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Morning Bites (11/6): Bengals news and links

Taking a look at the stories around the internet surrounding the Bengals and the NFL.

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Mike Ehrmann

All-Pro no-show Rice still dangerous
Next to Ben Roethlisberger, no one has been a bigger pain in the Bengals' side than Ray Rice. Since entering the league in 2008, the Ravens running back is averaging 105.4 yards per scrimmage when facing Cincinnati and has seven rushing touchdowns in the past five games.

Bengals try to stretch to the numbers
The Bengals went to the next man up Tuesday when they signed former Dolphins draft pick Kheeston Randall.

ICYMI: Bengals' long snapper Clark Harris on Beyond the Stripes
Cincinnati Bengals long snapper Clark Harris joined the show Tuesday for Sports Beyond he Stripes with Paul Daugherty presented by

The Walkthrough: Locker Room Behavior Extras
The hot national sports topic of the day doesn’t always infiltrate the Bengals locker room which tends to be an entity in and of itself at times, but that wasn’t the case yesterday. The players were all interested to hear what exactly in the heck had gone on in Miami with Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.

Fantasy Recap: Week 9
The Bengals lost a tough one on Thursday night to the Dolphins. Even though they lost, Giovani Bernard locked himself into the top 10 plays of 2013 with a highlight-reel 35-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Week 9 DVOA Ratings
So, which team has the best defense in the NFL this year? The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed just 12.3 points per game, the best figure in the league. The Houston Texans, as crazy as it sounds, are leading the league with just 273.5 yards allowed per game. Cleveland actually leads the league with just 4.5 yards allowed per play. And a lot of fans would just forget about which teams lead in these various categories and instead go with the defense with the strongest track record of dominance over the last season and a half, the Seattle Seahawks.

The weakest players on NFL's best teams (ESPN In$ider)
At times I feel sorry for Gresham. The team clearly thinks highly of him and it shows by how they use him going one-on-one with defensive ends in the run game. Unfortunately, despite his pedigree as a former first-round pick, he's just not up to it and is our lowest-ranked tight end on the year. Despite their offensive line being among the NFL's best, the Bengals are being weighed down by Gresham, who has been flagged for eight penalties (including one that took back a touchdown), been beaten for 13 tackles for short gains or worse in the run game and has the eighth-worst pass blocking efficiency score of all tight ends. He's fun to watch with the ball in hand, as evidenced by forcing six missed tackles, but as a primary blocking tight end, he's a mistake waiting to happen.

Clutch Encounters: Week 9
Did you forget Halloween when Andy Dalton turned into a pumpkin with four turnovers and suffered the third walk-off safety in NFL history? It was a rough night for the Bengals, who lost Geno Atkins (torn ACL) for the season. Dalton's receivers did not do him many favors with their mistakes. A game-tying touchdown pass in the third quarter was taken away on a holding penalty by Jermaine Gresham. Instead, Dalton threw a pick-six and the Bengals had a 17-3 deficit.

In the NFL, bullying awareness and prevention happens on a case-by-case basis
In David Halberstam's outstanding book October 1964, there's a story about the issues between New York Yankees catcher Elston Howard and teammate Jim Coates.

Gary Kubiak, John Fox situations sadly dominate NFL Week 9
I’m still trying to take it all in. We all are. What a day. What a night. In Houston, 52-year-old picture-of-health coach Gary Kubiak slumped to his knees leaving his home field at halftime Sunday night.

2013 Midseason All-Division Team: AFC North
The AFC North is a division in transition and it shows in Sam Monson's AFC North All-Division profile for your enjoyment right here.

NFL Midseason Report: ESPN2's Fantasy Football Now leading the way
We’re at the halfway mark of the 2013 season, so The MMQB is pressing pause to take a look back at the storylines, teams and players that made an impact or headlines in the first half of the season. Here, Richard Deitsch names his show of the year so far.

2014 NFL Draft picks that can help midseason bottomfeeders
We’re at the halfway mark of the 2013 season, so The MMQB is pressing pause to take a look back at the storylines, teams and players that made an impact or headlines in the first half of the season. Here, Andy Staples looks at the teams most in the running for the No.

How this year's Alabama Crimson Tide team compares to previous editions
Brian Fremeau compares this year's Alabama team to its national championship predecessors of the recent past, seeing how the current edition of the Crimson Tide measures up.

Richie Incognito of Miami Dolphins says he's 'just trying to weather the storm' in Jonathan Martin controversy
WSVN Channel 7 caught up with Richie Incognito briefly Tuesday for his first comments since the suspension and ugly details of his interactions with Jonathan Martin became public.

Jonathan Martin of Miami Dolphins never approached coach Joe Philbin regarding Richie Incognito harassment
Jonathan Martin did not approach Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin to voice his concerns about instances of alleged harassment, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.