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Bengal Bytes (11/12): Zimmer blows up

A big part of Monday night's game will rely on whether the Bengals can contain J.J. Watt, again. Jadeveon Clowney returns to practice. Listen to Mike Zimmer's reaction to the hit on Teddy Bridgewater, and an evaluation of Johnny Manziel's performance against the Bengals.

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Can Bengals re-create magic against J.J. Watt?
In the final 11 games of last season, J.J. Watt managed at least one sack every time out but one. Over the span, in fact, he racked up 18.5 sacks. Not only was that an incredible run during the year, but only 18 players in NFL history have managed that many sacks in an entire season.

Bengals Walkthru: Kirkpatrick the patience guinea pig
Another fun night on Beyond The Stripes last night, this week Dre Kirkpatrick came to Moerlein Lager House as our guest. We talked about how his year evolved to this point, his first opening as a regular starter.

Bengals first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi 'half a mountain' from playing
The Cincinnati Bengals knew way back in the spring when they selected Cedric Ogbuehi with their first-round draft pick that it would be a while before they actually saw him compete in any kind of capacity. That day finally came Tuesday.

Who is A.J. Green? Cincinnati Bengals dish on (mostly) silent superstar
You have to watch closely to see, but each of the mainstream commercials A.J. Green has appeared in this past year feature something in common. In them, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver doesn't open his mouth; not even once.

Bengals work out three wide receivers
The Bengals worked out wide receivers DeVier Posey, Colin Lockett and Donte Foster on Wednesday, a source told PFT.

Who Dey heats up in TV ratings and Pro Bowl vote
How hot is Who Dey? This hot: The 8-0 Bengals not only stretched The Streak to 160 Thursday night against the Browns, they pulled the highest home market TV rating in the NFL with a 44.8 during a week the league average was 29.0. The 44.8, which beat New Orleans by a point and Green Bay by 1.2, indicates the percentage of market households tuned to the game, including those not watching TV at the time. The Sunday night game drew 34.5 in Philadelphia and 32.8 in Dallas, good for 10th and 11th, respectively.

LOOK: Bengals fan gets crazy, paints his house to look like team's helmet
The Bengals are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history, so understandably, there are a lot of excited people in Cincinnati -- and sometimes, excited people do crazy things. Take Jeffery Gebhart for instance. The long-time Bengals fan is so excited about the team's undefeated start that he decided to paint his house to look like a Bengals helmet. If you've ever seen a Bengals helmet, then you know that this paint job is much easier said than done.

Behind Enemy Lines

Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice Wednesday
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.

Insider Buzz: 4 Teams Expected to Have Interest in Stafford If Lions Move on
With the Lions' season in free fall and quarterback Matthew Stafford's future in Detroit uncertain, there's been a growing amount of buzz surrounding whether the former No. 1 overall pick could end up elsewhere next season.

Texans' Charles James: Special teams players need 'dark mentality'
In the past few weeks, the Houston Texans' special teams have improved tremendously. The addition of two players has undoubtedly helped -- linebacker Brian Peters and cornerback Charles James.

Random Bytes

For NFL Fans, 'Concussion' Movie Will Be Heartbreaking, Enlightening, Disturbing
There is a scene in the movie Concussion—which I saw Wednesday at a sneak preview in Manhattan—where former Chicago Bears defensive back Dave Duerson and former Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Andre Waters get into a heated exchange outside the NFL's offices in Manhattan. The scene, quite frankly, brought tears to my eyes. I knew both men.

Watch: Mike Zimmer reacts to Teddy Bridgewater hit
An unhappy Mike Zimmer scowled at the podium Sunday after watching his starting quarterback get bounced from the game following an illegal hit. The in-game reaction of the Vikings' coach was far more NSFW.

NFL Nation: Revised record predictions for every team
With all teams having played at least eight games, NFL Nation reporters revise their team's predicted record from the preseason.

Johnny Manziel of Cleveland Browns admits he missed plays in Week 9 loss to Cincinnati Bengals
Johnny Manziel admitted he missed the chance for some easy throws in the Cleveland Browns' Week 9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. "I think I did some good things," Manziel said Wednesday as the Browns prepared for their next game Sunday in Pittsburgh. "And I think there were some things that were there that I didn't see or I just missed a little bit."