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While defenses have struggled to reach him, Andy Dalton's new sense of fashion has made him an easy target for teammates. Jadeveon Clowney will likely miss Monday night's game. Johnny Manziel is set to start against the Steelers, and predictions for every Week 10 game by beat writers for every team.

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Adam Jones' focus is at 'different level' as he leads Bengals secondary
How can a 32-year-old who has always played with a physical, intense, almost reckless abandon still look like a spry rookie? That's the question many have about Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones, who even in his advanced football age, doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Andy Dalton's Cincinnati Bengals teammates razz fashionable QB
By the end of his news conference Thursday (one in which just six of the 22 questions asked were football-related) the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback was all but begging reporters to get back on task and ask him about something he felt mattered more -- Monday night's game against the Houston Texans.

8-0 suits popular Bengals
The 2015 Bengals officially went from the sports pages to pop culture this week when Dalton got more questions about his hair than J.J. Watt’s hair-raising pass rushes. And then there is defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry, the future commissioner of Baldwin County in Alabama and the keeper of the Bengals’ fashion style points. Gilberry has more local businesses in his hometown than a Kiwanis lunch and he’s about to add a clothing store to suit his discerning tastes.

Texans vs. Bengals: Full Cincinnati Game Preview
Already perhaps one of the league's most talked-about teams, the Cincinnati Bengals head to prime time again in Week 10 for a Monday Night Football encounter with the Houston Texans. Call it quite a different vibe around this Bengals-Texans matchup. In recent years, Houston had knocked off Cincinnati when it mattered most, but this time there's little doubt that the Bengals can take down a beatable adversary.

Smith again doesn't practice for Bengals; Zeitler goes full
After not being able to participate in practice on Thursday, Bengals right tackle Andre Smith was also unable of taking part in Friday's practice as the team continued preparations for Monday night's game against the Houston Texans in Paul Brown Stadium.

Behind Enemy Lines

My aching back: Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney out for second day in a row
Clowney is still dealing with stiffness and pain in his lower back and is regarded as a major question mark for Monday night’s road game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s a muscular injury as tests have determined there was no structural damage. Clowney attempted to practice Wednesday, but had issues with his lower back crop up.

With Jadeveon Clowney likely out, another chance for Whitney Mercilus
The Texans employ a three-man rotation at outside linebacker, but Whitney Mercilus has often been their odd man out. His playing time decreases dramatically when fellow outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is playing.

Bengals, not Texans, the team with momentum now
The Cincinnati Bengals have been the strangest of franchises through their nearly 50 seasons, enigmatically zigzagging back and forth between near greatness and abject incompetence. Founded by Paul Brown, the ahead-of-his-time coaching genius whose stone visage would be on a football Mount Rushmore if one existed, the Bengals reached two Super Bowls in the 1980s, then went 14 seasons - as many as the Texans have played in their brief history - from 1991 through 2004 without bettering .500 while losing at least 10 games nine times.

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College game breeding next-generation play schemes
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Cleveland Browns expected to start Johnny Manziel against Pittsburgh Steelers
The Browns are expected to start Johnny Manziel against the Steelers on Sunday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Earlier, Browns coach Mike Pettine would not name a starting quarterback for what he described as competitive reasons.

Week 10 predictions: New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers to win
NFL Nation reporters pick New England, Carolina and Green Bay to pick up big Week 10 wins. See what they have to say about the Bengals' matchup.

2016 NFL Draft Scouting Notebook for Week 10
The people of Lincoln, Nebraska, are very proud of two things: their football team and their chicken-fried steak. Both were amazing when I was in town to scout the Michigan State vs. Nebraska game last weekend. Coming off that trip, this week's Notebook will lean heavily toward the Big Ten matchup, but also the news and notes I collected throughout the week.