Morning Bites (10/9): League Meetings Continue

Someone said: "Get me out of here now!" We're just not sure who. - Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Taking a look at the stories around the internet that involved the Bengals and the NFL while you sip your steaming hot cup of coffee.

A by-the-numbers look at the Cincinnati Bengals' win
CINCINNATI -- While defense was the major theme of the Cincinnati Bengals' 13-6 win over the New England Patriots, there were several offensive statis

Mike Zimmer's prayers so far answered - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
CINCINNATI -- Before Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer jogs onto the field each week, he goes through the same pregame routine. He

Who is Thad Lewis? Bengals LB knows
CINCINNATI -- Among the media who were in the Cincinnati Bengals' locker room Monday afternoon the most asked question was: Who in the world is Thad L

Notes: Simmons calls it one of Huber's top 5; Thad Lewis familiar with Bengals D
Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons puts Kevin Huber's 57-yard moon shot through a car wash with 1:48 left in Sunday's 13-6 victory over the Patriots at Paul Brown Stadium as one the top five punts of his five-year career. And all he told Huber as he trotted out to the Bengals 2 and the rain coming down a little harder than before but not as hard as it would in the final 1:48 was "Get it out."

Rookie Watch: Geno Smith, Sheldon Richardson shine for the New York Jets in Week 5 | Audibles - SI.com
Let’s be clear: Through five weeks, Bernard is the most electric and dynamic rookie in the league. Given A.J. Green’s struggles — which are predicated on Andy Dalton’s struggles — Bernard may be the most consistent player on the Cincy offense. His 69 yards on 15 total touches underscore his effectiveness, but a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter on Sunday could prevent Bernard from the uptick in touches he so richly deserves. For whatever reason, the Bengals insist on giving BenJarvus Green-Ellis the lion’s share of carries, and it looks like it will stay that way, at least in the near term, following Bernard’s critical mistake.

What the numbers say about 4th down decisions. | SportsonEarth.com : Mike Tanier Article
Nearly every statistical study suggests that in most 4th-and-short situations, going for it is the proper play. But just what are the percentages? And if going for it is the right decision, are there ideal 4th down plays? Let's crunch the numbers.

Washington Redskins fan explains why he gave up season tickets | The MMQB with Peter King
By Joel Fowler It’s a question that haunts me to this day: "So, Mr. Fowler, how can the Washington Redskins retain you as a season-ticket holder?" I had missed the renewal deadline following the end of the 2010 NFL season, but I didn’t think anything of it.

NFL Draft 2014: Can teams trust Jadeveon Clowney? | Audibles - SI.com
"If he wants to play, we will welcome him to come play for the team if he wants. But if he doesn't want to play, he doesn't have to play." Those were the words of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier after standout defensive end Jadeveon Clowney opted to sit and rest his bruised ribs on Saturd...

The Walkthrough: Absurd stats edition | Bengals Blog
News and information from Cincinnati.com

NFL adds third London game in 2014 regular season
To meet increased demand in the United Kingdom, the NFL announced Tuesday that a third game will be added to the London schedule in 2014. Is your team going overseas next year?

Goodell: Playoff expansion an option for 2015
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed that the competition committee will make it a priority to discuss an expanded playoff field in time for the 2015 season.

Three bid cities tabbed finalists to host Super Bowl LII
The three bid cities for Super Bowl LII are Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans the NFL announced on Tuesday. Dan Hanzus breaks down the chance of each city getting the title game.

Roger Goodell: I didn't call for Redskins name meeting
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said team owners did not discuss the subject of changing the Washington Redskins' nickname in any formal way during Tuesday's meetings. Goodell also said he was not in the loop on a meeting between league officials and the Oneida Nation that is tentatively scheduled for next month but could happen sooner. Goodell said the meeting was being coordinated by senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs Adolpho Birch.

Reactions to League of Denial | Q
League of Denial, the PBS documentary put together over an 18-month period to show how the NFL covered-up the impact of concussions, premiers tonight. Click "MORE" to follow what's sure to be a lively discussion.

Tony Gonzalez has no interest in trade from Falcons
Julio Jones' foot injury and the Atlanta Falcons' slow start has led to speculation that Tony Gonzalez might be a trade candidate. Is the probable Hall of Famer interested in leaving the Falcons?

Julio Jones (foot) could miss Atlanta Falcons' season
The Atlanta Falcons fear that Julio Jones could miss the rest of the season after suffering a right foot injury Monday night, Jeff Darlington reports. It would be a devastating blow for a Falcons team that sits at 1-4.

Matt Millen's son punched him for not drafting DeMarcus Ware
As one of the NFL's most fiery players for a dozen years, Matt Millen was never afraid to exchange blows with opponents (or even teammates). But as the top executive for the Detroit Lions, he never expected to be absorbing punches from his son.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski likely to play Sunday vs. Saints
Patriots tight end expected to be cleared to play vs. Saints after missing first five games while recovering from back surgery.

How Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants can right ships this season | Audibles - SI.com
The season may be all but over in Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, but other struggling teams still have hope. In Audibles’ latest Cover-Two, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar outline how several teams on the wrong side of .500 can right the ship.

Does Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie want out of Baltimore? - Baltimore Beat Down
A picture has came out over social media, showing that Bryant McKinnie may want out of Baltimore.

Ravens in 'wait-and-see' mode with Eugene Monroe/Bryant McKinnie decision - Baltimore Beat Down
The Ravens will decide if Monroe starts this week after getting a better look at him in his first full week of practice.

Steelers vs. Jets: Cameron Heyward to start over Ziggy Hood - Behind the Steel Curtain
Apparently, Cameron Heyward not starting over Ziggy Hood is more than just a sub-package thing. He'll get the start over Hood in Week 6 against the New York Jets. How much that impacts the defense remains to be seen, but changes are being made.

Steelers trade for Levi Brown: Everything we know - Behind the Steel Curtain
It may be a week off from playing football, but the Steelers are wasting no time trying to get better. According to Jason La Canfora, the front office is looking to bring in a veteran offensive lineman.

Ravens' Torrey Smith emerging into one of NFL's better receivers - Baltimore Beat Down
Smith enters Week 6 third in the NFL in receiving yards, behind only Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and Falcons receiver Julio Jones.

If the Steelers miss the playoffs, they could be on 'Hard Knocks' in 2014 - Behind the Steel Curtain
NFL owners approved a measure that allows the league to select the team featured on HBO's documentary "Hard Knocks"

Cleveland Browns discussed trading WR Josh Gordon to the San Francisco 49ers - Dawgs By Nature
Just a few days after the Cleveland Browns clinched what would become a three-way tie for first place in the AFC North following Week 5, the trade rumors rear their ugly head once again. The Browns have talked with the 49ers about WR Josh Gordon.

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