Morning Bites: Links and Notes, 9/18

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Some reading to get your morning started.

Bengals turning tide against Steelers, AFC North
The Cincinnati Bengals have tended to bungle when playing the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past dozen years. In Monday night’s 20-10 home win, the black and orange made it clear to the black and gold they’ve gone from the bullied to the bullies.

Giovani Bernard, Tyler Eifert are X-factors for Bengals
A.J. Green finally has some help, namely from rookie running back Giovani Bernard. Find out what else we learned from the Cincinnati Bengals' 20-10 victory over the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

Stuff the yellow flag: Penalties on legal hits are dumb and confusing
Throwing flags on legal hits like these only confuse players, coaches, and parents who are involved in the sport at every level. And the casual fan? Keep calling penalties on textbook tackles like that and they will have absolutely no idea what is or isn't a foul. Most of them probably already don't.

Johnny Manziel’s demolition of Alabama shows that he’s NFL-ready
Nearly an hour and a half after top-ranked Alabama had finally rid itself of No. 6 Texas A&M with a 49-42 victory on Saturday, well after five buses filled with Crimson Tide players, coaches and support staff had left for the airport, Nick Saban finally emerged from the cramped visitor’s locker room at Kyle Field.

Reunited, and It Feels ... Like Any Other Game
CINCINNATI — When it was all over, and Bengals linebacker James Harrison had greeted former colleagues Dick LeBeau and Ben Roethlisberger, playing 13 snaps in between, he walked over to the Monday Night Football crew situated on the field in a corner of the stadium and greeted another linebacker.

Thank You for Not Coaching, Week 2 - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Another week in the NFL has brought us another bevy of coaching decisions to analyze in this Tuesday's edition of Thank You for Not Coaching.

The Pacific Northwest rules the football landscape
Dip a crumpet in your espresso, ride the Puget Sound ferries and go jogging in an old-growth forest. Kayak the Willamette River. Wear Nikes while using Microsoft to order from Amazon. Oregon and Washington state, known for being laid-back, are titans astride the football landscape. The Seattle Seahawks have football's best defense, while the University of Oregon Ducks have football's best offense.

Report: Some Super Bowl tickets to more than double to $2,600
If you have designs on attending Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, NJ, in February, forget about saving your pennies and skip right to taking out a second mortgage.

2014 NFL Draft: Week 3 Stock Report
A weekly look at the NFL Draft prospects who might be on the rise and a few others headed in the opposite direction.

Four NFL centers now pitchmen for adult butt wipes
In the interest of keeping people's backsides clean, four NFL centers have become pitchmen for One Wipe Charlie butt wipes.

BRANDON LLOYD SCORES A ROLE IN AN UPCOMING ZOMBIE MOVIE
Every NFL player needs a career after their football playing days are over. Well, it looks like free-agent receiver Brandon Lloyd, who reportedly turned down offers from six teams, has found his niche. Acting! In a zombie movie!

Kenny Britt: It's my last season with Tennessee Titans - NFL.com
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt sent a cryptic tweet Tuesday, suggesting this will be his last season in Nashville. How does Britt compare his situation to that of Jared Cook last year?

Bucs S Goldson suspended 1 game
Hard-hitting Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended for one game for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday's game against New Orleans for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver, Darren Sproles.

Chance Warmack: Texans' J.J. Watt 'just another guy' - NFL.com
If you're asking Chance Warmack, J.J. Watt isn't worthy of any more credit than he already gets. The Tennessee Titans rookie guard says Watt, the best defensive player last season, has a weakness.

Bucs players not happy with Schiano | ProFootballTalk
Last week, the Buccaneers deftly were able to sidestep the fallout of an ugly loss to the Jets by eventually shining a spotlight on quarterback Josh Freeman.This week, it could be a little trickier.

What to make of winless NFL teams entering Week 3
Audibles’ Chris Burke and Doug Farrar take a look at where things stand for the winless teams entering Week 3: • Which winless team should be most concerned?  Doug Farrar: Washington. It's not just Robert Griffin III's slow start that has the Redskins reeling.

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