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Morning Bites (11/20): Bengals news and links

Taking a look at the news around the internet concerning YOUR Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL in general.

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Bengals' Leon Hall, Geno Atkins through surgeries
As the Cincinnati Bengals begin their bye week, they do so knowing that two of their fallen defensive players are officially on the mend and in the initial phases of their lengthy rehab processes.

Howard's No. 53 hanging with Bengals in another stretch run
The Bengals broke for their bye week Tuesday afternoon with the late Thomas Howard heavy on their minds.

The Morning Line, 11/19, A Vote for Good Andy | Paul Daugherty
A LITTLE TRADE SECRET, fairly obvious: Media heathens write about what you’re talking about. For better or worse, fair or not, you’re talking about Good Andy/Bad Andy. Here’s an e-mail I got yesterday. It’s kinda long, but very solid in the points it makes. Tell me what you think:

Dalton hasn't lost confidence
For the first time in his career, Dalton endured three straight games with a passer rating under 63, but he takes off for the bye week comfortable with the position of his game and the team.

Bengals flex muscles at home
The Bengals sense homefield advantage is a very real deal.

Dye proves it takes all kinds
Tony Dye is living proof an NFL roster is culled from all over.

Thomas Howard's death stuns Bengals
The Bengals digested the news Monday that popular former teammate Thomas Howard had been killed in a car accident in Oakland.

Fantasy Recap: Week 11
The Bengals fantasy defense finished Week 11 as’s No. 1-ranked defense.

Former teammates remember Thomas Howard
Marvin Lewis had a simple message for his players before they left for their bye week – don't take things for granted and understand that each and every decision you make can affect everyone.

Andy Dalton of Cincinnati Bengals still confident despite recent struggles
As rough as Andy Dalton has looked recently, though, he contends he doesn't have a confidence issue. In his eyes, he's playing at the highest level he has his entire career.

Reedy: Bye keeps Bengals' offense under scrutiny
The Bengals head into a bye week with a healthy lead in the AFC North, but one of the bad things about the break is that the team's offense — which is already under the microscope — will receive even more scrutiny until the Dec. 1 game at San Diego.

Rarefied Air: Hail Mary catches clutch, not common
Andy Dalton and AJ. Green's Hail Mary connection is one of the few in NFL history.

Week 11 report card: Buccaneers making it (Bobby) Rainey
Not often you see a team go 1-for-14 on third downs and put up 41 points.

Cleveland Browns' Jason Pinkston on team plane's landing at windy Hopkins airport: 'It was terrifying'
"It was terrifying,'' Pinkston told "It was the real thing. The weather was so bad. We were coming in to land and (the pilot) had to go kind of fast to balance it out and we came down and we hit on two wheels. The (left) wing was literally three feet from hitting the ground. "We're actually pretty lucky to be alive right now, to be honest. We really escaped one. We got away with one last night.''

NFL: Officials used 'proper mechanics' on non-call in Panthers win over Patriots
The NFL is backing the game officials who made the controversial non-call at the end of Monday's game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots.

NFLPA launches separate investigation of Dolphins management
Union supplementing NFL effort to ascertain nature of workplace for Dolphins players.

Colts running back Trent Richardson defends lack of productivity
In Trent Richardson's ideal world, he'd be running through defenses and threatening records the way he did at the University of Alabama.

The Week in Overreactions: 'Cardinals still aren't a playoff team'
New storylines emerge every week. Some are reasonable, most are not. 'The Week in Overreactions' focuses on the latter.

NFL Division Power Rankings: NFC North tumbles after 1-3 week
4. AFC North: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton did something really weird on Sunday: he threw three touchdown passes without throwing for 100 yards. How weird is that? It's so weird that it's only been done two other times since 1980. Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer did it in a 2003 win over the Chargers. Plummer threw three touchdown passes, but only threw for 94 yards. Former Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder also did it. In 1992, Schroeder threw for 93 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-7 win over Kansas City. Dalton's 93-yard, three touchdown performance was so bad it was good, Bengals fans can't even be mad. It was like when Baxter ate the whole wheel of cheese. There was no way Ron Burgundy could be mad at that. Last week's ranking: 4. (7-4 vs. AFC East, 0-3 vs. AFC West, 1-1 vs. AFC South, 4-7 vs. NFC North)

Report: Richie Incognito and teammate harassed Dolphins employee
From Yahoo Sports: Some NFL observers claimed Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito’s alleged treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin was simply part of the loose locker room culture. It is a world outsiders do not understand, and a macho environment where only the strong.

400-pound running back a sight to behold
At 400 pounds, Tony Picard racked up 576 yards rushing and seven touchdowns this year at White Swan High School. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that his coach put Picard at running back because he was so athletic for his size. Many NFL running backs weigh half as much as Picard. Current NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles weighs in at 208 pounds.