The Cincinnati Bengals have a young, unproven offense, and a fan base that had pored over All-22 film breakdowns long enough to demand the team draft an offensive lineman last April to shore up its future. Riding high off a Week 16 win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals figuredContinue Reading

NASHVILLE — In some vocations, being merely average is neither advisable nor tolerated. Like neurosurgery. Or air-traffic control. But in the N.F.L., mediocrity isn’t just welcomed — it’s rewarded. Heading into the penultimate week of the longest N.F.L. season ever, three-quarters of the league remained in postseason contention. That groupContinue Reading