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Morning Bites (11/25): Bengals links and news

Taking a look at the news and links around the internet for the Bengals and the AFC North.

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Doc: Dalton needs to say 'What the heck'
I have a solution to Andy Dalton’s problems, if indeed you believe he has problems. As we rage across our beers, debating Good Andy v. Bad Andy, a nod to Curtis Armstrong (Miles) talking to Tom Cruise (Joel): 'What the (heck).'

Bye week comes at good time for Cincinnati Bengals - ESPN
Some flew back to their hometowns, seeking rest and refuge with familiar faces. Some sought peace on golf courses, or retreated to similar locales that didn't have the types of bone-chilling temperatures that ended up descending this weekend upon the city that, because of work, they currently call home. A smaller group of them, headed by those in need of extra rehabilitation from nagging injuries and aches and pains, ended up staying around the Queen City in an effort of returning to a full workload by the close of this week.

Race for division title gets tighter for the Bengals
Wins by Baltimore and Pittsburgh have brought the Bengals within two games of 7-4 Cincinnati with five left to play. The Ravens knocked the Jets out of the final wild card spot with a 19-3 victory and the Steelers won their third straight by dominating the Browns 27-11.

Sorting the Sunday Pile: Tom Brady tops himself somehow
Sorting the Sunday Pile breaks down the biggest stories from the week that was in the NFL. This week we look at Tom Brady's big second half Sunday.

NFL Playoff Picture
2013 NFL playoff picture seeds and scenarios. See the 2013 NFL Playoffs standings and wild card game schedule if the season ended today.

Steelers injury report: Steve McLendon may have a broken ankle
It doesn't look good for the Steelers' fourth-year nose tackle. He left FirstEnergy Stadium on crutches. Back-up cornerback Curtis Brown appears to have suffered a significant knee injury as well.

AFC Playoff Picture: Steelers trail Tennessee by a tiebreaker for sixth seed
The logjam has been cleared up a little bit, but not enough to suggest there's a simple path for the Steelers to make the playoffs. They're down a tiebreaker to the Titans for the final wild card spot, and two games behind Cincinnati in the AFC North.

Kansas City Chiefs in slide; more analysis from NFL Week 12
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from an ugly but engrossing Week 12 in the NFL.

Whoops! Browns fans hold Dawg Pound sign upside down
That's embarrassing. But at least they ... well, we really can't find a way to put Browns fans in a positive light on this one.

Week 12 Awards | FOX Sports on MSN
While the rough and tumble football action went on in the contiguous 50 states, Martin Short and Tom Hanks seem to be stuck in Canada. Somebody save them!

Andre Johnson says the Texans 'suck' and fans
Houston's stalwart wide receiver has watched his team lose nine straight games and isn't mincing words anymore.

AFC North Report: Ravens, Steelers Win Big
The AFC North divisional race isn't getting much closer, but the race for the second AFC Wild Card spot sure is. Let's look at what happened in Week 12 for the AFC North.

Wait, you're telling me the Broncos-Patriots game ended like that?
After almost five quarters of football, a mental mistake ended up being Denver's undoing in New England. You gotta see this.

Palmer's play has Cardinals thinking playoffs
With fourth straight strong game, Palmer giving Cards QB play they've wanted -- and shot at playoffs.

Ravens Shoot Down The Jets, Win 19-3 - Baltimore Beat Down
After a heart-breaking loss last week in overtime against the Chicago Bears, the Baltimore Ravens went into today's game desperately needing a win to stay in the hunt for a play-off berth. They got one.

Instant Recap: Steelers Finish Off Browns 27-11
Does anybody have a gravestone handy? Because the Cleveland Browns' 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers marked the death of the team's 2013 NFL season.