A season that started with promise for the Cincinnati Bengals continued its spiral when quarterback Andy Dalton injured his right thumb in a 35-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.Dalton was hurt on his passing hand while trying to recover a shotgun snap that sailed over his head in the third quarter and didn't return. After the injury Ryan Finley Jersey 2019
, Baker Mayfield threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game to give the Browns a 35-7 lead.The Bengals started the season 4-1, but are 1-5 since and have lost their past three games. Backup Jeff Driskel will start next Sunday against the Broncos if Dalton can't play. "I know personally what I've known all along, and that's that I can play at this level and give our team a chance to win," Driskel said.Two other players were hurt for Cincinnati: backup right tackle Jake Fisher, who suffered a back injury, and cornerback Tony McRae, who gave two thumbs up as he was wheeled off the field after a third-quarter concussion.The Chargers‘ high-powered offense suffered a possible setback when running back Melvin Gordon left with a knee injury in the third quarter of Los Angeles‘ blowout victory over Arizona. Gordon came into the game sixth in the league in rushing. Cardinals linebacker Josh Bynes suffered a thumb injury during the second quarter.For the Carolina Panthers, a quadriceps injury to cornerback David Jackson on the first play from scrimmage ended up playing a role in the Seattle Seahawks' comeback win. Jackson did not return, and Russell Wilson exploited the Panthers' secondary on a game-tying touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.Carolina punt returner Damiere Byrd left with an arm injury in the first half and did not return. For Seattle, fullback Tre Madden left in the second half with a shoulder injury.The Ravens lost safety Tony Jefferson to an ankle injury in their victory over the Raiders. Oakland defensive tackle Maurice Hurst left in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury, and defensive end Jacquies Smith left in the first half after hurting an Achilles.New York Giants tight end Evan Engram injured his hamstring in warmups and didn't play against the Eagles Ryan Finley Jersey Mens
, and wide receiver Quadree Henderson left the loss to Philadelphia with a shoulder injury.Buccaneers offensive tackle Demar Dotson left in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers with knee and hamstring injuries and did not return. Tampa Bay also lost cornerback Carlton Davis II to a knee injury in the third quarter. For San Francisco, safety Jimmie Ward suffered a broken forearm in the first quarter and safety D.J. Reed departed in the second half with a heel injury.Cornerback Lafayette Pitts sustained a head injury while covering a punt in the first quarter for the Buffalo Bills in their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags lost left guard Andrew Norwell when he hurt an ankle in the fourth quarter.Broncos cornerback Tramaine Brock hurt his ribs tackling Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster in the third quarter of Denver's victory. In the fourth quarter, tight end Jeff Heuerman left with a back injury and linebacker Shaq Barrett departed with a hip injury.The Miami Dolphins lost receiver Danny Amendola to a right knee injury and center Travis Swanson to an ankle injury in the first quarter of their loss to the Colts. Indianapolis running back Marlon Mack entered the concussion protocol in the fourth quarter.Where do the Bengals rank among the Cincinnati sports scene? The Cincinnati Bengals may be the most beloved team on Cincy Jungle (or at least I’d hope so), but where do the Bengals rank among the major Cincinnati sports franchises?Do they generate the most excitement and buzz? Do they have the greatest track record for success? Do they have the biggest fan following? Let’s examine the competition and ponder how the Bengals stack up ahead of the 2018 NFL season.Cincinnati RedsIt would be difficult to begin any list of the major Cincinnati sports teams without the Reds. They have a rich history as the oldest professional baseball team, having been a fixture in Cincinnati sports for 137 years. During that time, the Reds have collected 10 pennants and won five World Series championships, most recently in 1990. They also won back-to-back titles in 1975 and 1976 during the era known as the “Big Red Machine”. In 1976, the National League All-Star team featured five Reds players among the eight starting position players, with two more on the bench. A whopping 40 players are enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame who donned the Reds jersey as either a player or manager. Names like Barry Larkin, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan Youth Ryan Finley Jersey
, Johnny Bench, Frank Robinson, Ken Griffey Jr, and Frank Robinson all spent many years with the Reds.The Reds have a long history, multiple championships, a litany of great players, and had a run of dominance over a decade. They certainly give the Bengals a good run as the top team in Cincinnati sports. FC CincinnatiIf the Reds are the elder statesman of sports in the Queen City, Futbol Club Cincinnati is the young toddler. But despite their very recent entrance into the area, to say Futbol Club Cincinnati is trending in the right direction would be something of an understatement. Just two years after forming and joining the United Soccer League, FC Cincinnati is getting a new $30 million stadium in Milford and are making the jump to Major League Soccer, which is the top level of US professional soccer. Last season White Ryan Finley Jersey
, the team saw tremendous success in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The competition included 99 professional teams, and eight total rounds, with the championship. FC Cincinnati defeated two MLS teams, advancing all the way to the semi-finals before falling 3-2 to the New York Red Bulls in extra time.The NFL has had recent publicity failings thanks to their denial and mishandling of concussions, and last season’s misplayed positions on the national anthem protests. They have also been losing viewers who would rather cut the cord to cable services than pay excessive monthly bills to watch games. FC Cincinnati popped up at the right time to try to capitalize on this opportunity.University of Cincinnati Bearcats sportsUC is the large state school in the Cincinnati area, and their big sport is basketball. They have been a successful team over the past century, compiling a 1787-1009 record with 24 conference championships in the regular season and 11 conference tournament championships. They have reached the NCAA tournament 32 times, which has resulted in six trips to the final four, and a pair of titles. Yes, the titles were in 1961 and 1962, but a championship is a championship. Their most famous alumni is likely the Big-O Tyler Boyd Jersey White
, Oscar Robertson, who was a three time All American in the late 1950’s.Xavier Musketeers basketballXavier is the private Catholic university in Cincinnati, who are a natural rival for the Bearcats. The Musketeers’ team is not as old as their crosstown rivals, but have seen their share of success. They’ve compiled a 1471-989 mark with 18 regular season championships and 9 conference tournament championships. They have reached the NCAA tournament 28 times, but that’s where their success falls off, as they have reached the final four zero times, with zero titles.Like UC, Xaiver plays much of its season during the same stretch of time that the Bengals are playing their NFL schedule. They are going to pose a head-to-head challenge to the Bengals with much of their seasons overlapping.High school footballI’d be remiss if I didn’t mention high school football. It is very big in Ohio, and Cincinnati is no exception. Cincinnati teams LaSalle, Archbishop Moeller, Winton Woods http://www.thebengalslockerroom.com/authentic-joe-mixon-jersey
, Anderson, Colerain, Elder have all won a state title since the turn of the century, while St. Xavier has won three of them over that same span. Those who live outside Ohio may not realize how big high school football is in some areas of the state, and Cincinnati is certainly one of them. You wouldn’t have to look too hard to find a local St X alum or Elder alum who would easily pick watching his high school team over the Bengals, if he had to pick.