Morning Bites: Steelers are the worst team in the league, edition

Matthew Sharpe

Taking a look at the stories around the web regarding the Bengals and the NFL.

Ben: 'You could say we're the worst team in the league'
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger uttered a double-entendre of sorts after the Steelers' most recent loss - the one that put them on a dismal path toward the worst start in franchise history mark of 0-6.

NFL Week 5 Picks: Bengals over Patriots, Seahawks fall to 4-1 -
I'm not sure how or when this happened, but Andy Dalton is kryponite to Super Bowl winning quarterbacks. Dalton can't beat the Brian Hoyers of the world, but put him on the field with a Super Bowl winner and the Bengals win. You don't believe me? The Bengals are 4-0 in their last four meetings against Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, beating Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger twice. I have no clue what this all means other than that Tom Brady has won a Super Bowl -- three Super Bowls to be exact -- and he's next on the schedule. Bengals 31-27 over the Patriots.

The Week in Overreactions: The Cowboys are frauds
Cowboys fans no doubt knew what was coming long before the final whistle. That familiar feeling of dread, the inevitability of another loss that could've been avoided. This time it was the upstart Chargers, supposedly one of the NFL's worst teams coming out of the preseason. They scored 20 unanswered points Sunday, including 10 in the the final quarter, and cruised to a 30-21 victory.

Week 6 Broncos-Jaguars spread could be close 'to four TDs'
We're still 13 days away from the Week 6 matchup between the Broncos and the Jaguars, but that doesn't mean it's too early to talk about what the betting line will be for that game. The contest likely won't be epic, but the spread might very well be.

Examining the IR: Foot, ankle injuries lead to questions about shoes
At the quarter pole of the NFL season, it's time to track trends. First stop: An alarming number of players are on injured reserve and part of the reason could be the shoes players choose to wear.

Matt Schaub, Andy Dalton holding back would-be contenders
Though the Bengals spent high draft picks last April on a halfback (Giovani Bernard) and tight end (Tyler Eifert) to complement star wideout A.J. Green and give Dalton additional firepower, Dalton's not showing signs of developing into anything more than a decent quarterback. And it isn't just a matter of putting forth underwhelming performances in games: Sources say Dalton also routinely produces uneven efforts on the practice field and that coaches, rather than admonishing him to improve, tend to offer primarily positive reinforcement.

ReFo: CIN @ CLE, Week 4 takes a look at how Brian Hoyer engineered a second successive victory and pulled the Browns level with the Bengals at 2-2.

Cincinnati Bengals in search of offensive identity
CINCINNATI -- The questions were innocent and simple, but they required an honest and thoughtful answer. After all, they were queries most Cincinnati

Fourth-down 'slaughter' cost Cincinnati Bengals a score
CINCINNATI -- From his vantage point on the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden could see the carnage that was getting read

Morning Stripes: Cincinnati Bengals find fixes in film
For the Bengals, Monday was all about picking up the pieces from Sunday's 17-6 loss at Cleveland by watching the game film, analyzing what went wrong

Peyton Manning off to best start of his career, more NFL Week 4 thoughts
On a beautiful day in Denver, it was hard to imagine Peyton Manning being better. Ever. We’ve been saying that for a month now, since the seven-touchdown-pass extravaganza on a stormy opening Thursday night rout of the Ravens.

Monday quick hits
It's a snap judgment, but the Bengals 17-6 loss in Cleveland may have come down to the most taken-for-granted play in football: the snap.

Sean Payton makes the New Orleans Saints legitimate Super Bowl contenders
With Sean Payton back in charge, the Saints are legitimate Super Bowl threats again, writes Ashley Fox.

Marvin Lewis Press Conference Transcript
"After a game as we played yesterday, and after looking at the tape, I’m glad I was reserved in most of my comments until today."

Marvin Lewis was right: Cincinnati Bengals need 'consistency'
CINCINNATI -- Marvin Lewis was right. Like a sort of seer, the Bengals head coach prophetically proclaimed on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike early Fr

Sources -- Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds to retire in 2014
In all, Texas men's programs have won 14 national championships and 108 conference titles under Dodds' watch.

Sources -- Josh Freeman of Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFL drug program
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is a stage one participant in the NFL's drug program but he is not one strike away from a suspension despite being subject to random testing, according to league and player sources.

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