The Cincinnati Bengals made some big headlines over the weekend by winning a fourth straight game, the latest a primetime win over a would-be contender to stick right in the playoff race.
And outside of the fallout of getting the best of the Buffalo Bills again and what it means in the stacked AFC North, some semi-expected Ja’Marr Chase injury news popped up after that brutal-looking landing on his back during the contest.
Plus, some of the most noteworthy comments from players and coaches before the team really starts prepping for the Houston Texans.
Here’s a look at the must-know Bengals news, notes and quotes for November 7.
Concerning Ja'Marr Chase update -- Bengals Wire
Chase’s words about his back injury register as pretty concerning. It sounds like his status for next weekend’s game could be up in the air, making it the top thing to monitor this week.
Joe Burrow's injury -- Bengals Wire
It doesn’t sound like Burrow’s finger injury — nasty and bloody-looking as it was — will cause him anything but minor discomfort on his throwing hand.
Playoff outlook -- Bengals Wire
After the win over the Bills, the Bengals and every other team in the AFC North were technically in possession of a playoff spot, confirming yet again that it’s the NFL’s best division.
Cam Taylor-Britt flustered Stefon Diggs -- Bengals Wire
Cam Taylor-Britt chased DK Metcalf all over the field recently to great success and mostly did the same thing again on Sunday night against Stefon Diggs, again stressing he’s quickly becoming a reliable No. 1 cornerback.
Burrow on feeding Higgins -- Bengals.com
Burrow said the decision to go at Higgins early and often was premeditated: “I told Tee coming into the game — he was feeling good — so I was going to feed him the ball today, and he came up big for us. He stepped up big for us. He’s going to continue to do that; he always does. I have a lot of faith in that guy.”
Zac Taylor on TEs stepping up -- Bengals.com
The Bengals head coach made sure to praise all of his tight ends: “Not surprising at all, the way Irv prepares. He puts himself in positions to be successful. Days like today aren’t surprising for that. Drew Sample does all the nasty things for us. For him to make that play for a touchdown was special. Tanner Hudson came in and made the plays that came his way the way we were expecting him to.”
Zac Taylor on why his team does so well on primetime -- Bengals.com
Taylor’s plan to build the program with the right guys has paid off during primetime: “The character of the team, these are the stages they want to be on. They don’t shy away from it. That confidence is earned, it’s not anything phony. They’ve worked for this and they trust their teammates to be next to them making those winning plays. The team was ready, the fans were ready for the environment. It was the second biggest crowd in Bengals history. We could feel them — when Buffalo had the ball, they were loud and created some issues for them. That energy certainly fueled us today. I like the stripe sections too, that was pretty cool.”
Cam Taylor-Britt on if Bengals are AFC's top team -- Bengals.com
Straightforward enough from CTB after yet another epic showing for him: “Damn right. Just like that, I’m going to say it every time. We’ve got more games to come and we get to prove ourselves every time.”