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0-2, 3rd in AFC North

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap didn't want to compare Sunday's historically bad defensive showing to last year's historically bad unit. Even though the Bengals allowed 572 yards in the 41-17 loss to the 49ers, the fifth-most in franchise history, Dunlap didn't want to lump the performance in with last year's woes. "This is an isolated incident," Dunlap said. "This is not a snowball effect…. There's no whiff of last year. We know who we are this year. We worked too hard to change this culture and create a new identity for ourselves."

Dalton: 49ers 'hit us in the mouth' today (0:38)

Garoppolo throws 3 TDs, 49ers roll over Bengals 41-17

Jimmy Garoppolo tied his career high with three touchdown passes Sunday, and the San Francisco 49ers completed a sweet and satisfying week in the Buckeye State with a 41-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that left them unbeaten for the long...

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

After a strong defensive showing in the opener, the Bengals are struggling today against San Francisco. The 49ers moved the ball effectively in the first half and are ahead 24-10. The visitors are averaging 8.8 yards per play, which doubles Cincinnati's 4.4 YPP. The difference in the game is on the ground. San Francisco appears to be winning at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The 49ers are outrushing the Bengals 94 to 20.

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals inactives against San Francisco: QB Jake Dolegala, WR Pharoh Cooper, WR A.J. Green, RB Trayveon Williams, OT Cordy Glenn, DE Andrew Brown, DT Renell Wren.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Bengals RB Joe Mixon, listed as questionable for Sunday with a sprained ankle, is planning to play vs. the 49ers, but wants to test the injury in pregame warmups just to make sure first, per source. But going in, Mixon plans to play.

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals running Joe Mixon is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, according to the injury report issued Friday. After he missed the previous practices during the week, Mixon was a limited participant on Friday. Coach Zac Taylor said Mixon has responded well to the ankle injury he suffered in the season opener at Seattle, which is a good sign for Mixon's availability this weekend.

Ninkovich: Dalton will lead Bengals to win over 49ers (0:34)

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The Bengals waived former back-up quartertback Jeff Driskel, the team announced Wednesday. Driskel, who started the year on the injured reserve list, was given an injury settlement. Driskel was the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart in 2018 and started the final five games after Andy Dalton went down with a thumb injury. In April, Cincinnati used a fourth-round pick on North Carolina State's Ryan Finley. Finley played well in preseason games and quickly took the spot behind Dalton. Driskel did some special teams and receivers work before he suffered a hamstring injury.

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Bengals' Green out of boot; no timeline for return

Bengals WR A.J. Green, who had preseason ankle surgery, said his range of motion is limited but he's feeling good after leg workouts. "Everything's going in a great direction," said Green, who wouldn't give a timetable for his return.

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The Bengals have waived former third-round pick Jordan Willis, the team announced Tuesday. Willis, a 2017 draftee, was one of 11 defensive linemen who made the team's inital 53-man roster. The defensive end was inactive for the Bengals' 21-20 loss to Seattle in the season opener. The Bengals added veteran linebacker LaRoy Reynolds to replace Willis' roster spot. The 28-year-old played in 16 games for the Eagles last season. He was with the 49ers during training camp but didn't make the team's 53-man roster. Reynolds' addition gives Cincinnati some additional depth at linebacker. Before Tuesday's moves, the Bengals had 11 defensive linemen but only four linebackers. Correction: This post initially said Willis played special teams against Seattle. He was one of the team's seven inactive players.

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

Some notes/observations from the Bengals' Week One snap count: -- After a lot of shuffling in the preseason, Cincinnati used the same five linemen for all 77 offensive snaps. Back-up center Billy Price had five snaps on special teams while reserve guard John Jerry was the only active player who didn't play besides back-up quarterback Ryan Finley. -- The Bengals didn't need three linebackers often against the Seahawks. Rookie Germaine Pratt ended up getting the third-most snaps of any linebacker with a grand total of three (six percent). Pratt saw heavy action on special teams. -- The tight end splits were interesting. C.J. Uzomah was on the field for 54 snaps, while Tyler Eifert had 38. Per NFL Next Gen, the Bengals used two tight ends on nearly a quarter of their total plays.

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Cincinnati finished with only 34 rushing yards in its 21-20 loss to Seattle. But based on the way Seattle schemed its defense, the Bengals had to go through the air to move the ball effectively. Seattle lined up in a 4-3 defensive formation for 71.4 percent of its snaps. In a staggering contrast, Cincinnati used the three-linebacker package only 16.3 percent of the time. Since the Seahawks were determined to stop the Bengals on the ground, Cincy QB Andy Dalton dropped back on 56 of the team's 70 plays. "When a team has chosen to take your run game out of the picture, then that is the reality," Bengals coach Zac Taylor said.

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Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said he doesn't have an update on RB Joe Mixon. Mixon left the game in the second half with a left ankle injury and did not return. Mixon was on the sideline for the remainder while Giovani Bernard took over.

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

SEATTLE — It's halftime at CenturyLink Field and Cincinnati is up 17-14 on the Seattle Seahawks on opening weekend. After a solid defensive showing for most of the first half, the Bengals had a couple of key lapses that led to a Seattle scoring drive in the final minute. But Cincinnati responded with a touchdown of its own with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to John Ross. Ross' second touchdown of the game came one play after a pretty awful drop that would have resulted in a big gain, if not a score. Cincinnati will need to keep Seattle from getting into an offensive rhythm if it wants to pick up the Week One upset. The Bengals will need the defensive line to keep putting pressure on Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, which is why the Seahawks sputtered early in the first half.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

John Ross has 25.8 PPR fantasy points and seven targets at the half. His previous single-game best for PPR fantasy points was 13.2 (2018 Week 4), and the seven targets match his totals from 2018 Weeks 3, 11 and 12.

Ben Baby ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals inactives for today: QB Jake Dolegala, WR A.J. Green, WR Auden Tate, RB Trayveon Williams, DE Jordan Willis, OT Cordy Glenn, DE Andrew Brown

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Team Stats

Passing Yards343.02nd
Rushing Yards29.532nd
Points For18.5Tied-21st
Points Against31.028th