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Bengal Bytes (10/24): Setting an example

The Bengals are setting an example for the rest of the NFL with how they've built their team. Ben Roethlisberger has been upgraded to questionable for this week's game. Someone made NFL jerseys out of NBA designs, and they are amazing.

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Munoz believes in Bengals; Jerry Jones’ daughter feels same about Hardy

Anthony Munoz made 11 straight Pro Bowl appearances during a 13-year career that culminated in being named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary team and election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Yet had things gone differently, Munoz said on this week’s Talk of Fame Network broadcast, he might have become the biggest pitcher in baseball’s Hall.

Walkthru: Bengals owning third downs

When Marvin Lewis shifts to his key stats speak, he always starts with the importance of turnovers and, before long, makes his way to winning on third downs. The Bengals have been winning on third downs this year offensively as well as any Cincinnati team in recent history.

Bengals LB Vincent Rey hopes Vontaze Burfict channels Rey Maualaga

This season, the Bengals aren't missing much in terms of energy. But that doesn't mean they won't take another midseason injection of it. As Burfict starts wrapping up a comeback from offseason knee surgery, the hope is that he will channel Maualuga and give an already solid defense an even bigger lift in the coming weeks.

What the rest of the NFL can learn from the Patriots, Packers and Bengals

A good way to evaluate the top teams in football is by counting how many draft choices those franchises have signed to second or third contracts. The Green Bay Packers are the best. They have 14 on the roster. The Cincinnati Bengals are next at 13. The New England Patriots are third at 10. What do the three teams have in common? They are currently unbeaten.

FTW: Marvin Lewis doesn't rank as high as Bengals

The 6-0 Bengals are among the top NFL teams in various Power Rankings - a subject Jim Owczarski examines in today's Walkthru - but Marvin Lewis finishes just outside the top 10 in ranking the best and worst NFL coaches, according to USA Today Sports' Chris Chase on the For The Win blog.

Behind Enemy Lines

Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers' rock, poses problems for the Chiefs

Coach Mike Tomlin declared Landry Jones the likely starter, but there’s Ben Roethlisberger, out at practices, throwing the ball around. Even Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on a conference call he thought Roethlisberger will play. Quarterback isn't the Chiefs defense's biggest problem out of the backfield. Le’Veon Bell is.

Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh Steelers upgraded to questionable

he Steelers left open the possibility that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could return to action Sunday for their game at Kansas City after a three-game absence. Roethlisberger was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report after being a limited participant in practice for a third straight day.

Random Bytes

"Something big" could be coming for 49ers

Last year, after the 49ers lost 19-3 to the Seahawks at home on Thanksgiving night, owner Jed York personally apologized — and the daughter of G.M. Trent Baalke sounded off. This year, the 49ers lost 20-3 to the Seahawks at home. There have been no public proclamations of apology, and no Twitter rants. Yet. But there could be something, eventually.

Thomas Davis, tough guy, pops finger back in mid-play

For a guy who has torn and come back from three ACLs, a finger is nothing. But what Thomas Davis did last week against the Seahawks is nonetheless impressive.

DeSean Jackson Reportedly Victim of Home Invasion: Latest Details, Comments

DeSean Jackson is currently nursing an injury, but that may be the least of the Washington Redskins wide receiver's worries, as his Los Angeles home was reportedly broken into Wednesday. According to TMZ Sports, a group of four or five people armed with guns stormed into Jackson's residence and engaged in a fight with six people who were inside the home.

Zach Mettenberger to Start vs. Falcons with Marcus Mariota Injured

For the first time since Week 14 in 2014, Zach Mettenberger will be starting at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.    According to Terry McCormick of, Mettenberger is getting the call to start versus the Atlanta Falcons while Marcus Mariota recovers from the knee injury he suffered in last week's loss against the Miami Dolphins.

NFL x NBA Jersey Mashups

What would it look like if NFL teams wore a variation of the NBA counterpart? We;; wonder no longer because someone did it, and it is awesome. Browns should actually contemplate making the switch.