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

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

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Zimmer won't tolerate missed tackles
The defensive film review from Sunday's game against Indianapolis didn't last long, according to the players who endured it. Vontaze Burfict estimated about eight plays made the cut.

The Walkthrough: Importance of the No. 2 seed
I know we all just got done stressing about the importance of gaining the No. 3 seed in the weeks leading up to Sunday’s win against Indianapolis but forget about that. Time to tell everyone how important chasing down New England for the No. 2 seed would be.

Bengals spread holiday cheer
The Bengals are bringing some holiday magic to Greater Cincinnati children.

Marvin Lewis, Andy Dalton transcripts: Steelers
"For me as a coach, James Harrison is a good guy to have who really has helped the young group of linebackers continue to prepare and push forward like a pro."

Another AFC honor for Andy Dalton
The way Andy Dalton entered his usual Wednesday press conference, you wouldn't have known whether he threw three touchdowns or three interceptions. In this case it was the former, where Dalton received another honor from the league.

Steelers' Ryan Clark feels disrespect from Bengals
That means the Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback has seen his share of physical play, and he's heard his share of brash, rivalry-induced smack-talk. After all, not only has he played in the rough and rugged AFC North, but he also spent his early years playing for a pair of NFC teams (Washington and New York) that have a long-standing tradition of hatred for one another.

Leon Hall still targets training camp return - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
Most times when Leon Hall walks through the Cincinnati Bengals' locker room these days, reporters are absent. Wednesday was a rare exception.

Offensive Rookie of the Year favorites
Bernard has been a dual-threat back for the Cincinnati Bengals in his rookie season. The 37th overall pick has three receiving touchdowns, more than all other rookie backs combined this season.

CB Dre Kirkpatrick gets bigger role with Bengals
First-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick is moving up the Bengals' depth chart, one that's been a steep climb for him.

Bengals focused on finishing in Pittsburgh
Playing Pittsburgh is always big for the Bengals. This Sunday's game has implications all over the place.

Morning Stripes: Cincinnati Bengals' Antonio Brown plan
Antonio Brown, the Pittsburgh Steelers' young leading receiver, has been a real headache for teams to cover this season. His shifty, elusive style of play can make him tough to tackle, and his leaping ability can make him come away with head-scratching receptions.

Andy Dalton named AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Andy Dalton is the AFC Offensive Player of the Week after passing for three touchdowns and running for another in the Bengals 42-28 win over Indianapolis. Dalton was also 24 of 35 for 275 yards.

Wednesday with Marvin: Previewing Pittsburgh
Marvin Lewis met the media Wednesday and hit on the major storylines of the week, mainly the return of James Harrison to Pittsburgh and the "flappability" factor with Andy Dalton. Dalton won AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors and Lewis talked about the challenges in riding the wave of an NFL quarterback.

Reedy's first look: Bengals vs. Steelers
Two weeks ago, the Steelers appeared as if they had battled back into the playoff picture by winning five of seven games after an 0-4 start. After losses to the Ravens and Dolphins, Pittsburgh's postseason hopes are all but vanquished.

Beyond the Stripes with Dre Kirkpatrick
Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on Sports Beyond the Stripes with Paul Daugherty presented by:

Matchup of the Game: Bengals try to fend off red-hot Brown
The biggest offensive threat for Big Ben has a track record vs. the Bengals.

Notes: Harrison's return; Dalton named; Newman sits; Zeitler full; Hall timetable
One thing Bengals WILL backer Vontaze Burfict and Steelers safety Ryan Clark have in common this week is they're interested to see what kind of reaction James Harrison receives Sunday.

Andy Dalton's progression continues to mirror the NFL's top quarterbacks. Will the Bengals running game put him over the top?

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.