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Bengals Bites (10/26)

The Bengals get prepared to take on the Ravens this afternoon. Here are some links from around the web leading up to the game.

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What to watch for: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals - ESPN
Baltimore announced Friday it would be without another one of its key offensive weapons at tight end. The news had to have been embraced with wide-open arms by the Bengals. That's because now with Owen Daniels, the Ravens' top reserve tight end behind the already-injured Dennis Pitta, out for Sunday's game, Baltimore is forced into moving around a few pass-catching pieces and moving around other reserves to fulfill its offensive needs.

Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals: Who's Playing, Who's Not
The Bengals currently stand with a record of 3-2-1 while the Ravens are 1.5 games better at 5-2. If the Ravens lose this game, they would also lose the season tiebreaker to Cincy, which would obviously be huge. With that being said, this is a game that, while both teams want to take it, the Ravens need a little more.

Five things to watch in Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals - Baltimore Sun
Since the Ravens’ frustrating season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium, they’ve dramatically altered their approach to incorporate a more physical offensive strategy.

AFC North teams approach critical weeks for the division

The AFC North is the only division in the NFL with three teams carrying a winning percentage into Week 8. Two months ago, few would have expected things to shake out this way.

AFC North notebook: Cincinnati Bengals counting on defensive tackle Geno Atkins to regain dominant form - Baltimore Sun

A year ago, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins was the scourge of the AFC North as a practically unblockable interior force. Atkins had been rewarded with a five-year, $55 million contract extension before last season, a testament to how disruptive and reliable the former Georgia star had become.

Cleveland Browns' Andrew Hawkins explains clever video of banishing son for Cincinnati Bengals allegiances | cleveland.com

Move over Martin and Charlie Sheen. Take a powder Will and Jaden Smith. The best father-and-son film duo might be Andrew Hawkins and his 2-year-old, scene-stealing boy, Austin.

A.J. Green targets Week Nine return | ProFootballTalk

The Bengals haven't been the same without receiver A.J. Green, who has missed two games after aggravating a sprained toe.  They won't have him on Sunday against the Ravens. They could have him back in seven days, when the Jaguars come to town.