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Bengal Bytes (10/25): Happy bye week!

Clint Boling has strong feelings about Andy Dalton. Steelers' CB Cortez Allen gets placed on IR. The NFL is funding a study to gain more knowledge on concussions and long-term brain damage. Plus, Week 7 predictions for every team.

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Dan and Lap on who goes when/if Burfict returns

Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham had an interesting discussion about Vontaze Burfict during Friday's Bengals Pep Rally on ESPN 1530. Take a listen to their breakdown of who might get cut in order to create a roster spot for Burfict:

Clint Boling says Andy Dalton is an "Elite" QB

After a Pro Bowl-caliber start to the 2015 season, Andy Dalton‘s play has finally brought up questions of whether or not he is an elite quarterback. It’s obviously too early to tell, but Dalton’s play has clearly instilled confidence in his teammates.

Cincinnati Bengals in control of AFC North, have lots to watch on bye

The Cincinnati Bengals (6-0) are off this week, and won't be taking on anyone. They will return to action at 1 p.m. ET next Sunday when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the Bengals enjoy the last bit of their bye, here are things to watch for in other games this weekend.

Comparing the three Bengals teams that started 6-0

This year's Bengals team joined the 1975 and 1988 Bengals teams as the only ones in franchise history to start a season with a 6-0 record, but where does it compare with those two teams?

How Bengals are scheduling health, success

There were slow walks through the Cincinnati Bengals' locker room the week of October 12th, but it had very little to do with the swagger earned from a comeback win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Burfict, Ogbuehi facing "critical days" if they hope to help Bengals this season

The Bengals are 6-0, as healthy as a team six games into a season can be and get this weekend to rest before a Nov. 1 game at Pittsburgh that could potentially create a whole bunch of separation between the Bengals and the rest of the AFC North.

Unbeaten Bengals feel they can finally go deep in playoffs

The previous time the Bengals started so well, they went to the Super Bowl. And that fact is not lost on this 6-0 team as it enjoys its bye week.

Behind Enemy Lines

Pittsburgh Steelers Rumors: Ben Roethlisberger Unlikely To Play Against Chiefs

Ben Roethlisberger was recently upgraded to questionable for the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Kansas City Chiefs tomorrow at 1 p.m., but it appears as though he will only be a spectator. Despite backup quarterback Michael Vick being awful in the past few games, the Steelers still have an impressive 4-2 record, which is good for 2nd place in the AFC North. While Roethlisberger is clearly close to getting back to 100 percent health, rushing him back against a putrid Chiefs team is not something that appears to be in the cards for the Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers activate QB/WR Tyler Murphy, IR Cortez Allen

Tyler Murphy rejoined the Pittsburgh Steelers' 53-man roster on Saturday. The team activated Murphy from the practice squad and placed cornerback Cortez Allen on the injured-reserve list ahead of Pittsburgh's 1 p.m. kickoff against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Random Bytes

Chris Ivory's Baggage Is Light, and He's Powering the Jets to Contender Status

There’s something strange about the NFL’s rushing leaderboard right now. Go ahead and look at the top five for the 2015 season, and you’ll notice an outlier who’s traveled down a meandering career path.

NFL Week 7: Mike Tanier's Previews and Score Predictions

This week's game previews answer the following questions: Can anyone beat the Patriots? What's the scariest Colts-themed costume you are likely to see this Halloween? The Panthers are undefeated: What's up with that?

NFL to fund study on concussions, brain damage

The National Football League said Saturday it will help fund new research on the suspected link between sports-related concussions and long-term brain degeneration.

Adrian Peterson Illness: Updates on Vikings Star's Status and Return

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is battling an illness that could prevent him from suiting up for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Who to start, sit in fantasy football in Week 7 - Sunday NFL preview

NFL Nation previews what to watch for around the league Sunday, including fantasy football updates on Bucs RB Doug Martin, Chiefs TE Travis Kelce and Cowboys RB Christine Michael.