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Morning Bites: Bengals and NFL links, 9/20

This morning's readings for the Bengals and around the NFL.

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Maualuga focused on having his best season.
The Bengals believe in Rey Maualuga. Rewarding the team for that trust is all that matters to him.

Pack mentality for defense
Before the Bengals moved on to Sunday's assignment against the Packers at Paul Brown Stadium, Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga took one final look Wednesday at the 20-10 victory over Pittsburgh that kicked off the two-game homestand.

Matchup of the Game: Bengals vs. Batman
Batman, says Ray "Rock" Oliver, is scaling the walls Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Bengals' Margus Hunt ready to contribute
CINCINNATI -- The Year of the Rookie appears set to continue in Cincinnati this weekend when Bengals first-year defensive end Margus Hunt finally gets

Marvin Lewis, Andy Dalton transcripts: Packers
"Looking at the Packers, obviously it starts with Aaron Rodgers and his tremendous ability. He’s quick with the ball in his hands and he’s got a great arm."

Countdown Daily Prediction: GB-CIN
ESPN Video: The NFL Live crew make their picks for Green Bay at Cincinnati.

The Marvin Lewis Clip Show
In preparation for the Packers Lewis discussed at length why he doesn’t feel his team will be susceptible to the 132-yard effort James Starks put up last week, the similarity between Pittsburgh and Green Bay’s defense, friends on the Packers staff and the need for this team to grow up quickly.

Marty Brennaman signs contract extension with Reds
The Cincinnati Reds have signed Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman to a three-year contract extension through the 2016 season to serve as the play-by-play voice of the Reds on Radio Network.

Inside Edge: Packers at Bengals
ESPN Video: ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando delivers some stats to help you make your pick for Green Bay at Cincinnati.

Eagles-Chiefs Final Score: Philadelphia falls to Kansas City in Andy Reid's return, 26-16
That was ugly.

Chiefs-Eagles final score: Andy Reid returns to Philly a winner, 26-16
The Chiefs defense looked outstanding as KC beats the Eagles, 26-16, on Thursday Night Football.

Why doesn't the NFL pay taxes?- MSN Money
Believe it or not, the National Football League, whose teams generate some $9.5 billion in annual revenue, is considered by the IRS to be a nonprofit organization. That's due to an odd quirk in the tax code that Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., aims to fix.

The Anatomy of a Game-Winning Play
TEMPE, Ariz. — NFL coaches often preach to their teams how the outcome of games can be determined by one or two plays, a point that played out repeatedly through the first two weeks, when a league-record 22 games were decided by a touchdown or less.

Trent Richardson Trade: Did Indianapolis Colts or Cleveland Browns win?
This is close. The Colts didn’t win the Trent Richardson trade in a slam dunk by dealing a 2014 first-round draft choice for him, and the Browns didn’t cream the Colts in the deal. It’s … well, complicated. A word about the Browns first.

Randall Cunningham's son is coming of age at ideal moment
By Michael Rosenberg Mike Quick saw the offense of the future in training camp, and it made him think of the past. This was a few weeks before Chip Kelly’s Eagles obliterated Washington on the first Monday night of the season.