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Taking a look at the stories around the league and the Bengals on this rain-soaked Thursday in Cincinnati.

Jason Miller

NFL awards: Peyton Manning, Andy Reid among first-quarter honorees | Audibles - SI.com
With the 2013 NFL season one quarter in the books, Audibles’ Chris Burke and Doug Farrar assess where things stand. Below, a very early look at the award races, traditional and otherwise. Most valuable offensive player Chris Burke: Peyton Manning, Broncos.

Josh Freeman-Tampa Bay Buccaneers mess has no good ending for either side | The MMQB with Peter King
As those familiar with my writing know, the NFL offseason—the longest of all major professional sports leagues—is "Me Time,” the time when teams and players are often in conflict over individual needs vs. the greater good.

Call Off the Season: The Super Bowl Is Set | The MMQB with Peter King
Four long months from today, the intriguing cold-weather Super Bowl that everybody has an opinion about will finally unfold at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

2014 NFL Draft Rankings: Teddy Bridgewater overcomes Jadeveon Clowney | The MMQB with Peter King
When I started this exercise a few months ago, I figured one part would be easy. At least for this season, I’d never have to change the No. 1 player.

Week 4: Decisive Moments for the Bills, Seahawks, Cardinals, Chargers | The MMQB with Peter King
Sure seemed like last Sunday featured a lot of big performances in the secondary. Aqib Talib provided blanket coverage of the Falcons for New England. The Browns’ Joe Haden continued his strong season by shutting down A.J. Green in Cleveland.

Bengals' Zimmer expects 'a little more work' for Pats | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com
The offensive scheme of Tom Brady and the Patriots doesn't change from year to year. More like week to week.

Bengals: We want a better scoreboard | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com
The Cincinnati Bengals – as they previously hinted – have asked Hamilton County taxpayers to buy a new high-definition scoreboard for Paul Brown Stadium.

TMQ examines the NFL's five remaining undefeateds
It's down to the Final Five -- five undefeated NFL teams remaining: Denver, Kansas City, New England, Seattle and New Orleans. Sports talk complains about too many .500 NFL teams. This young season is showing five high-fliers. Here is a rundown of the NFL's remaining undefeated clubs:

Ex-NFL QB Bernie Kosar refused to take Breathalyzer test - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Ex-NFL QB Bernie Kosar refused to take Breathalyzer test Ex-NFL QB Bernie Kosar refused to take Breathalyzer test

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says benching QB Geno Smith 'not a thought' - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says benching QB Geno Smith not a thought New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says benching QB Geno Smith not a thought

NFLPA files grievance against Bucs after Tynes' MRSA issue
The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the Bucs concerning kicker Lawrence Tynes' MRSA issue.

Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker avoids major damage to hip - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker will miss a "few weeks" with a sprained hip, and the Titans say they are encouraged by the news from a second MRI exam. Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker avoids major damage to hip

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos making run at quarterback history - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSNCoach Killers, Week 4: Houston, we have a Matt Schaub problem - CBSSports.comTerrell Suggs believes Roger Goodell was behind Super Bowl XLVII blackout | Audibles - SI.com49ers safety Donte Whitner says he was fined $21,000 for hit | SI WireMatt Schaub's time with Houston Texans may be running out - NFL - Don Banks - SI.comNew Orleans Saints dominate Miami Dolphins; Peter King mailbag | The MMQB with Peter KingNFL quarter-mark surprises: Jordan Cameron, Terrelle Pryor, more | Audibles - SI.comVideo: Joe Reedy, Ben Volin on Bengals-Patriots | Bengals BlogBengals-Patriots: First lookScribe Session 10.1.13: What’s Going On Edition | Bengals BlogNotes: Bengals add backer depth; Ghee enjoys workFantasy Recap: Week 4Report: No Major Damage to Dobson - Pats PulpitLife Without Wilfork: Will the Patriots Trade for a Defensive Lineman? - Pats Pulpit