In The Trenches with Dave Lapham
Lou Anarumo | Don’t Look Down Keep Looking Forward

Lou Anarumo | Don’t Look Down Keep Looking Forward

November 9, 2022

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo took time away from heading out for a break during the Bengals bye week to jump back In The Trenches with Dave Lapham, presented by First Star Logistics.

Coach Anarumo had the Bengals defense at the top of their game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers; now, they'll take a week off, look to bring back a few players missing due to injury, and keep looking forward as they head into the meat of their schedule as each week the stakes will rise as the Bengals look to get their first win in the AFC North, make the playoffs and look to earn a return trip to the Super Bowl.

Get the latest on injuries on the defensive side of the ball and more from one of the top coaches in the National Football League.

Dave Lapham Postgame | Bengals Get Right Against Carolina Panthers

Dave Lapham Postgame | Bengals Get Right Against Carolina Panthers

November 7, 2022

Coming off their Monday night loss to Cleveland, the Cincinnati Bengals knew they needed to right the ship before heading for their bye week. Joe Mixon heard the call and posted his best game of the season while making history in the process with a five-touchdown game as he rushed for 153 yards and four of the five touchdowns and added 58 yards on four receptions, and his fifth score as the Bengals dismantled the Carolina Panthers 42-21.

But to say the game was all about the play of Joe Burrow, Mixon, and the Bengals' offense would be a mistake. Defensively, Lou Anarumo had his players ready to shut down the Panthers offense in the first half, and as the teams left the field at the half, the Bengals held a 35-0 advantage.

After the game, Dave Lapham jumped In The Trenches, presented by First Star Logistics, to give his thoughts on the Bengals win, the performances of Mixon and Burrow, and the things needed over the next week as the Bengals will take some time off during the bye with hopes of getting several players back from injury before heading to Pittsburgh for a scheduled Sunday night match-up with the Steelers and the need to get their first win in the AFC North this season.

Laps Keys To Bengals Victory Carolina Panthers

Laps Keys To Bengals Victory Carolina Panthers

November 5, 2022

The NFL season enters Week Nine, and Dave Lapham Keys to Victory is back as the Cincinnati Bengals will look to rebound after their Halloween night disaster against the Cleveland Browns.

The Carolina Panthers may be 2-6 but are playing hard for interim head coach Steve Wilks who they would like to get the job full-time.

A lot has happened with the Panthers as they traded their best player, running back Christian McCaffrey, to the San Francisco 49ers and benched quarterback Baker Mayfield in favor of P.J. Walker, a former starting quarterback in the XFL for the Houston Roughnecks, where he led the league in passing touchdowns (15) and passing yards (1,338) in five games before the season was suspended.

The Bengals enter the game with more injuries, as Mike Hilton will miss Sunday. 

Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense need to start quickly, while the defense needs to rebound after their struggles against the Browns.

To learn about all the "KEYS" to a Bengals victory, jump into In The Trenches with Dave Lapham, presented by First Star Logistics.

Solomon Wilcots | Got To Win In The Trenches

Solomon Wilcots | Got To Win In The Trenches

November 4, 2022

Former Cincinnati Bengals safety Solomon Wilcots always keeps his opinions real when he's In The Trenches with Dave Lapham, presented by First Star Logistics.

Like all Bengals fans, Wilcots did not like what he witnessed Halloween night when the Cleveland Browns knocked down and bloodied some noses on their way to a dominating 32-13 win over the Bengals.

The loss has many, including Wilcots, wondering if the Bengals can find the magic they enjoyed after their bye week last season on their way to the Super Bowl.

The loss in the "Battle of Ohio" gave the Bengals their third loss in the AFC North for the season after going 4-2 last season, and injuries continued to mount with the loss of Chidobe Awuzie, who joins Ja'Marr Chase, D.J. Reader, Josh Tupou, and others since the start of the season.

Wilcots knows the Bengals spent the money and entrusted offensive line coach Frank Pollack to rebuild the weakest part of last year's squad with free-agent signings Alex Cappa, Ted Karras, and La'el Collins, along with drafting Cordell Volson.

Sunday, Joe Burrow will look to lead the Bengals to their fifth win against the Carolina Panthers, who are playing hard-nosed football despite their 2-6 record for interim head coach Steve Wilks.

A win and the Bengals head to their bye week matching their won-loss totals at the same point as last season.

Deep Dive with Wilcots and Lapham as they talk about the highs and lows of this season, dealing with injuries, what the Bengals must do to right the ship, and more.

NBC Sports NFL Insider Peter King | Everybody’s Envious Bengals Got Joe Burrow & More

NBC Sports NFL Insider Peter King | Everybody’s Envious Bengals Got Joe Burrow & More

November 2, 2022

NBC Sports NFL Insider Peter King tells Dave Lapham why everyone around the NFL is envious of the Cincinnati Bengals having star quarterback Joe Burrow.

In his first visit to In The Trenches with Dave Lapham, presented by First Star Logistics, King talks about what Burrow brings to the franchise he covered when he wrote for The Cincinnati Enquirer (1980-1985).

The longtime friends talk about Monday night's debacle against the Cleveland Browns, the loss of Ja'Marr Chase, and now Chidobe Awuzie. 

Did Mike Brown entertain the chance to trade the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft that the Bengals used to select Burrow? 

And a look around the National Football League.

Dave Lapham Postgame | Bengals Suffer Injuries and Loss To Cleveland Browns

Dave Lapham Postgame | Bengals Suffer Injuries and Loss To Cleveland Browns

November 1, 2022

The Cincinnati Bengals entered Monday night's "Battle of Ohio" against the Cleveland Browns expecting Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense to continue their successful ways despite the news of Ja'Marr Chase being out several weeks with an injury.

Instead, Burrow and the Bengals took an old fashion butt-whipping from their cross-state rivals in front of a national audience as they are still looking for their first win in the AFC North. 

If losing Chase wasn't big enough leading up to the game, seeing cornerback Chidobe Awuzie go down with what looks like a season-ending knee injury added fuel to a night filled with sacks, a costly early turnover, missed kicks, and a Browns offense running at full speed behind quarterback Jacoby Brissett, running back Nick Chubb, and receiver Amari Cooper.

Following the game, Dave Lapham jumped on the phone with Dave Berk for a special postgame In The Trenches, presented by First Star Logistics, to discuss the loss, how the Bengals can address their mounting injuries, and have a successful quick turnaround as the Carolina Panthers will be at Paycor Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Laps Keys To Bengals Victory Cleveland Browns

Laps Keys To Bengals Victory Cleveland Browns

October 30, 2022

The NFL season enters Week Eight, and Dave Lapham Keys to Victory is back for the "Battle of Ohio," with the Cincinnati Bengals heading to Cleveland to battle the Browns.

All looked great for the Bengals coming off their win over the Atlanta Falcons. Then, however, things turned as we learned wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase would be out for several weeks with a hip injury. 

***Keys to Victory was recorded before the Chase injury news.***

The Browns are also fighting injuries, but this is a must-win for the Bengals as they've yet to win an AFC North game, having already lost to the Steelers and Ravens.

To learn about all the "KEYS" to a Bengals victory, jump into In The Trenches with Dave Lapham, presented by First Star Logistics.

Lou Anarumo | Knock Them In The Lake

Lou Anarumo | Knock Them In The Lake

October 29, 2022

Coming off an impressive defensive performance against the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo returns to In The Trenches with Dave Lapham, presented by First Star Logistics, to discuss how players like Akeem Davis-Gaither, Markus Baily, Tyler Shelvin, and others, stepped up to play critical snaps as injuries have slowed a few key members of the Bengals defense.

Now, it's time to see if the Bengals can step up and get their first AFC North win of the season against their cross-state rival, the Cleveland Browns, who have one of the best running attacks in the NFL despite their 2-5 record.

Anarumo looks at the win over the Falcons before giving insight into the Browns offensive attack with Nick Chubbs leading the way.

Brian Callahan | Bengals Offense Hitting Stride

Brian Callahan | Bengals Offense Hitting Stride

October 28, 2022

We welcome back to In The Trenches with Dave Lapham, presented by First Star Logistics, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.

**NOTE: This interview was done before any news of the injury status of Ja'Marr Chase.**

Callahan and the Bengals offense look to have found their stride with four wins in their last five games and one of the all-time best performances from Joe Burrow in their 35-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Callahan and the Bengals look to notch their first win in AFC North play when they travel to Cleveland to take on the 2-5 Browns in primetime on Monday night football.

The game gives Callahan a chance to compete against his father, Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan again, with the younger Callahan and the Bengals looking to snap a four-game losing streak to the rival.

The overall series in the "Battle of Ohio" has the Bengals leading 51-46 and 27-19 since the Browns' rebirth in 1999.

Callahan talks about what makes the Browns dangerous on both sides of the ball, especially defensive end Myles Garrett.

Bengals Receivers Coach Troy Walters Talks Big Three and Joe Burrow

Bengals Receivers Coach Troy Walters Talks Big Three and Joe Burrow

October 26, 2022

Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach Troy Walters enjoyed his own successful football career at the college level before spending several seasons in the NFL.

During his NFL career, Walters spent time with one of the all-time great quarterbacks, Peyton Manning. Now, Walters is getting an up-close look at Bengals standout quarterback Joe Burrow.

While Manning enjoyed some great receivers with the Colts, Burrow may hold an upper hand with the Bengals trio of Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd.

Walters joined In The Trenches with Dave Lapham, presented by First Star Logistics, to discuss the players he's coaching and gives his thoughts on the success of one of the top quarterbacks in the league, Joe Burrow.