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Bengal Bytes (10/23): Bold strategies

The Bengals have changed their weekly preparation, and it has yielded great results. The Steelers' defense has been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL. The Patriots' Twitter account trolled the Jets. And, it looks like we'll get a little break from those daily fantasy commercials.

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Cincinnati Bengals' Hue Jackson expects better Jeremy Hill after bye

When the Cincinnati Bengals return from their bye next Monday, they will kick off the second act of the regular season. They hope it goes every bit as well as the first act, which led to a 6-0 record and status as one of this season's elite squads.

Bengals breakdown with Dave Lapham

Brad Steinke and Dave Lapham on Bengals entering bye week at 6-0.

Cincinnati Bengals dump 'Fast Fridays' with good results

A couple hours before their preseason finale against the Colts, the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive and defensive starters took to Lucas Oil Stadium's field wearing workout T-shirts, shorts and sweatpants.

London could be calling for Bengals soon

The NFL announced today it is continuing its agreement to play regular-season games at London’s Wembley Stadium for an additional five years. The league will play at least two games per year through 2020. That means at least 20 teams will make the trip in the next five years, and the Cincinnati Bengals have a good chance of being one of them for two reasons.

NFL's Bengals tentatively settle cheerleaders suit in Ohio

The Cincinnati Bengals have reached tentative settlement of a federal lawsuit over pay for their cheerleaders, one of several cases in which NFL cheerleaders claimed they received substandard compensation. Documents filed recently  in U.S. District Court show the Bengals agreed to pay Ben-Gal cheerleaders a total of $255,000 to settle the 2014 lawsuit alleging that their time commitments for games, practices and promotional events netted them payment that was below minimum wage.

Lewis wants Bengals to forget football during bye week

During the bye week, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wants his players to get reacquainted with their families, to spend time with teammates, while using the time off get refocused and refreshed.

Walkthru: Bengals offense among NFL best this century

You don't need me or anyone else to tell you Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense have been very good through the first six weeks. You have eyes. You can read the scoreboard.

Behind Enemy Lines

Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh Steelers limited again in Thursday practice

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was limited for the second consecutive practice Thursday, increasing the likelihood of Landry Jones making his first NFL start Sunday. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley told reporters he's planning for Jones to start Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Jones threw for two touchdowns in relief of Mike Vick last Sunday in a 25-13 win over Arizona.

Blanket Coverage: Steelers defense keeping team competitive

All the quarterback talk has overlooked the truly important development that will determine, once Roethlisberger eventually returns, whether or not the Steelers are true AFC contenders: the defense, once thought to be Pittsburgh’s weakest link, has turned things around.

Random Bytes

Jeremiah Ratliff Cut by Bears, Ziggy Hood Signed: Latest Comments and Reaction

The Chicago Bears needed a change on their defensive line, as they've allowed over 124 rushing yards per game this season. They did just that, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that the team cut former Pro Bowler Jeremiah Ratliff and signed defensive tackle Ziggy Hood.

Marcus Gilchrist Says He Prepares for Tom Brady 'The Same Way' as Kirk Cousins

Tom Brady may be two years removed from 40, but the New England Patriots quarterback has led the defending champions to a 5-0 start while playing at an MVP level. But ask New York Jets safety Marcus Gilchrist how the league’s second-ranked pass defense plans to exploit the future Hall of Famer in its Week 7 game, and you get a bold response.

Why I Drafted Jay Cutler, and What Happened from There

The scene around me looks like I'm at NASA headquarters: old-school notebooks scattered everywhere, a huge screen at the front of the room and computers flashing with statistical analysis.  But I'm not trying to launch a rocket. I'm just trying to figure out what to make of the kid whose name is printed on the scouting report in the binder: Jay Christopher Cutler.

New England Patriots make fun of New York Jets for 2012 'Butt Fumble' in tweet

Three days before their showdown for first place in the AFC East, the New England Patriots trolled the New York Jets on social media, tweeting a photo of the 2012 "Butt Fumble" -- one of the low points in Jets history.

Percy Harvin of Buffalo Bills frustrated with injuries, but not thinking about retiring

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin has grown increasingly frustrated with hip and knee injuries that are expected to sideline him indefinitely but he is not contemplating retirement, a source told ESPN.

NCAA disassociates college sports from daily fantasy games
The NCAA is pulling the plug on daily fantasy sports games. In a letter sent Tuesday, college sports' largest governing body notified executives from DraftKings and FanDuel it would cancel future meetings and ban advertising from the two popular websites during NCAA championship events such as the men's basketball tournament.