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Vontaze Burfict gets a "rare" deal. Jeremy Hill opening eyes in the Bengals backfield. The Bengals are going to be good, but the post season is a heavy burden. Jeff Fisher rightfully calls out ESPN.

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Jeff Fisher Goes on the Attack Against ESPN, Josina Anderson - Sportsnaut.com

"I’m extremely disappointed in her (Josina Anderson). I think it’s unethical," Fisher continued. "I think it’s very, very unprofessional. Not only the piece itself, the content. The manner in which she did it. Obviously she came in, in all likelihood to see if there was gonna be a roster move at the 75 cutdown as it relates to Mike Sam. That didn’t happen. But she needed to do something, and it’s my understanding that she manufactured this story."

Gordon considers all options, including legal action | ProFootballTalk
Now that the NFL has suspended receiver Josh Gordon for the 2014 regular season (and, if the substance-abuse policy is applied as written, a full calendar year), the question becomes whether Gordon will continue to fight the ban.

Burfict in very rare company with deal - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
"It's unusual to sign a player this early in his career to a contract extension, but Vontaze is a player who merits this," Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn said. "He has proven to be an exceptional find for us and we are happy to reward him now for his accomplishments. It's good for him and good for our team."

Hill opening eyes in Bengals backfield - Chicago Tribune
Jeremy Hill isn't going to supplant Giovani Bernard as the Cincinnati Bengals starting running back, but when the rookie entered the game after four unproductive series Sunday night in Arizona, he made an immediate impact.

NFL 2014: How Bengals do in playoffs is only thing to watch as long postseason drought endures | Fox News
Even if the Bengals reach the playoffs for an unprecedented fourth straight season, it'll be considered mostly irrelevant unless they win at least one more. Harsh, but accurate.

Bengals preview: Make-or-break stretch - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
You're going to learn a lot about the Bengals in Weeks 11-13 when they go through a grueling run of mid-November road games. The back end of that three-game stretch doesn't scream intimidation (Houston and Tampa Bay), but the challenge comes in having to weather the barrage of road trips after an early Week 4 bye.

NFL Statistical Milestones That Could Be Reached This Season
With the NFL season near, here's a list of statistical achievements to watch out for courtesy of Pro Football Reference data.