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Bengal Bytes (10/27): Paying it forward

After the bye week, the Bengals are coming out focused on finishing out the season, not their accomplishments so far. With Ben Roethlisberger likely returning this week, we take a look at how the Steelers did without him. The Lions make a coaching change, and Uber has an interesting offer for UCF fans.

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Cincinnati Bengals believe they'll see Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday

Ben Roethlisberger has been a veritable Rubik's cube for the Cincinnati Bengals over the years. But even with his 17-6 all-time record against them, the undefeated Bengals wouldn't want to face any quarterback on the Pittsburgh Steelers' depth chart other than the longtime signal-caller who appears poised to return from a four-game absence due to a knee injury.

NFL player Michael Johnson ‘paying it forward’

In an era of prima donna professional athletes who often blow through their fortunes with frivolous spending, it’s refreshing to follow a player who credits much of his success to his parents and hometown supporters.

Walkthru: Bengals' Good Bye Weekend

Hope you all had a great bye weekend. I know those feel empty for many of you with the Bengals not playing, for those of us caught up in the constant grind ever since training camp started in July, few weekends are sweeter.

Pittsburgh Steelers' turnover woes highlight importance for Bengals

Cincinnati's next game is against Pittsburgh, and who takes care of the football better will be a huge factor. For six weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the five best teams in the NFL at controlling turnovers. With a plus-six turnover margin, they were doing a dramatically better job creating them as opposed to allowing them.

The NFL Top 25 Rankings

It’s about time for an NFL Top 25 ballot. I’m jealous of college football, where the nation’s finest coaching assistants and interns submit votes each week on behalf of their institution’s head coaches to generate something resembling a national consensus power rankings.

3 Matchups That Will Reveal True AFC Playoff Contenders in Week 8

Week 8 of the 2015 NFL season is coming up, and while a few divisional races are pretty much locked up at this point, the AFC playoff race is still wide-open. Which Week 8 games will help clear up the AFC playoff picture? Who among the remaining unbeaten teams should be on upset-alert mode?

Rested from bye, Cincinnati Bengals come back for '10-week season'

A few weeks ago, one of the Cincinnati Bengals' few banged-up players leaned over after an interview scrum and expressed a thought that likely was shared by others in the locker room. He couldn't wait for the bye to come.

Vontaze Burfict still not practicing

Today could have been the start of Vontaze Burfict returning to practice after spending the first six weeks on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Instead, he went out to the rehab field in a T-shirt and shorts just like he has all season.

Behind Enemy Lines

Injured Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt Unsure About Status For Bengals Game

It was obvious in Sundays’ 23-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that the Pittsburgh Steelers missed having starting defensive end Stephon Tuitt on the field. On Monday, Tuitt, who is currently nursing a knee sprain, was asked about his status of his injury.

Life without Ben Roethlisberger clumsy, yet rewarding for Steelers

In four games without Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers produced one overtime loss, one winning touchdown on the final play, one stellar relief performance at quarterback to beat Arizona, three multiple-turnover games for the defense, three 100-yard rushing performances by Le'Veon Bell, three Martavis Bryant touchdown catches, several snapshots of frustration for Antonio Brown, a few vintage Michael Vick moments, a few painful Vick passing performances, and one dud: Sunday's 23-13 loss to Kansas City.

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert a matchup problem for Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert might be Andy Dalton's favorite target right now. He’s on pace for 75 catches, 900 yards and 16 touchdowns. And he’ll be bursting through the middle of the Pittsburgh defense Sunday in Heinz Field, daring the Steelers to chip him. The Steelers can’t just say they are going to chip a tight end, or that they should have after a game is over. They must act now.

Random Bytes

Uber Offering UCF Fans Free Rides Until Knights Win a Football Game

Although the University of Central Florida football team is 0-8, this season hasn't been a total loss for Knights fans. They are at least getting some perks out of their team's poor performance.

Yahoo's Landmark Stream of Bills-Jaguars Game Will Change How We Watch Sports Forever

Yesterday’s online stream of the Bills-Jaguars game in London attracted an impressive 15.2 million unique viewers, per Yahoo Sports, which is more than every single Monday Night Football broadcast this season, including last week’s show (13.9 million) that included a world premiere of the new Star Wars trailer. Those numbers are also bested the average viewership numbers during all seven games of the 2014 World Series (13.9 million) and more than doubled ESPN’s coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft (7 million).

Ranking the most banged-up NFL teams from 1-32

Which teams have had the worst -- and best -- injury luck? With the help of NFL Nation, we rank the most injured teams in the NFL from 1-32.

Houston Texans: Ryan Mallett misses team flight for Dolphins game

Ryan Mallett missed the Houston Texans’ team flight to Miami for their game against the Dolphins on Sunday, eventually joining the Texans after flying commercial. Sports Illustrated asked a former high school principal to send a note to Ryan Mallett’s parents.

Detroit Lions fire offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, two OL coaches

The Detroit Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan hours before the team was scheduled to leave for London.