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Afternoon Bite: What's Up With Former Bengals LB Bill Bergy

Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Bill Bergy leads us on another round of afternoon links.

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Where Are They Now: Bill Bergey
Bergey loved playing for the legendary Paul Brown while in Cincinnati. "Paul Brown was a great guy," commented Bergey. "I loved him. I really liked his values. He loved his players being married. He loved his players having kids. He wanted to see his players have responsibilities off the field, too. He encouraged us to go to church on Sunday morning before we played football Sunday afternoon."

Green-Ellis still applying lessons learned in New England
BenJarvus Green-Ellis got his NFL start in New England. He'll face the Pats Sunday for the first time.

The Playbook: Previewing Seahawks-Colts, Broncos-Cowboys, other Week 5 games | Audibles -
Could this be an AFC playoff preview? The Patriots certainly appear en route to a postseason berth, thanks to a 4-0 start. They are not planning to have Rob Gronkowski back Sunday, but WR Danny Amendola could rejoin the lineup. The Bengals are 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road thus far in 2013. So they’d sure like to pick up a win here, since four of their next five are away from Cincinnati.

Eight in the Box: The best plays from Weeks 1 through 4 | Audibles -
Each Friday, Eight in the Box will highlight a list of eight players, teams or moments and their impact on the 2013 season. We're only four weeks (plus one Thursday night game) into the season, and yet we already have a bevy of spectacular plays etched on the 2013 film.

River reunion
Bengals running back/throwback BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the ultimate Bill Belichick player, which is to say the ultimate team player, is spending a slice of his week preparing for his old Patriots team.

Fantasy Insider: Week 5
See who to start and who to sit as we reach Week 5 of the fantasy season.

Cincinnati Bengals punt unit in good hands with Kevin Huber - ESPN
CINCINNATI -- You typically only notice a punter until he or members of his coverage unit do something wrong. That might be why you haven't read much

Patriots always special for Green-Ellis | |
For the first time on Sunday, Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis earns an opportunity to play against his former team.

Dealing with criticism necessary part of QB job | |
For a quarterback like Andy Dalton and his 55,510 followers on Twitter, blocking out the negative and maintaining confidence entering Sunday's game against New England becomes as important as pinpoint accuracy on a 15-yard out.

Matchup of the Game: Tacklin' Tez vs. Tom Terrific
Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict vs. Patriots QB Tom Brady.

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

Q&A with Devin McCourty. - The Sun Chronicle
Lacking any availability from the newest Patriot, wide receiver Austin Collie (reportedly signed early Thursday but not yet confirmed by the Patriots), we all settled for safety Devin McCourty's thoughts on how to stop the Cincinnati Bengals' passing attack. Here's the transcript:

Mike Westhoff believes NFL is making special teams obsolete | The MMQB with Peter King
Editor’s Note: Mike Westhoff retired this year after a 31-year run as an NFL assistant coach and special-teams coach. He spent the past 27 years with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, and he was known for terrific coverage teams, led by career special-teamers like Bernie Parmalee and Larry...

Hoping no more NFL jerseys are burned this week. | : Mike Tanier Article
In this time of turmoil, there's one thing we can agree on: buying a Matt Schaub jersey so you can burn it in effigy is the dumbest thing you can do. So put down the matches, and please don't change your name to "Hitner:" These are this week's riffs.

Browns QB Brian Hoyer to Undergo Surgery After Torn ACL - Dawgs By Nature
The feel-good story of local quarterback Brian Hoyer came to an abrupt end Thursday night as the Cleveland Browns quarterback tore his ACL in the first quarter, according to head coach Rob Chudzinski.

Friday Updates: Matthew Slater returns to practice, Ridley likely out, and Bill Belichick talks about stability - Pats Pulpit
Bill Belichick discusses being the longest-tenured coach in the NFL and Matthew Slater returns to practice for the New England Patriots. Also, with Stevan Ridley possibly out, LeGarrette Blount could see an increased role on Sunday