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Andy Dalton won the AFC Offensive Player of the Month award. Why are the Steelers struggling with defending opposing tight ends. Weird Al makes a sports parody, and the 49ers are a mess.

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Once 'injury prone,' Tyler Eifert is now Bengals' 'iron man'

With a healthy and productive 2015 campaign, Tyler Eifert is on his way to shedding the dubious "injury prone" label. As a former first-round pick who struggled to stay on the field, Eifert endured the wrath of frustrated Cincinnati Bengals fans his first two years.

Ranking the NFL's top 3 receiving groups

Which NFL quarterback has the best set of targets to throw at? Cris Collinsworth breaks down Pro Football Focus’ top three receiving corps through seven weeks, from Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots to A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals.

5 Best RB Tandems | NFL Week 8

Which team own the best one-two punch out of the backfield? Bernard-Hill? Lynch-Rawls? Bell-Williams? Ben Stockwell gives the top RB tandems in the NFL.

Prisco's Week 8 NFL Picks: Broncos nip Packers, Bengals hold off Steelers

The Bengals are coming off a bye as an undefeated team. The Steelers will get back Ben Roethlisberger. If the Bengals are to stake a true claim of being a changed team, one capable of winning the big ones, this is a must-win. They will get after Roethlisberger with their rush, which will force some takeaways. Bengals take it.

NFL | Bengals: Carlos Dunlap’s maturation helps him become more complete player

The location of Carlos Dunlap’s locker, next to a door leading to a hallway and nearby exit at Paul Brown Stadium, always has allowed the Bengals defensive end to be a wisp of smoke.

The Secret Behind the Bengals’ 6-0 Start

Think about something at your job that you do every day that requires the help of another person. If you’re on TV or radio, think of your co-host. If you’re a lawyer, think of your assistant or paralegal. If you work at Starbucks, think of the barista making lattes next to you.

Weekly AP NFL picks: Will Bengals go to 7-0 for first time?

Each Thursday by 1 p.m. at you will find the weekly NFL picks by long-time Associated Press reporter Barry Wilner. Here are this week's selections starting with Thursday night's Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots game:

Doc's TML: Bengals ready for desperate Steelers

Pittsburgh Week! proceeds apace, and you know it's big by looking under M.Lewis' eyes. The bags are bigger than a Hilton Head condo. No rest for the undefeated. In other Week! news, The Men do not see this game as a Measuring Stick or a Proving Ground or any other nonsensical descriptive Chicken Little fans would like to put to it. When I asked Adam Jones about the mood this Week!, he said, "Same old (stuff), man.'' That about summed it up.

Andy Dalton picks up AFC offensive player of the month

The NFL got Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton a pretty nice birthday present. Dalton turns 28 on Thursday and he’ll be able to celebrate that milestone along with being named the AFC’s top offensive player in October.

Walkthru: Burfict to return to Bengals practice today

The Enquirer has confirmed that Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict will return to practice for the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday afternoon. He received medical clearance to resume activities from his surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, during a trip to California earlier in the week.

Behind Enemy Lines

Gene Collier: Bell holds no grudges vs. Bengals, but might well hold key to their Sunday meeting

Le’Veon Bell is not bitter about the hit from Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson that wound up ending Bell’s and the Steelers’ season. No one is going to risk a hyper-extended imagination coming up with perfectly plausible reasons that the Cincinnati Bengals will buff their record to 7-0 Sunday at Heinz Field.

Why can’t the Steelers stop tight ends?

A hot topic of debate throughout the 2015 season has revolved around the Pittsburgh Steelers’ inability  to defend opposing tight ends.  A dominant Week 1 performance by Rob Gronkowski set the tone, but since then Pittsburgh has been exposed by Antonio Gates, Travis Kelce and even Vernon Davis. Cincinnati and their talented tight end Tyler Eifert come to Pittsburgh this Sunday, opening the doors for perhaps another big-time performance from an opposing tight end.

Steelers corners take edge to Bengals: 'We were nobody's first pick'

The Steelers’ cornerback lineup features a player who didn’t survive the first round of cuts in Buffalo (Ross Cockrell), an undrafted free agent (Antwon Blake), a corner acquired in a trade who rarely plays (Brandon Boykin) and a veteran who was released by the Cardinals in 2013 (William Gay). That’s not counting safety Will Allen, who was cut by the Cowboys and has spent much of his 12-year career as a utility safety, not a full-time starter.

Random Bytes

Weird Al parodies every sports press conference cliche

Weird Al Yankovic is well known for his parodies of pop songs but he has turned his attention to a new target in his latest video, mocking the parade of cliches that is the postgame press conference

Halloween treat: Martellus Bennett scares people at local Fright Fest

Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett got in the Halloween spirit last weekend, dressing in full costume at Six Flags Great America’s annual Fright Fest in suburban Chicago. Bennett played two characters over the course of the evening: a scary clown and a cloaked figure.

Why so Much Hate for the NFL's Young Quarterbacks?

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be quarterbacks. Colin Kaepernick sits isolated in the 49ers locker room "on an island," according to the money phrase of Jay Glazer's insider report at Fox Sports, his team reportedly grumbling about him in closed-door meetings, his coach making the whole thing sound like a scene from The Godfather. It's easy to imagine Kaepernick shrouded in moody Michael Corleone darkness or cast as Hamlet, muttering to dead King Harbaugh and suspicious of everyone around him.

Todd Gurley named October’s top offensive rookie

When the Rams took Todd Gurley in the first round of the draft this year, he became the first player at the position to go in the first round since 2012.

Report: Vernon Davis, Joe Staley squared off over Kaepernick

Earlier this week, Matt Maiocco of reported that a players-only meeting took a negative turn over criticism of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. We now know who the key players in that players-only meeting were. Maiocco confirms that tight end Vernon Davis called out Kaepernick and tackle Joe Staley took up for his quarterback. Per Maiocco, the "exchange became heated and may have even gotten physical."