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CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis shut down the question immediately Color Rush N'Keal Harry Jersey , making it clear he won’t be talking about the latest addition to his staff — one who’s in an unusual position to influence the next game.Only last month, Hue Jackson was Cleveland’s head coach, intimately involved in the Browns‘ game planning. Now he’s on the Bengals sideline with Lewis, trying to beat the Browns — a sensitive subject that the head coach is trying to put off limits.“I think I’ve answered enough Hue questions, OK?” Lewis said Wednesday with an edge to his tone. “We’re done. We’re over.”Oh, no. The intrigue is just getting started.The Bengals (5-5) desperately need to beat the Browns (3-6-1) at Paul Brown Stadium to remain relevant in the playoff chase. They’ve lost four of five , fired their defensive coordinator and installed Lewis as leader of a historically bad unit.As part of the shuffle, he brought back a close friend at an opportune time.Jackson was fired by the Browns on Oct. 29 after winning only three games in three seasons. Lewis brought him back to Cincinnati for the third time , creating a role of special assistant. Jackson helps develop the weekly game plan on defense and provides tips on the sideline during games.His input will be especially useful this week. Jackson knows the Browns’ tendencies and the players’ strengths and weaknesses.“That was very unique,” defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. “He knows the players, he knows the staff. They just got a new (offensive coordinator), so they’re probably calling things differently than when (Jackson) left. So you have your advantages there.”It’s not unusual for a team to pick up a player who was released by an upcoming opponent, but it’s highly unusual to get the other team’s former head coach.One more unique feature to this intrastate matchup: Both head coaches will be calling the defensive plays. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was elevated to interim coach after Jackson was fired. Lewis took over the defensive coordinator duties after Teryl Austin was fired on Nov. 12.“It brings a smile to my face,” Williams said Wednesday during a conference call. “It’s kind of unique.”It’s challenging to analyze what the opposing offense is doing and adjust defensively while also running the overall game. That’s where Jackson’s presence could be especially helpful on Sunday.The Browns are coming off a bye week that gave them a chance to add a few things that Jackson won’t anticipate.“He’s not there (in Cleveland) anymore New England Patriots Jersey 2019 , so they could have changed a lot of those things,” Dunlap said. “So you don’t want to get caught guessing. But it’s good to know what they like to do and what they’re built and set up for, so it’s great to have that understanding.”Jackson jogged off the practice field on Wednesday and declined to stop and talk about his reunion with Cleveland, referring questions to the closed-lipped Lewis.A.J. GETTING CLOSERReceiver A.J. Green could return against Cleveland. He’s missed the past two games with an injured toe on his right foot, and the offense struggled in losses to the Saints and Ravens . Green didn’t practice Wednesday, but Lewis said he will work out the rest of the week, aiming to be ready by Sunday.Left tackle Cordy Glenn (back) and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder) also missed practice. Defensive end Michael Johnson (calf) and safety Shawn Williams (hamstring) were limited.BROWN’S DISAPPOINTMENTThe Bengals figured they’d upgraded their linebacker group when they signed durable Preston Brown from Buffalo in the offseason. He was limited by a right ankle injury that he suffered the first game, and he injured his right knee during a 51-14 loss to the Saints. The Bengals put him on injured reserve Tuesday and signed defensive end/linebacker Kasim Edebali, a college free agent who has played with the Saints, Broncos, Lions and Rams. Lewis said Brown might have surgery on his ankle now that he can’t return this season. The Green Bay Packers bounced back from a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers by beating the New York Giants 31-13 on Sunday.The victory lacked a lot of style points, but the Packers returned to form in improving to 9-3.Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a big day with four touchdown passes. Without a running game to lean on, Rodgers took things into his own hands. He made a couple of big completions under heavy pressure, alertly caught the Giants with 12 men on the field to throw his third touchdown pass and wriggled out of a sack for his fourth touchdown.“There were a number of other plays in that game where you’re just like N'Keal Harry New England Patriots Jersey , ‘Wow,’” coach Matt LaFleur said on Monday. “But that’s the standard that he’s set because he’s done it so many times.”The passing game wasn’t wholly dependent on Davante Adams, though he did lead the team with six receptions and two touchdowns. The first touchdown was set up by a 43-yard completion to Allen Lazard and the second touchdown came on a 37-yard touchdown to Lazard.The Packers badly need someone to emerge and Lazard, who started the season on the practice squad but finished the day with three catches for a career-high 103 yards, could be that guy.“He’s really taking advantage of his opportunities,” LaFleur said. “He not only did it on offense but he did it on special teams. Matter of fact, we had two offensive players of the week in Aaron Rodgers and Allen Lazard. And then Allen also was our special teams player of the week. I think that’s a great message to everybody in that locker room.”Turnovers and production on third down, two problems against the 49ers, were no problem at all against the Giants.WHAT’S WORKINGBall security has been a hallmark of the Packers throughout Rodgers’ tenure as quarterback. From 2008 through Sunday, the Packers are plus-104 in turnovers. That’s the second-best mark in the league — far behind New England’s plus-151 but far ahead of Seattle’s third-ranked plus-67.On Sunday, behind interceptions from cornerbacks Kevin King and Tramon Williams and safety Darnell Savage, the Packers won the turnover battle 3-0. Green Bay is plus-11 on the season, tied with Pittsburgh and New Orleans for the second-best mark in the league behind New England’s plus-18. Green Bay is 8-0 when it wins the turnover battle and 1-2 when it doesn’t.WHAT’S NOT WORKINGThe Packers continue to struggle against opposing tight ends. Over the previous five games, Green Bay gave up an average of 100 receiving yards to the opponents’ No. 1 tight ends. New York was without its top two tight ends Cheap N'Keal Harry Jersey , leading receiver Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison, but rookie Kaden Smith caught six passes for 70 yards. Smith entered the game with six catches for 18 yards.STOCK UPOne day before his 36th birthday, Rodgers threw four touchdown passes with zero interceptions against the Giants. He has 23 such games in his career, tied with Brett Favre for fourth most in NFL history behind Peyton Manning (35 games), Drew Brees (34) and Tom Brady (29). The performance stood in stark contrast to the loss at San Francisco, where he was 20 of 33 passing for just 104 yards with one touchdown and one fumble that put the Packers into an early hole.STOCK DOWNThrough 12 games, Green Bay has minus-8 yards on punt returns. Tremon Smith gave the Packers their longest return of the season in the first quarter, a 3-yarder that ended with his fumble going out of bounds. On Monday, the Packers released him.INJUREDVeteran right tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered a knee sprain during the first quarter at San Francisco. He was not expected to be in the lineup on Sunday but played every snap and had a key role in holding the Giants without a sack.“I told him how proud I am of him after the game,” Rodgers said. “I think it sets a great example about the difference between being hurt and being injured. For Bryan to push through the pain and to play, that’s why he’s a leader of our football team and he has the respect of the guys. Not many people probably after the injury last week thought he was going to be available this week and who knows (how many) weeks after that. I think he’s just stubborn enough to want to get back out there every week.”KEY NUMBERS53.8%: Green Bay’s third-down conversion rate against the Giants, having converted 7 of 13. In the loss to San Francisco, Green Bay failed on its first 14 third-down attempts before moving the chains once in the final minute.NEXT STEPSGreen Bay returns home to face Washington (3-9) and Chicago (6-6). Both teams have had disappointing seasons but have won two in a row. A Week 16 showdown at Minnesota could decide the NFC North.


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