Morning Bites (10/24): Bengals news

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Taking a look at news in Cincinnati and other teams around the league.

Following the 'amazing' is mission of DIRECTV's Red Zone
It's late in the fourth quarter and Andrew Siciliano is calling out audibles. "One and four!" he yells, gesticulating and pointing like Peyton Manning on third and long. "Let's go to six!"

Rex looks at DL; Tackling Tez eyes Jets; Hawkins back; Whit sells pitch as tix remain
NFL.com has Bengals WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict with a league-best 74 tackles, but you can understand why he's not concerned about tackling stats.

A.J. Green, Calvin Johnson display full arsenal in Detroit Lions-Cincinnati Bengals game | Audibles - SI.com
The Bengals' A.J. Green and Lions' Calvin Johnson matched wits Sunday in a mesmerizing duel of arguably the NFL's top two receivers. The pair tied at 155 yards receiving each, with three combined TDs between them (two by Johnson, one by Green).

Real deal
If A.J. Green, Andy Dalton and Andrew Whitworth are the faces of the Bengals with their no-frills-embrace-the-grind-anti-fantasy-stats approach, then we give you WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict as the heart and soul of the AFC North leaders.

Bengals look to even it up with rookie QBs
It has been far from a lock. Since Zimmer arrived in 2008, the Bengals are 7-8 against rookie quarterbacks and the last time the Jets came in here they knocked off the Bengals in the 2009 Wild Card game behind rookie Mark Sanchez throwing a safe 12-for-15 for 182 yards and a touchdown that was the courtesy more than anything else of the Bengals throwing for 110 yards.

Hawkins returns; Still out Sunday
Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins took part in practice for the first time since injuring his ankle in an August training camp practice. Following that injury he was placed on the Injured Reserve — designation to return list.

Bengals-Jets game Sunday still shy of sellout
Sunday represents an opportunity for the Bengals to start the season 4-0 at home for the first time since the Super Bowl year of 1988.

Bengals' Andy Dalton only tuned in to wins
With a three-game winning streak and back-to-back 300-yard efforts, you might think that the constant scrutiny around Andy Dalton would have abated a little bit. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden knows that is not the case.

Ticket uncertainty no concern to Bengals
CINCINNATI -- Andrew Whitworth is in the middle of his eighth year living and working in this bustling city on the banks of the Ohio River. In that time, he's seen some good and a whole lot of bad.

NFL broadcast partners walk tightrope on concussion discussions
Visiting the Manhattan apartment of Mike Weisman, it’s impossible to miss the parade of Emmy Awards from a long and distinguished career in sports broadcasting.

NFL trade rumors: Justin Blackmon, Jared Allen more trade deadline possibilities
Chris Burke and Doug Farrar take on the roles of NFL general managers in Mock GM, as they work on speculative wheeling and dealing … Trade 1: Fred Davis to the Chicago Bears for a conditional 2014 sixth-round pick.

It has never been more important to have a solid backup quarterback
Five teams in Week 8 are starting another QB other than their opening-day guy. How will they perform in Week 8? It has never been more important to have a solid backup quaterback

Tamba Hali Leavies Huge Tip After Post-Game Party
All too often, we hear stories about overpaid professional athletes stiffing the wait staff at restaurants — sometimes even when they’re not being cheap at all — but Tamba Hali is apparently out to show that not every pro is a cheapskate when it comes to gratuity.

Ex-QB Jeff Garcia open to comeback with Vikings
Four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia wasn't kidding when he said he is open to making a comeback at 43.

Dolphins QB Tannehill nursing sore shoulder
Ryan Tannehill is playing lately like a quarterback under duress, which he is.

Suh isn't sure if he'll accept NFL's offer to meet
Ndamukong Suh asked for and was given a chance to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to talk about his play two years ago.

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