 15-yard penalties for grabbing the facemask. Cincinnati set a club record with 173 yards in penalties.Pittsburgh’s Ryan Shazier was hurt in that game as well Tyler Boyd Jersey , suffering a spinal injury while making a tackle.And now, they’re getting back together again.“We’ve seen the past, what’s happened in the past,” Dunlap said, “but the past is the past now.”NO GIORunning back Giovani Bernard worked out on a side field wearing a knee brace Wednesday. He sat out a 27-17 win over Miami on Sunday with the knee injury. Receiver John Ross had a limited practice after sitting out a win over the Dolphins with a groin injury. Guard Clint Boling (hip) and tight end Tyler Kroft (foot) also were held out of practice.MORE MOVESThe Bengals signed tight end Matt Lengel off Houston’s practice squad and added safety Demetrious Cox to the practice squad. CINCINNATI (AP)An offense featuring Andy Dalton and A.J. Green can barely get a first down these days, leaving the Bengals on track to finish as worst in the NFL. Nobody knows how to get more out of it in the final two games. The Bengals (5-9) managed only one first down and 42 total yards in the first half of a 34-7 loss at Minnesota on Sunday. Dalton’s interception was returned for a touchdown as the Vikings surged ahead 24-0. It wasn’t an anomaly. Since pulling ahead of the Steelers 17-0 in a Monday night game that turned into a 23-20 loss , Cincinnati’s offense has evaporated. The Bengals have managed only two touchdowns and a field goal in the past 10 quarters, unable to string first downs together let alone score points. ”I think it’s disappointing that 14 days ago, we were 17-0 in the first half against the division champs, had a heck of a momentum going, felt good running and throwing Cheap Kevin Huber Jersey , and in that 14 days now have really turned out two poor performances,” offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said. Things could get worse Sunday when they host the Lions (8-6) , who are still in contention for a NFC wild-card playoff spot. Right tackle Andre Smith went on injured reserve Wednesday with a bad knee suffered in the loss to the Vikings. Left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi also left that game with a shoulder injury and missed practice on Wednesday. The Bengals rank last in the league on offense. They’ve finished last only once, in 2008. They rank last in rushing at 77 yards per game, which would smash the previous club record of 89.9 yards per game in 1995. ”You don’t want to be last at anything,” Dalton said Wednesday. ”We’ve got to get better.” The passing game has crumbled in the past 10 quarters as well. Dalton is 30 of 64 for 315 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions over that span. Green has had 20 passes thrown his way, but he has only seven catches for 94 yards and no touchdowns. The overriding question is how much focus the Bengals will bring to the last two weeks with their playoff hopes crushed, their roster depleted and their head coach expected to leave after the season. Marvin Lewis is in the final year of his deal and is denying reports that he’s decided not to return. ”Complacency can set in, but that’s what you have to fight at this point,” Dalton said ”We still have two games left, there’s still competition out there Darqueze Dennard Jersey , and you want to win every time you’re out there.” STILL DEPLETED Linebackers Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and Nick Vigil (ankle) also were held out of practice. Burfict has missed the past two games. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick practiced on a limited basis after missing the past two games with a concussion. Safety George Iloka (shoulder) and cornerback Darqueze Dennard (knee) also were limited. MIXON BACK Running back Joe Mixon fully practiced on Wednesday, an indication he will play against the Lions. He missed the past two games with a concussion. NEWCOMERS The Bengals signed offensive tackle Justin Murray off the Saints practice squad, filling Smith’s roster spot. He signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent last year, spent the season on the Broncos practice squad, and was waived in the final cuts this year. He’s been on the Buccaneers and Saints practice squads this season. Linebacker Connor Harris was signed to the practice squad. —
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