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Morning Bites (11/7): Bengals news and links

Taking a look at the stories around the internet concerning the Bengals, AFC North and NFL.

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Zimfense won't be a makeover
Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer may have actually smiled Wednesday after practice if he heard what Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said to reporters.

Zimmer forges ahead and Wed. practice update
In his five-plus seasons as the Bengals defensive coordinator, Mike Zimmer has seen his unit go through some significant runs of injuries. None of those though have resembled what has happened the past couple weeks.

Wednesday with Insightful Marvin
With Marvin Lewis — as with any coach — some press conference reveal more insightful information than others. In an era of instant information coaches are always close to the vest so not to give away any valuable secrets to the opposition.

Lewis not reserved about injuries
Marvin Lewis did some homework over the mini-bye weekend and then gave a crash course to his Bengals on how it hurts so good to be a Super Bowl champion.

Marvin Lewis to Bengals: Injured teams are winners
Aside from the one or two random shouts of anger that arose from one particular corner of the Cincinnati Bengals' locker room late Thurs

Two weeks may decide the AFC North
If the Bengals (6-3) swept the reeling Ravens in Baltimore and Browns at Paul Brown Stadium, the worst-case scenario would be a three-and-a-half-game cushion entering a bye week with five games remaining. A division crown and, more importantly, a first-round playoff home game would be all but determined.

Notes: Issues and some answers
Even Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer noticed that Broncos head coach John Fox and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak have been felled by frightening physical events.

Five midseason questions for the Bengals
OK, so technically the season's midpoint was last week for the Cincinnati Bengals, but considering how jam-packed the week...

Midseason Report: Cincinnati Bengals
The first half of the Cincinnati Bengals' season went about as well as anyone around the club could have imagined.

32 Observations, Week 9
As a rookie, guard Kevin Zeitler’s strength was in his pass protection where he only allowed 16 pressures over 671 pass blocks. This year he has equaled his 16 pressures allowed, but has done so on just 375 pass blocks.

Power Rankings, Week 9
The Chiefs and Colts are finally making strides up while the Saints and Packers take hits and tumble.

Richie Incognito never bullied Jonathan Martin, Lydon Murtha says
I don’t have a dog in this fight. I want that to be very clear. I played offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins from 2009 until the 2012 preseason, when I was released after tearing ligaments in my foot and injuring my back, both requiring surgery.

Richard Sherman on how he'd run the NFL if he had Roger Goodell's job
I’m Richard Sherman. I’m a guy who plays cornerback for the Seahawks, who makes $550,000 a year to control a small sliver of one of 32 NFL fields on any given Sunday.

Will the Ravens reach the postseason?
What's often lost in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league is the fact he's gone to the playoffs five consecutive years, advanced to the AFC Championship three times and won one Super Bowl. In a five-year span, that's what you call elite coaching, no matter who is on your team.

Brown agrees with benching, knows Steelers need better from him
While the decision to bench Antonio Brown for the last series of the game received criticism from many, the Steelers' leading receiver for 2013 backed his coach's decision.

Jarvis Jones speaks on hazing, Wounded Warriors and former teammate, Bills LT Cordy Glenn
Steelers rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones spoke with BTSC's Neal Coolong after having lunch at the Southwest Veterans Center in Pittsburgh.

Losing six of eight led to great second half success last time
BTSC's Dale Grdnic spoke to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Clark, two players on the Steelers' 2006 team that started their season 2-6, only to win six of their final eight games.