Cincinnati Bengals

Josh Brown, signed to replace injured Bengals kicker Mike Nugent, kicked a 43-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Cincinnati a hard fought 13-10 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

The win puts the Bengals at 9-6 and secures them a postseason spot for the second straight season.  The Steelers had their playoff hopes dashed.

The Bengals wrap up the regular season next Sunday when they host the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium.

Michael Keating

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune is recommending a quarter cent sales tax increase to stabilize the stadium fund. His plan would also preserve the full property tax rebate promised to voters in the mid-90's.

The board is dealing with a $7 million gap. The proposal would increase the sales tax from 6.5% to 6.75%. Here's how Hamilton County's sales tax rate compares with Ohio's other 87 counties.

Ann Thompson WVXU

Fourteen NFL teams have gone digital with their playbooks, including the Bengals. The advantages for coaches and players are convenience, ease of revision and better preparation.

Back-up Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski doesn't miss the three-ring binder with hundreds of pages of scouting information and plays. It has been replaced by team issued iPads.

Sleek new iPads replace big playbooks and DVD’s for Cincinnati Bengals players who can now prepare anytime, anyplace. Ann Thompson reports on this new trend in this week’s Focus on Technology.

Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche will be tail-gating with the Romney-Ryan "Commit to Mitt Early Vote Express" bus outside Paul Brown Stadium before tonight's nationally-televised Bengals-Steelers game.

Wyche is expected to join the Romney-Ryan bus, which is traveling the state promoting early voting for the GOP presidential tickets, at 5:30 p.m. in parking lot D near Paul Brown Stadium.

Wyche coached the Bengals from 1984 until 1991. He held the record for most wins by a head coach (64) until he was overtaken by Marvin Lewis, the current head coach, in 2011.

Michael Keating

Hamilton County Commissioners are moving forward with a plan to shore up the struggling stadium fund for another year.

Essentially the board is taking out an insurance policy to cover the bulk of the debt and fund what's left from county reserves. It'll cost about $300,000.

Chick Ludwig

Aug 24, 2012

It’s a great time for sports fans in Cincinnati – the Reds are entrenched in the pennant race and the Bengals are gearing up for the start of a new season. With all that going on, time to bring longtime sports writer Chick Ludwig into The Front Row with Betsy Ross.

Bengals security will no longer pat fans down at the games. Instead they'll will be screened with a magnetic wand to detect any metal being brought into the stadium.

Attendees will have to have keys, phones and other metal items in their hands during this wand screening. The change is mandated by the NFL.

Bengals director of business development, Bob Bedinghaus says the wanding procedure was partially implemented during games near the end of the 2011 season.