The Cincinnati Bengals let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers against one NFC East team this past weekend. The Bengals would like to prevent the same from happening again on Thursday when they visit the struggling Philadelphia Eagles. Cincinnati's bid to record its fifth straight victory and eighth overall was thwarted by Dallas on the final play. As a result, the Bengals remained two games shy of AFC North-leading Baltimore and a tiebreaker behind Pittsburgh for the final playoff berth in the conference.
Postseason discussion has long been tabled in Philadelphia, which snapped an eight-game losing skid with a 23-21 triumph over Tampa Bay this past weekend. Nick Foles gave the Eagles some confidence for the future by throwing for a rookie franchise-best 381 yards. The third-round pick also engineered the game-winning drive, which was capped by his 1-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin.
TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network. LINE: Bengals -3, O/U 45.5
ABOUT THE BENGALS (7-6): Cincinnati stud WR A.J. Green had a pair of inexplicable drops en route to being held out of the end zone for the third time in as many games on Sunday. Prior to this drought, Green had scored in nine straight contests. The Bengals can't afford to dwell on Sunday's loss or look beyond the Eagles, although a visit to Pittsburgh (Dec. 23) and a home game versus Baltimore (Dec. 30) could go a long way in deciding if they make the playoffs.
ABOUT THE EAGLES (4-9): Maclin is clearly impressed with Foles, who has just four starts under his belt. "You guys are seeing Nick Foles grow into a phenomenal quarterback right in front of your eyes," Maclin said. "I think the sky is the limit for him." Foles hasn't thrown an interception in the last 14 quarters, although the aggressive Bengals defense could pressure him into mistakes. Cincinnati leads the league with 42 sacks.
1. Although Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis failed to notch his fourth consecutive 100-yard game, he sits just 26 shy of his second straight 1,000-yard season.
2. Philadelphia TE Clay Harbor, who reeled in the first of two touchdown passes by Foles, will likely start on Thursday in place of the concussed Brent Celek.
3. The teams played to a 13-13 tie in their last encounter on Nov. 16, 2008. The game is likely best remembered for then-Eagles QB Donovan McNabb admitting that he didn't know an NFL contest could end in a tie.
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Key Players to Watch
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- AchillesI-R | I-R
Brooks is expected to miss the entire 2020 season while on the active PUP list due to a torn left Achilles tendon.
- PectoralMid Oct | out
Waynes is battling a pectoral injury and is projected to miss two months.
- PersonalOut indefinitely | out
Ross has left the team for an undetermined length of time, and the team has put him on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list in order to take care of his child who has contracted the COVID-19 virus.
- HipOut indefinitely | I-R
Wren has wound up on the active Non-Football Injury list while healing from a previous hip injury. There is no timetable for return.
- BicepOut indefinitely | I-R
Redmond has been designated for the active Non-Football Injury list while recuperating from a torn biceps that ended his 2019 season. It is uncertain how long he will be debilitated.
- PersonalI-R | I-R
Tupou has been added to the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after informing the team that he will sit out the entire 2020 season.
- PersonalI-R | I-R
Prince is on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as he has elected to sit out the entire 2020 season.