CINCINNATI (AP) — The previous time the Bengals tried to stop Baker Mayfield Rodney Anderson Jersey Womens , he set a Browns rookie record with four touchdown passes in little more than half a game. He also gave a cold shoulder to his former head coach while leaving the field.The Bengals are looking for anything positive at the end of another bad season. Containing Mayfield on Sunday would qualify.Cincinnati (6-8) has been eliminated from playoff contention for the third season in a row. It’s the intrastate rival Browns (6-7-1) who are barely still in contention with two games left, emerging from their historically bad run of losses as their rookie quarterback grows up a little more each week — and builds a reputation, too.Asked what Mayfield does best, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick had an immediate answer.“Talk,” Kirkpatrick said Wednesday.“Naw, he’s cool,” the cornerback added. “I like to see that out of young guys. He definitely gets in guys’ heads. That’s what this game is about.”He sure got into the Bengals’ heads on Nov. 25.Mayfield led the Browns to touchdowns on their first four chances, including a 96-yard drive. He was barely touched while going 17 of 22 for 245 yards in the first half, when the Browns piled up 296 yards.Up 35-7 early in the second half, the Browns essentially ran out the clock. Mayfield threw only four passes in the second half, one of them for a touchdown, as Cleveland finished off a 35-20 win .It was the Bengals’ second game since coach Marvin Lewis fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and assumed the role. The defense has been better lately against lesser opponents. The Bengals ended a five-game losing streak Sunday with a 30-16 win over the Raiders , who were missing both starting guards.The defense finally looked more like Lewis had hoped.“It hasn’t been easy,” said rookie defensive end Sam Hubbard Rodney Anderson Cincinnati Bengals Jersey , who had two sacks on Sunday. “We’ve been trying to address a lot of issues in practice.”It’s difficult to quantify how much of an effect Hue Jackson’s had on the defense. The Browns fired him as head coach after Cleveland got only two wins in the first eight games. Lewis quickly hired his close friend as a special assistant on defense, Jackson’s third stint on Lewis’ staff.Jackson helps create the defensive game plan and is on the sideline during games, offering Lewis advice when needed. He also talks to players on the sideline about adjustments that need to be made.Jackson will be a focal point on the sideline Sunday in Cleveland, where he won only three games in two-plus seasons. He’s kept a low profile in Cincinnati not only with the media but also with players, trying to be careful not to infringe upon the other assistant coaches’ areas.He was in the spotlight when the Browns visited last month. Safety Damarious Randall intercepted a pass by the Bengals sideline and handed the ball to Jackson , who patted him on the helmet. After the game, Jackson sought out Mayfield, but the rookie didn’t want to talk.Jackson’s decision to join an AFC North rival and plot to beat the Browns didn’t go over well with some of his former players. His current ones don’t want to get into it.“I don’t care about that,” Kirkpatrick said. “He was their coach. Their might have been something personal. I don’t know. I’m not going to get into it.“You’ll have to ask Hue.”Jackson? He’s not talking.BOYD SIDELINEDReceiver Tyler Boyd topped 1,000 yards in the win over the Raiders, but hurt his right knee late in the first half and didn’t return. He was held out of practice Wednesday, an indication he’s unlikely to play in Cleveland. Linebacker Jordan Evans (ankle) also missed practice.BURFICT RETURNSLinebacker Vontaze Burfict returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the past two games with a concussion. Right tackle Cordy Glenn (back), running back Joe Mixon (wrist) and receiver John Ross (knee) also were limited. Entering the season, no position group for the Bengals was given more attention than the offensive line. The anticipated transition from former offensive line coach Paul Alexander to Frank Pollack along with four new Week 1 starters have yielded a unit that has played fairly well through eight weeks Rodney Anderson Jersey 2019 , which is a lot more than what we can say about last year’s line.On the other side of the ball, the Bengals’ defensive line was touted as the undeniable source of strength on the entire team. And despite the defense ranking in the bottom of the barrel for notable metrics, their studs have produced and their new additions have shown flashes. As a part of our midseason awards series, we’re putting the trench players in the spotlight and recognizing the best lineman through the first half of the Bengals season. The nominees are:Honorable mentions:Clint Boling: After wholesale changes on the offensive line, the Bengals’ best blocker has still been their left guard. Boling has been a staple of consistency amidst the turmoil the offensive line has undergone over the past two years, and that consistency has been just as prevalent this season. In year eight, Boling’s level of play has aged like a fine wine.This season may not be Boling’s best, as he has been beaten in pass protection at a slightly greater rate, but he continues to be the symbol of stability in the group.Trey Hopkins: Compared to last year, this season started much differently for Hopkins. Alex Redmond beat him out at right guard in the preseason, and Hopkins became the primary backup at all three interior positions, effectively knocking T.J. Johnson off the roster during final cuts.That decision has payed off as Hopkins has been filling in for rookie Billy Price for the last six weeks at center, and his work has been admirable. Hopkins had not played at center since he briefly did so when he was in college at Texas, and after showing promising signs in the preseason Rodney Anderson Jersey Mens , Hopkins has been doing things we haven’t seen from a Bengals center in a long time. Unfortunately, all signs point to Hopkins returning to the sidelines when Price returns from his foot injury, but Hopkins deserves credit for coming into his own at a new position.Carl Lawson: One is not the number of sacks Lawson wanted to finish the season with, but it’s his reality as he will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Lawson’s sole sack came in a big moment against the Falcons in Week 4, but he could’ve ended up with a few more with his eight quarterback hits. Some will look upon Lawson’s season and label it unsuccessful due to his lack of production, but he was still a consistent force in pressuring the quarterback, and his absence will unfortunately be noticeable on third down.Carlos Dunlap: In the Marvin Lewis era, there may not be a better example of an impact player on the defensive side of the ball than Dunlap, and his game-changing ways have been on display in his ninth year. At the midway point, he’s on pace for 14 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hits, 10 passes batted down, and four forced fumbles. On most other teams Youth Rodney Anderson Jersey , Dunlap would be the best defensive lineman on most other teams. But he isn’t in Cincinnati because of... Top LinemanGeno Atkins: Through the first five weeks of the season, there was no interior defensive lineman playing better football than Atkins, not even the king of 3-techniques Aaron Donald. At that point, he was on pace for 19 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, 38 quarterback hits, and an obscene number of pressures. Since then, Donald has retaken his crown, while Atkins has been unusually quiet for his standards.Regardless, Atkins remains the best player on the Bengals, period. There isn’t a week where he doesn’t make a fool of the opposition, and he continues to carry the Bengals pass rush along with Dunlap. Respect your king people.