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Afternoon Bites (10/19): Bengals news and links

Taking a look at the news and stories concerning the Bengals, as well as the headlines around the NFL, on Saturday.

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The Walkthrough: Rare Saturday Edition
There was a lot of material this week along with some of the usual features that we didn’t get to. We’re catching up with some of that stuff today before hitting the highway and heading up to Detroit. For the view from Detroit, we go to friend of the blog and fellow company colleague Dave Birkett. You can follow Dave on Twitter @davebirkett:

Bengals' A.J. Green set to share the stage with mentor Calvin Johnson
Bengals' A.J. Green and Lions' Calvin Johnson have formed an unlikely brotherhood

Green won't suffer in more diverse offense
CINCINNATI -- As the Cincinnati Bengals begin opening up their passing game and directing more balls to more receivers, their star pass-catcher, A.J.

Results have been mixed at Ford Field for the Bengals
This will be the Bengals' fourth trip to Ford Field for either a regular-season or preseason game against the Lions. The past three have produced their share of memorable occasions both good and bad.

Lions prove perfect fit for Bush
Maybe it'd be more fitting if Reggie Bush were playing for Chicago than Detroit, because as he spoke to the Cincinnati media on Wednesday, his tale of his road to Detroit sounded much like the story of the Three Bears.

Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions: Numbers Watch
CINCINNATI -- Among the many matchups to watch Sunday afternoon when the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions meet at Ford Field will be the battle be

ESPN Picks and Predictions for Week
Most of the ESPN crew is picking the Lions over the Bengals, with the exceptions being Mike Golic and Tom Jackson.

Biggest NFL games of Week 7 -- John Clayton's First and 10
Heading into the season, many experts thought the Cincinnati Bengals could be the best team in the AFC North. Though a talented offense is underachieving to a degree by averaging 4.7 fewer points than a year ago, the Bengals lead the Ravens and Browns by a game in the division. They haven't disappointed. Over the next two weeks, the Detroit Lions have a chance to show whether they are true contenders in the NFC North.

This week's referee is Scott Green
This marks the seventh Bengals game where Green has been the referee. The most recent one was Week 9 last season when the Bengals hosted the Broncos.

O.J. Brigance can't speak, but his words always hit their target
Ravens know what kind of fight O.J. Brigance has. Six years after his ALS diagnosis -- a year after he was supposed to be gone -- Brigance keeps battling.

Bengals-Lions Preview
Go inside the Bengals-Lions 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.

Detroit Lions' Theo Riddick (concussion) practices for first time in 2 weeks
Burleson attended the practice, and even hopped in receiver lines to catch a few one-handed passes. He wore a protective sleeve over his healing left forearm.

Schefter's Blitz - Alabama players come with mileage
Many players from the University of Alabama are entering the league with medical red flags, writes Adam Schefter.

Peter King and Hall of Famer Bud Grant on how to improve football
The MMQB's Peter King travels to Minnesota to talk to Hall of Famer and former Vikings head coach Bud Grant to discuss how the game of football can become even greater.

Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis for Broncos-Colts matchup
There is only one game this weekend, one game that will draw every football-loving eye in America to it Sunday night: Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts.

Peyton Manning’s return leaves one Colts fan with conflicted feelings
Editor’s Note: Angie Six is a writer, mother, blogger and Indianapolis Colts fan living in central Indiana. The MMQB asked her to speak for the fans of Indiana as they prepare for quarterback Peyton Manning’s visit Sunday with his new team, the Denver Broncos.

Peyton Manning's homecoming highlights Week 7 in the NFL
Fauria openly admits that he practices his end zone dances, both with teammates and family members. As of now, this is perceived as "cute," because the Lions are winning, and because Bob Costas has not gotten wind of it yet. Prediction: Bengals 26, Lions 24

Eight in the Box: The best and worst NFL teams in the red zone | Audibles -
Each Friday, Eight in the Box will highlight a list of eight players, teams or moments and their impact on the 2013 season. The Seattle Seahawks entered their Thursday night contest in Arizona having struggled to convert inside opponents' red zones.