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Morning Bites (10/31): It's game day!

Taking a look at the previews and stories on the internet as the Bengals get ready to open week nine for the NFL.

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The Quiet Side of Geno - Cincinnati Magazine
He likes to go to the movies alone, listens to indie rock, and owns two pet turtles. So why are opposing teams so afraid of Geno Atkins, the Bengals $55 million man?

Doc: If NFL touts safety, why play on Thursday?
As the NFL touts its sudden religion on player safety and concussion awareness, it continues to have its teams play on Thursday night.

Bengals can't get caught up in blowout before Miami game
It was a comment Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis made in passing, at the tail end of a broader point he was trying to emphasize.

Bengals banged up in South Florida
The Bengals have officially listed linebacker Rey Maualuga out for Thursday night's game at Miami after he suffered a knee injury and concussion in last Sunday's 49-9 win against the New York Jets.

Are the Miami Dolphins comprehending the team's issues?
Dolphins players player say team needs to stick together, leadership needs to step up, and coaches need to listen more.

Gameday preview: Bengals vs. Dolphins
Joe Reedy takes an in-depth look at tonight's matchup between the Bengals and Dolphins in Miami and offers his three keys to a Bengals victory and prediction.

Matchup of the Game: October Sky
Andy Dalton, about to claim another AFC Offensive Player of the Month after his unbeaten October of 2011, tries to finish off this one at 5-0 Thursday against a familiar face and old nemesis.

Bengals-Dolphins Preview
Go inside the Bengals-Dolphins 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.

Slumping Dolphins face 1st-place Bengals
Emerging from the Miami Dolphins' complex through a back door, Ryan Tannehill wrinkled his nose as he walked past a stack of fertilizer for the practice fields.

Dan Graziano's MVP Watch
True story here: The Watch plays in a fantasy league in which you get bonus points for long touchdowns and you can use a QB as your flex (which means you should), and one of the guys near the top of the standings has Dalton as his QB2 and spent late September and early October trying to trade him with no success. This guy calls himself "The Viper," and there's going to be no living with him if the redhead keeps this up. Dalton is fourth in the league in passing yards, is sixth in passer rating and is tied for fourth in touchdown passes on a 6-2 Bengals team that looks as though it might be the best in the AFC.

Pete Prisco's Midseason All-Pro team -
OLB -- Vontaze Burfict, Bengals -- What a pleasant surprise he's been for this team. In his second season, he has emerged as a star in the making.