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Bengal Bytes (11/11): Win 'em over

With such an amazing season, it shouldn't come as a surprise the Bengals are on pace to break several records. The Texans could be without Jadeveon Clowney on Monday night. Andrew Luck will miss two to six weeks, and there are report cards out for each team at the halfway point of the season.

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Best Offense: Patriots, Bengals or Panthers?

Former NFL scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks ranks the best offenses for the remaining undefeated teams. Who do you got: New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals or Carolina Panthers?

The key to the futures of Bengals QB Andy Dalton, Panthers QB Cam Newton, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

Andy Dalton and Cam Newton look ready to make the leap. Colin Kaepernick looks like he needs to start over. What's the key to lasting greatness? The answer isn't on the field.

Cedric Ogbuehi: 'I feel good. I feel ready.'

Bengals first round draft pick Cedric Ogbuehi has been cleared to practice for the first time. "I’m just ready to get the rust out and get out there and start moving around and getting comfortable," he said. "It’s been a long time, so I’m excited to get out there and just put hands on somebody just to get the rust off."

Walkthru: Anderson sees something special in Bengals

In today’s Walkthru a Bengals legend talks about the current club, a preseason narrative is destroyed, Arsenio Hall can't find a Bengals jersey & there’s some silliness going on in the AFC North.

Booed in Cincinnati in July, Andy Dalton is winning over the fans

Infamously booed by the hometown crowd at the MLB All-Star Game in July, Andy Dalton is winning over even the most skeptical Cincy supporters by his performance during an unbeaten start. What would really seal the deal?

Andy Dalton is playing like an MVP and rewriting his career narrative

Andy Dalton has been silencing critics all season. The narrative on the Cincinnati Bengals' fifth-year quarterback entering this season said a number of negative things - he couldn't win big games, divisional games, in prime-time, in the postseason and on and on. Dalton has had a chance to answer a lot of questions already this season, and he has rewritten most of his narrative in the process.

Bengals on pace to rewrite record books

With the first half of the season now in the record books, this marks a good time to evaluate how those record books could be changing when the 2015 regular season comes to a close. The 8-0 start to the year already surpassed the best start in franchise history, but as one would expect that looks to only be the beginning of franchise records falling by the wayside. Those in charge of upkeep may want to load Andy Dalton into their cut and paste function.

Cincinnati Bengals: Second Half Preview Part One

The 2015 regular season is already halfway over, with every team now having played at least eight games. No one in the world could’ve possibly expected the Cincinnati Bengals to be 8-0 at this point of the season, but here they are. And while the Bengals have played very well, hoping for a 16-0 season is pointless and unrealistic. Cincinnati’s schedule will get more and more daunting in the second half of the season, with four more prime time games–three of which are away games. And while the Bengals have proven that they are no longer a bad prime time team, the spotlight will be on Cincinnati for the rest of the year, with skeptics needing the Bengals to prove that this team is different.

Bengals grab No. 2 spot in power rankings

If you put the numeral "2" in the blank space above, you would have been right. For the first time since Week 5 last year, the Cincinnati Bengals have risen all the way to the No. 2 spot in ESPN's weekly power rankings. Cincinnati's modest bump up came after two weeks of sitting at No. 3. Last Thursday night's impressive 31-10 win against the Browns on national television appeared to have an impact on voters, too.

Behind Enemy Lines

Jadeveon Clowney Injury: Updates on Texans Star's Back and Return

Houston Texans pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney was forced to the locker room due to a back injury suffered against the Tennessee Titans in Week 8. Following the Week 9 bye, it is uncertain if he will be ready to play against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10.

Texans linebacker Max Bullough coming off successful starting debut

When the Texans inserted Max Bullough into the starting lineup against the Tennessee Titans, he became the fourth different starting inside linebacker to line up next to veteran middle linebacker Brian Cushing. And the former two-time All-Big Ten Conference selection from Michigan State responded with a career-high seven tackles as he reacted instinctively and tackled well against the Titans.

DeAndre Hopkins, Brandon Brooks: College players have power with unity

Eight hundred and twenty miles from where they work, some Houston Texans players noticed what was happening. The University of Missouri football team went on strike, joining others in protesting a climate of racism on the campus. First a few players, then Missouri coach Gary Pinkel got involved, at which point some started to think that maybe the protest they joined would ultimately lead to the resignation of both the university's president and chancellor. It did.

Random Bytes

NFL Report Cards: Team-by-Team Grades for Week 9

It's just another cold, mundane school day in the middle of November. You may or may not have finished yesterday's homework, but you've smartly resisted using up familial social capital by faking sick. You roll out of bed, put yourself together, grab a Pop-Tart and catch the bus.

Rams sign Wes Welker despite concussions, NFL power rankings

Desperate for help on third down, the Rams signed Wes Welker despite a recent history of concussions. Is the move worth the risk for the Rams and for Welker? Plus Indianapolis is the biggest mover in this week’s Fine Fifteen

Buying or Selling the NFL's Biggest Breakout Stars of 2015

Each and every season, there are surprise additions to the NFL's elite. A player who continued to develop and realized his potential or finally had an opportunity to showcase his overall talent breaks out in a huge way.

Leonard Fournette's Family Reportedly Investigated for Potential NCAA Violation

LSU has reportedly launched an investigation into whether a short-lived website built around Leonard Fournette's catchphrase, BUGA Nation, constituted an NCAA violation.

Phil Taylor gets a look-see in Baltimore

As they prepare to emerge from their bye week, the Ravens considered allowing a former first-round pick to emerge from football exile. Per a league source, the Ravens gave former Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor a tryout on Tuesday.

Andrew Luck of Indianapolis Colts to miss 2-6 weeks with lacerated kidney

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will miss two to six weeks with a laceration in one of his kidneys and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle, coach Chuck Pagano announced Tuesday.