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Morning Bites (11/27): Bengals news and links

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As Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick struggle, is focus shifting back to pro-style QBs?
Once upon a time, NFL scouts wanted college quarterbacks who played in a pro-style offense. The theory was no one could learn to read pass coverages after arriving in the NFL: a player needed years of practice using NFL-style tactics. Quarterbacks who had been great runners in college offenses, such as Eric Crouch of Nebraska, were poison to NFL scouts.

Can December Andy Dalton mimic October Andy Dalton?
Earlier this week, Cincinnati Bengals players like cornerback Chris Crocker were adamant in pointing out the urgency they need to play with throughout the month of December.

First look: Bengals vs. Chargers
The Enquirer's Joe Reedy takes a first look at the Bengals' matchup against the Chargers, a team coming off a big win against Kansas City, and as Reedy puts it, the most confounding team in a six-way traffic jam for the final AFC playoff spot.

Giving thanks
A few Bengals chipped in at the Freestore Foodbank's Thanksgiving Holiday Food Distribution.

Helping of hope
When Cornelius Ford, who hasn't worked since April, sits down with his three children this Thursday for dinner in Selma, Ala., Michael Johnson is near the top of his list.

Long live the read option: The most talked about offensive scheme of 2012 is still thriving
The most talked about offensive scheme of 2012 is still thriving this season thanks to its ongoing evolution.

Chargers look to avoid first blackout
Team has thousands of unsold general tickets for its Sunday game.

Morning Stripes: Bengals still need options
Good Wednesday morning, folks. I know many of you will be taking off and hitting the road later in the day, but hopefully you'll spend all your non-driving time with yours truly and the rest of the NFL Nation team.

The Walkthrough: Bye Week Report Card
Paul Dehner and I did some self scouting in this week’s edition of the Scribe Session podcast, but there’s one more matter of assessment to get into — the Bengals report card after 11 games. Please note that the report card takes into account the entire body of work.

Cincinnati Bengals' Marvin Jones looking for more production
CINCINNATI -- When receiver Marvin Jones set a Cincinnati Bengals franchise record with his four touchdown receptions against the New York Jets five Sundays ago, his name was expected to start coming up more often in the defensive meeting rooms of opposing teams.

Bengals: What's for Thanksgiving Day?
Lindsay Patterson asks members of the Bengals what is on their plate for Thanksgiving.

JK Schaffer on Beyond the Stripes
Bengals linebacker JK Schaffer on Sports Beyond the Stripes with Paul Daugherty presented by: from the Moerlein Lager House.

Sanu, Jones looking for better down the stretch
Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu have been good. Like the rest of the Bengals offense, they expect better.

NFL - Time to bag ties altogether
Getting rid of ties would be a win for everyone, writes John Clayton in his latest mailbag.

Carson Palmer earns NFC offensive player of the week honors
A sharp performance in the Cardinals' 40-11 rout of the Colts on Sunday has garnered quarterback Carson Palmer the NFC's offensive player of the week honors for Week 12.

Pittsburgh Steelers have most mojo among AFC wild-card hopefuls
It's tempting to view the mosh pit of mediocrity that has formed in the race for the AFC's second wild-card berth as only a curious little side show and dismiss it in terms of real relevance for the NFL's 12-team playoff field. That's the way our sports-watching brains are wired, we instinctively think: Get to .500 first, then we'll pay attention. Until then it's just a collection of bad football teams taking turns gulping oxygen as they share the same life-support system.

NFL Draft 2014 Risers/Fallers: Johnny Manziel's struggles against LSU could hurt stock
Is LSU’s defense simply the kryptonite for Johnny Manziel? Or is how he plays against the Tigers a sign of larger, more worrisome issues with his game? Those are the types of questions that NFL front offices will spend the next few months attempting to figure out, assuming Manziel heads to the 2014 draft as expected.

Teddy Bridgewater reclaims the top spot
24. Bengals Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S Alabama

Josh Sitton says problem starts with Jim Schwartz
It's easy to agree with Packers' lineman Josh Sitton, but do the penalty totals show that the Lions are, in fact, dirty?

No looking back, Pittsburgh steeled for NFL playoffs
PITTSBURGH -- The Thanksgiving ritual for Ike Taylor of the Pittsburgh Steelers is to have his mom and two sisters visit from North Carolina and cook a feast topped off by pumpkin and sweet potato pies and his favorite, banana pudding.

The six best regular season NFL games left on the schedule
The bye weeks are over and each team has five games left to determine their playoff, or in just as many cases, draft destiny. While any game featuring a legitimate postseason contender is going to be worth watching over the next few weeks, there are six games on the slate right now that we absolutely would not want to miss.

Turkey Day Game Rankings: Best rivalry in NFL headlines solid slate
La Canfora: Food and football with playoff implications. Does it get any better? Week 13 kicks off with a special Thanksgiving edition of The Hoagie Scale.

NFL Division Power Rankings: NFC West is back on top
3. AFC North: Joe Flacco was mad this week because the Ravens ran the wildcat against the Jets and Flacco thinks the wildcat is a 'high school' offense. Honestly, I'm not sure who should be more mad at this comment, Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell or the Jets. Flacco is basically calling Caldwell's game plan horrible, but he's also saying the Jets couldn't beat a team that ran a 'high school' offense. Either way, I think Flacco will be happy to hear that instead of turkey, I think I'm going to eat McDonald's Mighty Wings for Thanksgiving. Last week's ranking: 4. (8-4 vs. AFC East, 0-3 vs. AFC West, 1-1 vs. AFC South, 4-7 vs. NFC North)