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Bengals Bites (12/9) - Is Burfict Done

The Bengals need the services of Vontaze Burfict back in their lineup. Some are wondering if he will make it back to the field this year. Plus Marvin Lewis gives the Browns some unneeded motivation.

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Bengals not sure Vontaze Burfict will return this year | ProFootballTalk
When linebacker Vontaze Burfict had knee surgery in late October, the word was that he'd miss a few weeks before returning to the Bengals lineup. That timeline proved to be a bit too optimistic.

Marvin Lewis apologizes for calling Johnny Manziel a “midget” | ProFootballTalk
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis called Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel a "midget" in a radio interview Monday when asked if the Browns quarterback decision would affect how the Bengals prepared for this week's game in Cleveland.

Pass rush problems catch up to Bengals
The Bengals saw about every aspect of the potent Steelers offensive machine in the fourth quarter Sunday. Le'Veon Bell showed off his dynamic running and receiving double threat. Martavis Bryant unleashed his blazing speed. Antonio Brown displayed his savvy finding soft spots in coverage.

Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals coach, calls John Manziel a 'midget' - ESPN
Marvin Lewis considers the possibility of facing a Johnny Manziel-led Cleveland Browns team this week as only a small concern, as the Cincinnati Bengals coach referred to the rookie quarterback as a "midget" on Monday.

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis calls Johnny Manziel 'a midget' |
So, Marvin Lewis, will the uncertainty of who will be the Cleveland Browns quarterback affect the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive scheme on Sunday? Will it change if Johnny Manziel replaces Brian Hoyer? Answer: "No ... you've got to defend the offense, you don’t defend the player ... particularly a midget.”

NFL Playoff Picture Week 15: Cincinnati Bengals’ Scenarios | RantSports
It’s starting to look like the Bengals’ tie against the Carolina Panthers will play a critical part in their playoff fate. The AFC playoff picture is so crowded that it’s very likely Cincinnati will either make or miss the playoffs by a half game.

Cincinnati Bengals suddenly tottering atop AFC North
The Bengals were in good shape heading into the fourth quarter. Then it all came apart. And a day later, they were still trying to figure out exactly what had happened. A 42-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has staggered the AFC North leaders. Sure, they're still in first place in the NFL's toughest division. It's not the record but the way they're playing that's causing concern.

Cincinnati Bengals' Paul Guenther still stunned by 'fluky' 4th quarter - ESPN
Though his defense had just given up 300 yards of total offense through three quarters, the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive coordinator was soaring anyway. He was in control of his game plan, his team had a four-point lead, and while a nuisance, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell hadn't yet been overly bothersome. But then, boom, boom, boom.