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Bengal Bytes (10/18): Stay grounded

Bengals look to tie their best start in franchise history against the Buffalo Bills. Bills finally confirm EJ Manuel as their starter against the Bengals. Picks for every game, and how the NFL values games differently.

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Bengals' Dalton changing perceptions with his torrid start

Andy Dalton got accustomed to hearing boos as he led the Bengals to the playoffs each of his first four seasons. Every interception brought another torrent. Every playoff loss seemed to seal his reputation. Can't win the big one. Not cool under pressure. He'll never be one of the elites. At the start of training camp last year, he was greeted by a fan banner calling for his backup to start. When he was introduced before the All-Star celebrity softball game at Great American Ball Park last July, he was booed.

After Falcons' loss, are unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals on upset alert?

The Cincinnati Bengals (5-0) hope to head into their bye with an undefeated record when they visit an AFC East foe at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. They are meeting the Buffalo Bills (3-2). Here are things to watch for during the game

Hot-starting Bengals not overlooking banged-up Bills

Coach Marvin Lewis makes no apologies for playing down Cincinnati's hot start. For all the excitement the Bengals (5-0) have generated lately with two come-from-behind wins engineered by quarterback Andy Dalton, Lewis isn't buying in just yet. And neither, he insists, are his players.

Bengals do something awesome for a school in need

A year after finishing with 19 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and struggling in a 26-10 playoff loss to Indianapolis, Dalton is off to the best start of his five-year career.

Fantasy Football: Giovani Bernard or Jeremy Hill for Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals backfield reminds me of a ping-pong match; it's all back and forth. Two years ago, Giovani Bernard was the hot rookie who could get outside on a stretch play or catch passes. Last season, Jeremy Hill usurped his starting job thanks to his immaculate rushing between the tackles. This year, Gio is back on top with Hill vulturing touchdowns left and right. It's enough to make a fantasy football owner's head explode.

Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton, Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer seek to shed playoff jinx

Four years ago this Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals traded Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders for a first- and second-round draft pick. At the time of the deal, then-Raiders head coach Hue Jackson was ecstatic, calling it "the greatest trade in football." Less than two years later, the Raiders let Palmer go for a song – shipping him to the Cardinals along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2013 and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014.

Behind Enemy Lines

EJ Manuel of Buffalo Bills expected to start Sunday against Cincinnati Bengals

EJ Manuel is expected to start at quarterback Sunday for the Buffalo Bills in place of the injured Tyrod Taylor, sources told ESPN's Bob Holtzman. Manuel took the majority of first-team snaps at practice this week as the Bills prepared to host the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.

EJ Manuel, Rex Ryan of Buffalo Bills understand Sammy Watkins' push for more touches

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel said he doesn't believe Sammy Watkins caused harm when he said this week that he was frustrated with his lack of targets.

Scouting Report - Bills-Bengals - Week 6

The Bengals offense has been making good use of the big play and their defense is awfully stingy in the first half.

Bengals at Bills: What's the Game Plan for Buffalo?

the Buffalo Bills’ matchup on Sunday with the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals. To knock off the Bengals, the Bills need to enter this weekend’s game with clear-cut strategies on both sides of the ball, as on-the-fly adjustments will likely do only so much against what has been one of the AFC’s three best teams through five weeks. Here, I take a closer look at Buffalo’s specific offensive and defensive game strategies.

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NFL Week 6: Everything You Need to Know for Sunday's Games

Week 6 of the 2015 NFL season is already upon us, and it seems like the league hierarchy is finally beginning to sort itself out. Of course, there are always going to be a few surprises.

NFL Week 6 predictions: Patriots, Cardinals, Bengals, Eagles will win

Here are our NFL Nation reporters' predictions for Week 6

NFL treating Dolphins-Titans unequally by assigning them demoted official

By demoting a back judge who recently missed a key call and putting him on the Dolphins-Titans game, the NFL is declaring one game more important than another, a disservice to two of its 32 members