Morning Bites (11/9): Bengals previews, predictions, links and stories

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Taking a look at the stories affecting the Cincinnati Bengals, as well as some predictions and questions heading into week 10.

Schefter's Blitz - Few can withstand loss of QB
Now the question is how many losses the AFC North-leading Bengals can sustain on defense. This season, they have placed eight players on injured reserve, all on the defensive side of the football: Atkins, nose tackle Larry Black, defensive end Robert Geathers, cornerback Leon Hall, linebacker Brandon Joiner, linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, safety Taylor Mays and linebacker Sean Porter. Cincinnati was viewed as a sleeper Super Bowl contender. And it still might be. But it will need contributions from its backup defensive players.

Gruden trusts rookie Bernard's instincts
Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said running back Giovani Bernard has earned extra touches with his recent play.

Bengals-Ravens Preview
Go inside the Bengals-Ravens matchup with a look at some key facts and figures for Sunday's game, including broadcast information, injury news, game notes, coaching history, weather information, and a look inside the numbers.

Double Coverage: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
There will be a territorial battle Sunday at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium between the current AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals and the two-time defending division champion Baltimore Ravens.

Cincinnati Bengals offense looks to shoulder load
When most reflect on the Cincinnati Bengals' season and think back to the end-of-game heroics that won nearly all of the six contests the AFC North leaders currently claim as wins, their thoughts first settle on the team's defense and special-teams units.

Notes: Partly sunny on Gresham; Gio limited, questionable; Lewis likes back rotation
Tight end Jermaine Gresham didn't practice for the second straight day Friday, but head coach Marvin Lewis said after practice "he should be fine," for Sunday.

Ten things from NFL Week 10 that intrigue me
Anytime you lose an All-Pro player like Atkins, it's a tough blow. But the Bengals drafted Brandon Thompson and Devon Still in 2012 with the idea they would be a factor. Now is their time.

Biggest NFL games of Week 10
Sunday's home game against the Cincinnati Bengals isn't officially an elimination game for the Baltimore Ravens, but the game will define Baltimore's season. At 3-5, the Ravens could fall 3 1/2 games behind the Bengals with only seven games remaining.

2014 Super Bowl Odds: Rodgers injury tilts NFC North needle
The Bengals are 18-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. They were 14-1 prior to their loss in Miami.

Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers feel good before San Francisco 49ers game
Cincinnati is without Geno Atkins, Leon Hall and Rey Maualuga at Baltimore, and the 3-5 Ravens, two and a half games behind the Bengals in the AFC North, are playing for their division survival. This is one of the most stunning stats of the NFL season, and says it all about the Ravens’ failures this year: Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce each are averaging 2.7 yards per rush.

NFL Week 10 preview: Examining Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints, more games
The Bengals must get their front four together without super-tackle Geno Atkins, and that could be a problem. Veteran Domata Peko has looked tentative at the line this season. Could this be the week for Ray Rice to bust out? Something had better kick in because Rice has looked all too mortal this season, especially in his 11-carry, 17-yard performance against the Browns on Sunday.

Some prefer neither Martin nor Incognito
An anonymous, unscientific survey of 72 NFL players conducted this week by ESPN.com's team reporters revealed that Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin was overwhelmingly viewed as the more favorable teammate in the now nine-day-long saga involving him and teammate Richie Incognito.

Poll of players suggests most wouldn’t want Incognito as a teammate
Several players on the Dolphins have spoken out in support of their suspended teammate Richie Incognito, but around the league he is not viewed favorably.

Locker room culture under scrutiny in wake of Martin-Incognito flap
Locker rooms have long been the territory of alpha males, but in the midst of the Richie Incognito controversy, it's time to take a look at what passes for normal in the NFL.

Brandon Marshall On "The Culture Of The NFL" Is Brilliant
Bears receiver Brandon Marshall is one of the more thoughtful football players out there. He's no boy scout, but he's been remarkably public with his struggles with mental illness. So when he has something to say about Jonathan Martin's difficulties with the locker-room culture, he's worth listening to.

Fantasy Insider: Week 10
With many leagues starting their fantasy playoffs in Week 14, the race to the playoffs is officially on.

Miami University immortalizes Baltimore's Harbaugh
On April 18, Ravens coach John Harbaugh will be in Oxford, Ohio, at Yager Stadium to see the dedication of his statue in the Cradle of Coaches Plaza. There, in front of him, will be a life-size bronze statue of the 1984 graduate of Miami University.

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