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5-8, 4th in AFC North

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals won't have a winning season this year, despite improved play against the Chargers. They fall to 5-8 after losing 26-21. A lot of things didn't go their way, including an overturned Jeff Driskel touchdown, key penalties, and a lack of converting two-point plays. Their improved play came too little, too late this year.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Injured inactives are Cordy Glenn, Dre Kirkpatrick, Tony Mcrae and Vontaze Burfict. Cedric Ogbuehi, Josh Malone and Kasim Edebali are healthy scratches, so Auden Tate is active.

Woodson: Chargers playing too well for Bengals (0:55)
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Jeff Driskel's first NFL start a mixed bag

Jeff Driskel didn't play poorly in his first NFL start, but he didn't win either, and he'll be without top receiver A.J. Green moving forward.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

When the Bengals came into camp, the group of wide receivers had Brandon LaFell and A.J Green as their leaders. LaFell was released and Green is on IR. Now third-year WR Alex Erickson is the oldest player in the room. "I look at it as a jump into the future," said John Ross. "It's something we're all going to find out if we can handle. It's a test for all the young guys right now to see and show that we belong and can handle anything that's thrown our way."

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals' WR John Ross was very thoughtful when discussing how his second year has been going. Ross said he is in a much better place this year after a disappointing rookie season. "I had one catch last year. So when I got my first catch this year, I was already happier than I was last year. Am I having the season that I pictured in camp? No. But that's something I can't control," he said. "If I could throw myself 1,000 balls a game, I would. I think that goes for everyone. But that's not how our league works. That's not how games go. There are a lot of things I have to work on and continue to get better at, and it'll definitely come. But it's a team thing. We've all got a lot of things we're working on. ... I'm still finding my way, and I'm fitting in and doing what I can each and every week.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Vontaze Burfict, Cordy Glenn, Dre Kirkpatrick and Tony McCrae did not participate in practice. The injury wheel continues to turn. Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson, Josh Malone and Joe Mixon were limited.

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Source: Bengals to lose WR Green 3-4 months

Bengals receiver A.J. Green needs toe surgery from an injury suffered Monday night and will miss three to four months, a source says.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis laughed when he was asked if he had been given any assurances by the front office that he would be here for the rest of the season with the team slumping. “No. I wouldn't expect any or ask for any," he said. “Least of my worries.” When asked if he wanted to be coaching next season, he said: “My job is to coach the football team.”

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals drop to 5-7 after losing 24-10 to the Broncos, and a once promising season has spiraled out of control. Everything has gone wrong for the Bengals, from injuries, to awful defensive play, to an offense that seems to just be completely stale. While new quarterback Jeff Driskel did some good things, it's clear this offense just doesn't have what it takes anymore to carry the team like it did early in the season.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals are 10-2 ATS with eight outright wins in their past 12 games as a home underdog. They are 4.5-point home 'dogs against Denver today.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals inactives: WR Auden Tate, CB Tony McRae (concussion), LB Brandon Bell, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, OT Cordy Glenn (back), WR Josh Malone (hamstring) and DE Kasim Edebali. Bengals have to shuffle their offensive line due to Glenn's injury, moving LG Clint Boling to LT and Trey Hopkins to Boling's spot. They clearly don't trust former first rounder Ogbuehi at all.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

It looks like the Bengals will get A.J. Green and Nick Vigil back today, along with Dre Kirkpatrick. None have a status on the injury report, meaning they are good to go. LT Cordy Glenn is doubtful, meaning either Cedric Ogbuehi, Andre Smith or Clint Boling will likely play LT.

Team Stats

Passing Yards229.9
Rushing Yards98.8
Points For23.6
Points Against30.5