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Bengals Bytes (10/12): 5-0 says it all

National media praises Bengals and Dalton, especially. Seahawks at a loss of words after blowing 17 point lead. Who earned game balls for their Week 5 performance, and just how stupid is Greg Hardy?

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Seattle Seahawks vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Video Highlights and Recap from Week 5

After a controversial win on Monday Night Football, the Seattle Seahawks took the field on a short week against the Cincinnati Bengals. Having gotten out to a 4-0 start, the Bengals entered Sunday with a firm grip on the AFC North and looked to consolidate their position with a victory over the defending NFC champions.

Andy Dalton's Bengals Put Past Behind Them with Defining Comeback over Seahawks

The game-winning kick in overtime hit the left upright—doink—and went through. That was not the Same Ol' Bengals. Past Bengals teams would have watched the kick hit both uprights and bounce out.

Andy Dalton leads Bengals back for overtime win over Seahawks

Andy Dalton probably won’t get any credit for being a different quarterback until he wins a playoff game. But the Bengals quarterback directed an impressive comeback against a desperate and talented team, the kind which ought to buy him a little time.

'New' Andy Dalton pushes Cincinnati Bengals into Super Bowl talk

On the concrete facing of one section that separates upper-deck seats at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday hung a paper banner. "New Andy," its message read, referencing Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, "jukes, points, rips and swags."

Bengals vs Seahawks: The amazing Tyler Eifert

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert scored two touchdowns against the Seahawks and secured an amazing fourth quarter reception to put Cincinnati into field goal range -- eventually sending the game into overtime.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Earth's rotation aided Bengals' win

Of all the things going for the Bengals in their 27-24 overtime victory over the Seahawks, one thing almost nobody thought about was the direction of the Earth's rotation. ​ Well, nobody but famed astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, who performed at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Tyson took to Twitter after Mike Nugent's 42-yard field goal kicked off the left upright and in for the overtime victory to explain how the Coriolis effect aided Nugent and the Bengals.

Doc: Bengals' overtime win delivers It Factor

So many games to play. So many chances to reaffirm beliefs and validate suspicions and say I told you so. Eleven more, to be exact, in the regular season. Eleven more times the Bengals will prove us right or wrong or simply ill-informed. So let's just predict this

Quick hits: Dalton told mates they'd win; Adam powered; Sherman moves; FG drill; Run focus

Quarterback Andy Dalton had just authored the second biggest fourth-quarter comeback in Bengals’ history Sunday that involved erasing Seattle’s 17-point lead and setting the stage for a 27-24 mind-numbing overtime victory before a sold-out gathering of the faithful. It was also the biggest blown lead in head coach Pete Carroll's six seasons in Seattle.

NFL Week 5 Snaps: Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor, Josh McCown and more

Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a down-to-the-wire Week 5 in the NFL ... Maybe this is the way it had to happen for Andy Dalton and the Bengals. A breakthrough, but only after one last lack of faith displayed, and one last dose of criticism leveled.

Bengals, Falcons, Packers, Broncos are near-certainties for playoffs

The Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals are in pretty good shape now, at least based on historical data. Each of those teams is 5-0. The Packers are 5-0 for the second time in the Super Bowl era (last in 2011, when they started 13-0). The Broncos have been in this spot recently. It's their second 5-0 start in three seasons. For the Falcons, it’s only the second time in franchise history (the other was 2012). For the Bengals, it’s their third (the other two were 1975 and 1988).

Giovani Bernard up, Jeremy Hill down in Cincinnati Bengals' victory

A look at Cincinnati Bengals players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks

Behind Enemy Lines

Seattle Seahawks collapse in second half vs. Cincinnati Bengals

With 6:41 left in the third quarter, it looked like the rout was on. The Seahawks had just scored a defensive touchdown to go up 17 points against the Cincinnati Bengals. But a monumental collapse down the stretch resulted in a 27-24 overtime loss as Seattle fell to 2-3.

Seahawks’ Pete Carroll ‘baffled’ after late collapse vs. Bengals

It was a game that left Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and his players with nothing but questions. How could a 17-point lead built on the shoulders of three of the Seahawks’ best quarters all season slip away so suddenly, resulting in a 27-24 overtime defeat against the Bengals?

Seahawks blow big lead to Bengals, lose: Instant reaction podcast

Think about all the fun things you could/will do right now to avoid thinking about the Seattle Seahawks. You can go for a nice walk, watch a happy TV show, drink 50 beers. Plenty of activities you could do to avoid thinking about the Seahawks blowing a 17-point lead to the Bengals that would have given them a lot of momentum by winning a game few expected them to win.

Random Bytes

NFL Nation awards game balls for Week 5 of the NFL season

Each week NFL Nation team reporters award a game ball to a player, coach or unit. Here are the game balls for Week 5

Matthew Stafford still Detroit Lions' starting quarterback, head coach Jim Caldwell says

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said he was told at halftime if he threw one more interception, he would be benched. Stafford did, on the first drive of the second half, and he was replaced by backup Dan Orlovsky, part of a 42-17 Arizona Cardinals victory over the winless Lions. However, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Stafford will remain the team's starting quarterback.

NFL Fact or Fiction: Week 5 Knee-Jerk Reactions

Week 5 of the 2015 NFL season provided a number of surprises, which should lead to plenty of debate heading into Week 6. Will the Detroit Lions have the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft? Who will be the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback going forward?

NFL upset with Greg Hardy’s remarks

After Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy commemorated the lifting of his suspension with awkward remarks about Tom Brady’s wife and the unfortunate use of the phrase "guns blazin’," different people had different reactions.