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Bengal Bytes (11/10): Perfect adjusting

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The Bengals have a long road ahead in the next eight games. The Texans are impressed with Andy Dalton. Blaine Gabbert will get another start for the 49ers, and the Patriots have lost Dion Lewis for the season.

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Bengals begin long, pivotal stretch run toward the 'ultimate prize'
The first half of the season could not have gone much better for the Bengals. Now they look to keep it going and set up a playoff push.

Cincinnati Bengals' Carlos Dunlap eyeing Michael Strahan's sack record
One of Carlos Dunlap's first orders of business when he arrived at Paul Brown Stadium as a second-round draft pick in 2010 was to peruse the Cincinnati Bengals' record books. He wanted to know two things: who had the team's single-season sack record, and how many sacks did he have?

Notes: Ogbuehi set to practice; Winston dons a few hats; Iloka appeals fine
A total of 194 days after the Bengals took Texas A&M left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi with the 21st pick in the draft, he’ll practice for the first time Tuesday when they begin preparations for the Texans a week from Monday (8:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 ESPN) at Paul Brown Stadium. Such is the word from Andrew Whitworth, the starting left tackle.

Cincinnati Bengals ignore 16-0 talk, say goal is 'perfect postseason'
Bengals players are very well aware of the talk of an undefeated season building around them, but they contend their focus is on the 2015 Houston Texans and not the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

Behind Enemy Lines

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien praises 8-0 Bengals, QB Andy Dalton
There's still another week before the Texans and Bengals face off, but the Bengals have Texans coach Bill O'Brien's full attention. "They’re 8-0 for a reason," O'Brien said. "One of the reasons why is their front is a very strong front, [Carlos] Dunlap, [Michael] Johnson, Geno Atkins, one of the best 3-techniques in the league, so it’s a big challenge.

Houston Texans CB Kareem Jackson likely out against Cincinnati Bengals
The Houston Texans got healthier during their bye week, but they probably will still be without cornerback Kareem Jackson, coach Bill O'Brien said. Jackson has missed two games since spraining his ankle in Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Texans turn their attention to Cincinnati
The Texans returned from the bye on Monday as head coach Bill O'Brien and the team began their preparation for the season's toughest challenge yet in the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.

NFL Bytes

Minnesota Vikings grab share of NFC North lead; NFL Week 9 review | The MMQB with Peter King
An unorthodox decision in OT helps Minnesota win its fourth straight and grab a share of the NFC North lead. Plus, Greg Hardy, Marcus Mariota, Week 9 player awards and much more

Monday Morning Hangover: An Anarchist's Guide to the Wild-Card Race
So the Colts beat the Broncos, who cruised last week against the Packers, who lost to a Panthers team Sunday that needed extended overtime to beat the Colts on Monday night?  That's not normal football, even in the "any given Sunday" NFL. It's a weird four-way version of rock, paper, scissors. It's anarchy.

Blaine Gabbert Named 49ers' Starting QB vs. Seahawks
The Blaine Gabbert era is continuing in San Francisco. According to Taylor Price of the team's official website on Monday, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula named Gabbert his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, all but ending the notion that Colin Kaepernick's benching was a short-term fix.

Dion Lewis of New England Patriots has torn ACL
New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis has a torn ACL, sources confirmed to ESPN, and will miss the rest of the season. An MRI performed Monday revealed the full extent of the running back's injury. The Boston Globe earlier reported Lewis' diagnosis.

Aqib Talib of Denver Broncos suspended 1 game for eye poke
Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended by the NFL for one game for poking Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the right eye in the closing minutes of Denver's 27-24 loss on Sunday.