Morning Bites (12/3): Bengals links and news

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Taking a look at the stories around the internet for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bengals eye run down the stretch
With a wintry mix and a balmy 35 playoff-like degrees in the early forecast for Sunday's X-L AFC match of division leaders at Paul Brown Stadium between the Bengals and Colts, Cincinnati broke out its running game just in time last Sunday in San Diego's 75-degree greenhouse.

Bengals' O-line to have its depth tested
There has been a lot of talk during the past month about the Bengals depth on defense and their ability to withstand injuries to Leon Hall and Geno Atkins. It's time to see if the same thing applies to the offense.

Hits keep coming from the kids
Marvin Lewis had high praise for two players from each side of the 2012 rookie class.

The Walkthrough: Seeing The Big Picture | Bengals Blog
This time of year, every game bares significant consequences. The only difference being what those consequences are. The San Diego game was made to be a huge turning point but game just as many before it and those after.

Report Card: Grading the Bengals win at San Diego
After a first half that saw him go 5 of 10 for 41 yards and an interception, Andy Dalton was 9 of 13 for 149 yards and a touchdown in the second half. There were plenty of times when Dalton wasn’t on target, including a second-quarter interception by Eric Weddle that looked more like a pop fly, but he was more consistent the final two quarters.

Marvin Lewis Press Conference Transcript - 12/2
"After looking back, I’ve got to be pleased with the way we handled conditions yesterday."

Monday with Marvin: Post San Diego Edition
Highlights from Marvin Lewis’ Monday press conference:

Monday notes: Lewis mulling Whit at guard
Head coach Marvin Lewis wouldn't discuss the prospect of leaving left tackle Andrew Whitworth at left guard and starting Anthony Collins at left tackle.

The Morning Line, 12/2, The Men impress
While it remains true that the QB is so-so, it’s also becoming apparent the Bengals are good enough to win without him. They did last week. They did Sunday. How much they can win with him is the million-dollar question. But for me, it’s obvious now they can at least win that elusive first-round playoff game. They beat a decent team, on the road, in a game the other guys needed to stay playoff relevant. They beat yet another very good QB, who is having one of his better years. They did it with defense, mainly, but also a running game that mashed when it mattered. And a growing confidence and will not to lose.

Bengals better off with Andrew Whitworth at guard
There. It's been said. The universe may not want to accept it, but it's now out there. Take it or leave it. Agree with it or laugh at it. Whatever you do, just consider the following: the Bengals sure looked pretty good Sunday afternoon with the Pro Bowl tackle playing on the interior of their line.

Big pick puts Bengals' Kirkpatrick in spotlight
After seeing his alma mater, Alabama, lose to Auburn on Saturday, second-year Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was pretty distraught. He rebounded in time for kickoff on Sunday in San Diego and got his first NFL interception.

Rivers latest top QB to fall victim to Bengals
The Bengals defense is a curmudgeon in the pass-happy NFL.

Upon Further Review: Cincinnati Bengals Week 13
An examination of four hot issues from the Cincinnati Bengals' 17-10 win over the Chargers:

Gadget plays also can aid Bengals air game
Just when it seemed Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden had grown too vanilla with his playcalling, he added a pair of timely wrinkles Sunday that should make opposing defenses rethink their approach to defending the Bengals.

NFL Officiating Suffers from Inconsistency
Game officials are never going to get many holiday cards. They’re easy targets to loathe. The widespread use of replay in HD has made it even easier to take issue with the men in zebra stripes.

NFL Bans Daniel Defense Super Bowl Ad — This Man Has EPIC Response
The NFL has banned a Daniel Defense ad that was made for the Super Bowl (can be viewed at the beginning of this video below). Guns and Ammo broke this story, but this man had an EPIC response to it. Watch it and share!

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