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Bengal Bytes (10/3): Turn up the heat

A key to winning Sunday for the Bengals is applying pressure to Alex Smith, and both teams know it. A few under the radar players on the Chiefs could make an impact Sunday. Which NFL owner is the best suited to be a Bond villain?

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Notes: With Iloka doubtful, Williams poised; No rain predicted

The Bengals are facing the best running back and best tight end they’ve opposed this season when they play the Chiefs Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium with what very well could be a safety making his first NFL start.

What's the difference for Andy Dalton?

Different. Comfortable. Such adjectives rarely go together. But sometimes, one can lead to the other. Flip it around, for instance: Comfortable. Different. The tie becomes a little clearer. If you're comfortable, perhaps something will change. Comfort, usually, brings happiness – so the change it creates should be positive.

Bengals' Jeremy Hill: 'Winning all that matters'

Bengals running back Jeremy Hill hasn’t duplicated the phenomenal run from the final nine weeks of his rookie season. Quite the opposite, actually. Despite averaging only three yards per carry and spending the conclusion of the last two games watching Giovani Bernard take the snaps at running back he’s not letting personal struggles get in the way.

Decisiveness a key trait powering Andy Dalton's hot start

Andy Dalton has always had a quick-trigger release, often getting the ball from the center and to his pass-catchers at rates significantly faster than other quarterbacks. But this season, there has been something else to go along with that rapid-fire release that could be a key reason for the Cincinnati Bengals signal-caller's hot start this year.

Why the Cincinnati Bengals will keep Jeremy Hill as their starting RB

When compared, two numbers indicate a far different story than the one Cincinnati Bengals coaches have been telling. But the numbers 51 and 26 -- the snaps Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill played, respectively, last week -- don't paint the complete picture concerning the nuances of a running back rotation that suddenly isn't as black and white as many believed.

Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton Won't Fold in the Playoffs This Year

Have you noticed Andy Dalton lately? No, not the playoff-choking Dalton. I think that Dalton is dead. Not the Dalton who quarterbacks for the Bengals. We used to know them as the Bungles. The paper-bag franchise. That image is also old, deader than dial-up.

Down-home D-line hopes to crowd Chiefs

Bengals nose tackle Domata Peko has to be happy heading into Friday morning’s practice. Not only did he want the Ravens to beat the Steelers Thursday night, another version of his defensive line that dominates in the cozy confines of Paul Brown Stadium is digging in for another home stand Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) against the Chiefs.

Andy Dalton knows what he's doing, finally

Are the Bengals another red herring in the AFC playoff landscape this year? Right now, it feels like we're all trying to figure that out, and basically, it comes down to one variable: Andy Dalton.

Behind Enemy Lines

Will Alex Smith and Kansas City Chiefs be ready for Cincinnati Bengals blitz?

The Kansas City Chiefs' Doug Pederson made a comment this week that stood out to me. Talking about what the Packers defense did in the first half vs. what they did in the second half (not much difference, he said), see what the Chiefs offensive coordinator had to say.

After first NFL reception, Chiefs’ Chris Conley wants more

Don’t get him wrong. Chris Conley was happy to record his first NFL reception, and a nice one at that, over the middle for 16 yards on Monday against the Packers. The Chiefs were making their late run, trailing by 16, and the drive would result in a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, sealing Green Bay’s 38-28 victory. "It was a good moment, I wouldn’t say momentous moment," Conley said. "You play the game to win, and we didn’t it done."

The Kansas City Chiefs have responded at the right time before

The Kansas City Chiefs are 1-2 on the season and another loss would put a serious dent in their playoff hopes. They have had their backs against the wall like this before, and they have responded in the past.

This stat shows Chiefs' Jaye Howard is a run stopping machine

It was pointed out last week from MNChiefsfan that Jaye Howard is turning into a monster, especially in the run game. Pro Football Focus released this stat that shows just how much of a monster he has become

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Ranking NFL owners as Bond villains

There's a lot that goes into being a compelling villain in a James Bond film. You need to convey cunning, heartlessness, and just a tinge of insanity, and you also have to look the part. While there are a variety of ways you can pull off the appearance of Insane Criminal Mastermind, some NFL owners are better suited to be Bond villains than other. We rank them by that metric below.

Steve Smith: Ravens WR blames Mike Mitchell for hit by Timmons

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said that Mike Mitchell is on his "lifetime hit list" for a spear that was actually committed by Lawrence Timmons.

The best individual matchups of Week 4 in the NFL.

In this week's Matchup Spotlight, a weekly column closely examining several one-on-one battles, we take a deep dive on A.J. Green vs. Marcus Peters, Sam Bradford vs. the Washington secondary, and Kyle Fuller vs. Amari Cooper.

Oklahoma football: Former Sooner great battling ALS | News OK

Today, Rickey Dixon weighs around 130 pounds, can only walk a short distance on his own and has trouble talking.

Michael Vick: That last pass will haunt me

Steelers quarterback Michael Vick threw an incomplete pass intended for Antonio Brown on Pittsburgh’s last offensive play, a fourth-and-1 in overtime. After the Ravens kicked the game-winning field goal on the subsequent possession, Vick had a hard time getting over the pass he missed.