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The Bengals prepare for Tampa Bay this Sunday and look to cap a strong road trip with another win.

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Going on road may have been best thing for Bengals
Winning on the road in the NFL can be difficult, and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said on Monday he would prefer his team play all 16 of its games at home, but perhaps one of the main things that has turned the team's season back in the right direction following the 24-3 home loss to Cleveland on Nov. 6 was going on the road for a lengthy period of time.

Matchup of the Game: age before...?
There are 15 years between Newman and Evans, the hottest receiver in the NFL who two weeks ago at age 21 became the youngest receiver to record a 200-yard game. But the Bengals are getting blanket play from a guy that by now should be wrapped in a blanket on Sundays.

Ravens player union rep Chris Canty saddened by NFL-NFLPA discord - Baltimore Sun
Between domestic violence incidents involving indefinitely suspended former Ravens running back Ray Rice and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and an ugly child-abuse case that prompted the NFL to suspend Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the league and the players' union are involved in a series of disputes.

Browns notebook: Bills are bullish up front - Sports - The Repository - Canton, OH
Browns head coach Mike Pettine sees Buffalo's four-man defensive line as the best in the NFL. Left tackle Joe Thomas concurred. "They play with so much effort," Thomas said. "One of their ends (Jerry Hughes, 9.5 sacks), is fast and slippery and quick. Another (Mario Williams, 12 sacks) is the biggest, strongest, fastest player in the NFL. (Tackle Marcell) Dareus (12 sacks) is 340 pounds and runs a 4.9. (Tackle) Kyle Williams is probably one of the quickest guys around."

Bob Smizik: Frantic five weeks ahead for Steelers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In the matter of meaningfulness of games, there’s no season like the one the National Football League presents. Each team plays only 16 games, compared to 82 for the NHL and NBA and 162 for MLB. Every game absolutely matters. An MLB team can have an eight-game losing streak and shrug it off. If that happens to an NFL team, its season is over.

Ohio State Football Player Missing Since Early Wednesday Morning
Ohio State senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge hasn't been seen by anyone since going for a walk on Wednesday morning at 2 a.m., according to his family.