Bengals News (1/30): Zac Taylor set for huge overtime

Media roundtable: Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes headline AFC Championship
In the AFC’s first title game in the post-Tom Brady era on Sunday (3 p.m. – Cincinnati Local 12), two of Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow and Kansas City Patrick Mahomes’ flame guards attempt to fight their way to the Super Bowl in what promises to be a showpiece championship game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Interviews with Dave Lapham, Evan Washburn, Adam Teicher and Tre Flowers
This is the “I’m Goin’ To Kansas City” edition of the Bengals Booth podcast featuring analysis by Dave Lapham and preview of the game with CBS Sports Evan Washburn. Also, a one-on-one tour with CB Tre Flowers and the “Know the Foe” segment with ESPN NFL Nation reporter Adam Teicher.

Quick hits: Bengals president Mike Brown salutes past and present AFC Championship games
Bengals president Mike Brown, who once shared a marathon negotiating session with AFL founder Lamar Hunt to help approve the NFL merger, can take home the trophy named after Hunt if his team defeats the Hunt’s Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC title game (3 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Zac Taylor in line for big overtime this offseason after guiding Bengals to AFC Championship Game
After entering 2021 with some thinking he was in the hot seat, Zac Taylor has emerged as a legitimate candidate for NFL Coach of the Year, and is very likely to be rewarded with a contract extension this offseason. .

Chiefs vs Bengals: Expert picks, predictions, NFL playoff props, AFC Sunday 2022 Championship schedule
The Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals are set to square off later in the day in the AFC Championship Game, with the winner earning their ticket to Los Angeles for Super Bowl LVI. The Bengals find themselves knocking on the door of a Super Bowl berth after upsetting the No. 1-seeded Titans in the divisional round. Meanwhile, the Chiefs enter their fourth straight conference title game after a matchup for the ages against the Bills was only decided in overtime. Will this AFC Championship match that excitement? We are about to find out.

The Dolphins were willing to give up several first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft for Joe Burrow
According to sources with direct knowledge of the talks, the Dolphins called Cincinnati and attempted to trade for the selection that ended up being LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. The call was quick, and the Bengals brass member who picked up the phone quickly hung up.

New GM can look to Bengals as he looks to dig the Bears out of the hole
New Bears general manager Ryan Poles won’t have to turn on his television on Sunday to find out the value of a quarterback. The Chiefs, his employer for nearly 13 years until the Bears hired him on Tuesday, had never hosted an AFC Championship game until they took over quarterback Patrick Mahomes in 2017. When they open the doors to Arrowhead Stadium, it will mark the fourth straight season the Chiefs have played a home game in an attempt to make it to the Super Bowl.

Brussels sprouts, bad starts and lessons learned – The Bengals’ journey to the AFC title game is one to savor
It was a salad that gave Taylor something to look forward to during downtime, including the Bengals’ franchise-worst 2019 season, which was Taylor’s first as an NFL head coach. It’s been something for Taylor to savor with the team’s improvement. And if Cincinnati can beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game (3 p.m. ET, CBS) and make its first Super Bowl in three decades, that’s a dish that will likely be part of the celebration. .

around the league

Vikings gauge Jim Harbaugh’s interest in opening for head coach, to hold second interview with DeMeco Ryans, Kevin O’Connell
The Vikings plan to conduct second in-person head coaching interviews this week with several candidates, including Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell and 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, while continuing to explore the possibility of hiring Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, sources say.

NFL Championship game picks Sunday: Bengals and Rams advance to Super Bowl LVI
The numbers don’t flatter the Bengals. The Chiefs are favored by a touchdown because they were a better team in a diminished season, and they’re peaking now. The Chiefs are second in offensive EPA and the Bengals are 11th. Patrick Mahomes has entered The Matrix again, and there’s not much reason to believe the Bengals’ defense will be any better at slowing him down than the Bills were.

NFL Playoffs 2021: What to watch for in the Bengals-Chiefs AFC Championship game
The AFC Championship game is the comfort zone for the Kansas City Chiefs, who are in their fourth straight conference title clash and have won the last two. To get to the Super Bowl, the AFC participant must first pass through Arrowhead Stadium, one of the loudest environments in football.

Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell emerges as key candidate for Jaguars head coach
Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell has emerged as a key candidate to be the Jaguars’ next head coach, sources say, with the team hoping to have an in-person interview with him as early as Monday if Los Angeles’ season is up. completed. The Rams face the 49ers today in the NFC Championship Game, and Jacksonville may have to wait to officially speak with O’Connell if his team qualifies for Super Bowl LVI.

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