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Speed Option: Bills-Bengals one of NFL’s biggest regular season matchups

Queen City vs. Queen City on Monday Night Football

Cincinnati Bengals v Buffalo Bills Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills are traveling down to southwest Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend in one of the biggest matchups this season. We’ll get to see Josh Allen and Joe Burrow on the same field for the first time in their careers, and with a lot of playoff positioning riding on the results. Watch or read below to get to know the Bengals.

2022 Bengals game results

The defending AFC Champions started the season slow, but they haven’t lost since Week 8, and have seven straight victories. The Bengals already clinched a playoff spot, but haven’t locked up their division yet, and could still be seeded anywhere from first to sixth in AFC playoffs.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Bengals 20 (0-1)
  2. Dallas Cowboys 20, Bengals 17 (0-2)
  3. Bengals 27, New York Jets 12 (1-2)
  4. Bengals 27, Miami Dolphins 15 (2-2)
  5. Baltimore Ravens 19, Bengals 17 (2-3)
  6. Bengals 30, New Orleans Saints 26 (3-3)
  7. Bengals 35, Atlanta Falcons 17 (4-3)
  8. Cleveland Browns 32, Bengals 13 (4-4)
  9. Bengals 42, Carolina Panthers 21 (5-4)
  10. Bye week
  11. Bengals 37, Steelers 30 (6-4)
  12. Bengals 20, Tennessee Titans 16 (7-4)
  13. Bengals 27, Kansas City Chiefs 24 (8-4)
  14. Bengals 23, Browns 10 (9-4)
  15. Bengals 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 (10-4)
  16. Bengals 22, New England Patriots 18 (11-4)
  17. Bills at Bengals
  18. Ravens at Bengals

Bengals head coach: Zac Taylor

Taylor is in his fourth season as head coach of the Bengals — his first NFL head coaching job. He was hired after spending two seasons on the offensive staff of the Los Angeles Rams. He also spent three seasons as the Miami Dolphins’ quarterbacks coach (and interim OC) from 2013 to 2015. He has a 27-36-1 (0.430 W-L%) record in the regular season and a 3-1 playoff record.

Bengals offensive coordinator: Brian Callahan

Taylor hired Callahan to be his offensive coordinator when he took over as the Bengals’ head coach. Prior to that, Callahan was the quarterbacks coach of the Oakland Raiders for one season, and the Detroit Lions for two seasons before that. He is the son of former Raiders head coach Bill Callahan. His offense is ranked sixth in points per game, and seventh in yards per game.

Bengals defensive coordinator: Lou Anarumo

Anarumo is the elder statesman at the top level of the Bengals’ staff. He has been coaching at the college or pro level since 1989, when Taylor and Callahan weren’t even in grade school yet. Anarumo made the jump from college to the NFL in 2012, and had been working as a defensive backs coach until Taylor hired him to run Cincinnati’s defense. His defense is ranked ninth in points per game allowed, and 13th in yards per game allowed.

Bengals offense starters

  • QB: Joe Burrow
  • HB: Joe Mixon
  • WR: Ja’Marr Chase
  • WR: Tee Higgins
  • WR: Tyler Boyd
  • TE: Hayden Hurst ^
  • LT: Jonah Williams
  • LG: Cordell Volson *
  • C: Ted Karras ^
  • RG: Alex Cappa ^
  • RT: Hakeem Adeniji

^ = free agent / trade addition
* = rookie

Bengals defense starters

  • LDE: Sam Hubbard
  • NT: D.J. Reader
  • DT: B.J. Hill
  • RDE: Trey Hendrickson
  • LB: Logan Wilson
  • LB: Germaine Pratt
  • NCB: Mike Hilton
  • CB: Eli Apple
  • CB: Cam Taylor-Britt *
  • S: Vonn Bell
  • S: Jessie Bates III

^ = free agent / trade addition
* = rookie