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Morning Bites (12/10): Bengals news and links

Taking a look at the stories around the internet concerning your Bengals this snowy Tuesday morning.

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Dre Kirkpatrick must seize unique opportunity
This is exactly what every young professional football player dreams about when he enters the NFL; getting the opportunity to replace a proven veteran, and helping keep the team afloat until the veteran comes back.

Bengals defense not pleased with second half play
The Bengals got the win against Indy on Sunday but the defense didn't play up to its own high standards.

The Morning Line, 12/9, All’s Right With The Men
Two sides of the same coin this AM, Mobsters, and with it a lesson in teamwork, or lack thereof. That’s the theme of today’s essay, but first things first: The Men were flat out dominant yesterday.

Report Card: The grades from Sunday’s win over the Colts
The mostly positive (except for one facet) grades from the Bengals 42-28 victory over the Colts:

Bengals depth pulls rank
As the Bengals built their team in the offseason, the pundits insisted that head coach Marvin Lewis had the deepest of his 11 teams.

Points, poise spice this stretch run
Only three other AFC teams have done what the 9-4 Bengals have done since 2009: make the playoffs at least three times.

Throwback to the future
After Giovani Bernard's career game charged the Bengals 42-21 victory over the Colts on Sunday, these were the two names buzzing around the Rookie of the Year candidate: James Brooks and Ray Rice.

Bengals CB Newman out with knee sprain
Cornerback Terence Newman will be out for at least the Pittsburgh game and could be out for the rest of the regular season. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Newman has an MCL sprain in his left knee and could miss 1-3 games.

Monday with Marvin: Post-Colts Edition
"I think after looking at the game, it was a good win for us. I’m a little disappointed in the penalties. That was something we need to clean up as we move forward, and make sure that we are doing things correctly. For the first time in a bit, we had two line of scrimmage penalties which we haven’t had in a bit. We have to make sure we don’t have those things occur."

Marvin Lewis Press Conference Transcript
"I think after looking at the game, it was a good win for us."

Monday quick hits
The Terence Newman Watch isn't any more definitive than it was after Sunday's game.

Next three weeks are key for Bengals' push
The next three weeks could end up being the most important of the Cincinnati Bengals' season. Playoff berths are on the line and other postseason prizes are at stake, too. If the Bengals win all of their final games games and end the regular season on a 6-0 winning streak, they have a strong chance at claiming the AFC's No. 2 playoff seeding -- along with the first-round bye and home-field advantage that would come along with it.

There will be no tailgating at Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey
Standing in the rotunda at the Secaucus Junction train station, each of the speakers who stepped to the microphone repeated the same theme, referencing the importance mass transportation will be play in making Super Bowl XLVIII a success.

Rob Gronkowski out for season with torn ACL
Browns safety T.J. Ward ended Rob Gronkowski’s season with a direct shot to the knee on Sunday. Was it legal? Yes. But it shouldn’t be. What will it take for the NFL to change its rules and protect all defenseless players?