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Bengal Bytes (10/7): Kirkpatrick reveres Sherman

Plenty of analysis of whether the Bengals are contenders or pretenders. The Seahawks receive some optimistic news for their struggling offense. Andrew Luck plans on starting Thursday, and how well did each team do in Week 4?

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Bengals Beat Podcast: Week 5

Bengals beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski discuss the Bengals' 4-0 start to the season. Hear from linebacker Rey Maualuga and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther on the state of the defense while the offense plays as well as any in Marvin Lewis' tenure.

Marvin Lewis on Mike Nugent's misses: 'He's better than that'

If you ask Marvin Lewis or any of the Cincinnati Bengals assistant coaches, they will tell you their undefeated team is far from perfect and needs a number of specific, highly detailed corrections before Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Cincinnati Bengals: A season of hope or another set up for heartbreak?

Rolling Stone writer Michael Weinreb has asked the question on the lips of every Cincinnati Bengals fan the day after the team’s 36-21 win over the Kansas City Chiefs: "Are You Ready to Believe in the Cincinnati Bengals?"

Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick: Richard Sherman will 'elevate your game'

Richard Sherman doesn't know it, but he has taught Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick a little bit about playing the position.

Bengals can't 'take the cheese' after 4-0 start

On offense, the Bengals scored touchdowns. On defense, they held the Chiefs to field goals. That was the recipe for a 36-21 win over Kansas City on Sunday that gave Cincinnati its first 4-0 start since 2005.

The Cincinnati Bengals are a Super Bowl 50 contender

The Cincinnati Bengals are a Super Bowl contender due to a confidence that comes from having a talented roster at all positions.

Behind Enemy Lines

Russell Wilson making up for Seattle Seahawks' O-line issues

After a game in which he was sacked six times and fumbled twice, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did what he's done often during his NFL career: shouldered the blame. "Those are my fault, honestly," he said, referring specifically to the turnovers.

Seahawks Morning After: Russell Wilson has to stop turning the ball over

Warning: Blasphemy is about to ensue. In T minus three paragraphs, a slight critique of Russell Wilson will commence, so do whatever you must to prepare.

Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll optimistic that Marshawn Lynch will play

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was initially listed as questionable against the Lions on Monday, but he was ruled out the day before the game with a hamstring injury. Head coach Pete Carroll indicated after the Seahawks’ win that Lynch has a good chance of returning in Week 5 against the Bengals.

Random Bytes

NFL Power Rankings Week 5

The Bengals stay put, but more interesting is a team that remains ahead of them. Green Bay moved up to No. 2, while St. Louis rose eight spots after an upset win in Arizona.

Donte Stallworth Says Tom Brady Used to Pay Practice Squad Players for INTs

In the wake of the report that Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill belittled Dolphins practice squad players recently, former NFL wideout Donte Stallworth revealed that one of his former teammates used to reward practice squad players for making plays against him in practice.

Should the refs from Monday night be suspended? This is what Mike Pereira thinks

Considering the ramifications of that miss -- Detroit, now 0-4, should have been able to keep the ball inside the 1 and go for the win or at least tie -- should the referees be suspended?

NFL Report Cards: Team-by-Team Grades for Week 4

Week 4 began with a strange, sloppy overtime game involving missed field goals and a backup quarterback. Then it kept right on bringing them.

Andrew Luck: I’m preparing to start

Coach Chuck Pagano said that Luck, who is dealing with a right shoulder injury, was a limited participant in practice and that he threw passes while taking most of the first team reps during the session. Matt Hasselbeck, who started in place of Luck against the Jaguars last weekend, didn’t practice because of an illness.

Trent Richardson: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation on Free-Agent RB

The Bills announced they had signed Boom Herron on Tuesday, after the team reportedly brought Richardson in for a workout in the wake of injuries to LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1.