Morning Bites (11/14): NFL and Bengals news and notes

Rob Carr

Taking a look at the stories around the NFL and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Reedy: Bengals' run game 'stuck in neutral'
The Bengals are sixth in the league in run plays and quality rushes, but most would agree that the run game has been stuck in neutral for most of the season. Cincinnati hasn't had a 100-yard rusher through 10 games.

Bengals remember Browns beatdown
In attempting to explain the challenges presented by the Cleveland defense, Bengals coaches don't need to point to the Browns ranking fifth overall in total defense or tops in the league in yards allowed per play.

Rey takes bite of The Apple
After churning out a game as big as his hometown of New York, New York, Bengals linebacker Vinny Rey of that non-football hotbed of Queens approached Ravens running back Ray Rice of New Rochelle on Sunday to congratulate him on Baltimore's 20-17 overtime victory.

The Walkthrough: Overtime Lessons
We made a big deal of the four road games in five weeks portion of the schedule and it proved to be every bit the grinder everyone expected. Three of the last five games went to overtime — all from the road. Consider the other road game would have gone to overtime had it not been for a shanked punt by the Lions typically reliable punter.

Marvin Lewis, Andy Dalton transcripts: Browns
Transcripts of Wednesday's press conferences with head coach Marvin Lewis and quarterback Andy Dalton ahead of Sunday's game against the Browns.

Notes: Completing an NFL rhombus; Looking at Campbell's trade; Gresham returns but injury list grows
What are the odds that Hue Jackson would be coaching one of the picks received in the Carson Palmer trade?

Bengals need Dalton to step up play
Andy Dalton was on a quarterbacking roll no other quarterback in the history of the Bengals had ever been on. Dalton had thrown for more than 300 yards in four straight games, something Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Blake or Carson Palmer could not claim, and the Bengals had put up more than 400 yards of total offense during that span.

Vinny Rey showing he's more than a backup
Paul Guenther put a sign up in the linebacker's meeting room the first day of training camp for the Bengals back in July. The position coach had a simple question for all of his guys to ask and answer for themselves.

Bengals look for turnaround against Browns defense
Cincinnati players haven’t forgotten being shut down in Cleveland earlier this season. Sixty minutes, 266 yards, 64 plays, zero touchdowns. Those numbers stung the Bengals for a long time.

Former Ohio State player answers: "Should college athletes be paid?"
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher shares his thoughts on pay for college athletes on Sports Beyond the Stripes with Paul Daugherty.

Bengals' Dalton pressuring self to be better
Even though he realized it long ago, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on Wednesday acknowledged the comments his coach and fans have been making lately are right.

NFL Picks - Straight Up - Week 11's host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.

Jets, Patriots show interest in Ed Reed after safety clears waivers
Ed Reed clears waivers after being released by the Texans, and the Jets and Patriots are courting the future Hall of Fame safety.

Former NFL WR Sam Hurd sentenced to 15 years in prison
Former Bears and Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a federal judge in Dallas on Wednesday.

NFL Stock Watch: Tavon Austin reminds us patience is a virtue
The NFL Stock Watch examines who's up and who's down around the NFL. Tavon Austin headlines this week after an impressive performance.

Dolphins players tread lightly discussing Jeff Ireland
When Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross enthusiastically endorsed coach Joe Philbin on Monday in the wake of player misconduct allegations, one name was distinctly absent.

Studs and duds: Matchups favor McCoy, beware of Lacy
There are several inviting matchups this week, but what should fantasy owners do when one of their regular starters faces a tough opponent? Let's take a look.

Week 11 Cheat Sheet: All the picks for NFL weekend
Cool moment before last week’s Ravens-Bengals game in Baltimore. With no cameras rolling and no one really else around, Marvin Lewis ran out on to the M&T Bank Stadium field three hours before kickoff so he could personally thank the handful of veterans who were on-hand for their service. Marvin’s team is coming off two terrible overtime losses, but both those games were on the road. They’ll get right on Sunday.

John Moffitt blasts NFL, concussion lawsuit on The Peter Schrager Podcast
"It’s all dirty business and the worst part about it is — all business is dirty business," Moffitt said on The Peter Schrager Podcast. "Let’s be honest, let’s look at Corporate America and what they try to instill in people, like it’s such a big deal because I leave the NFL. That’s how brainwashed people are with money and a false sense of security, but not only is the NFL dirty corporate America business, but now you’re risking people’s health."

Buffalo Bills complained to the NFL about their unfair schedule
Apparently, the Buffalo braintrust is in a twist because the team has had to face an inordinate number of teams coming off their bye. Theyre crying foul. Buffalo Bills complained to the NFL about their unfair schedule.

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