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Bengal Bytes (11/16): Monkeying around on Monday

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Andy Dalton deflects praise toward his teammates, the Texans' head coach might be abandoning ship for fairer seas. Denver drops another game and the Patriots lost one of their top offensive weapons on Sunday.

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Andy Dalton credits offense's health for his deep-passing success
The numbers said that Andy Dalton had struggled over the years with consistently passing deep downfield. The numbers are saying something different now.

5 things to watch, consider for Texans game and a prediction
Here are five things to watch, consider and take note about for Monday's Bengals game against the Houston Texans, which will kickoff at 8:30 p.m. in Paul Brown Stadium, and my prediction at the bottom.

A Monkey Will Ride A Dog Tomorrow Night At Paul Brown Stadium!
What has been rumored for a couple of days has just been confirmed by Tim "Wild Thing" Lepard himself.... Also, the Bengals will try for their ninth straight win

Lights shine on undefeated Bengals
With the bright lights trained on Paul Brown Stadium for the second straight game Monday (8:30 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 5 and ESPN), the 8-0 Bengals begin their second-half push for even more national recognition when they try to keep relentless J.J. Watt and his 3-5 Texans at bay. The Bengals.com Media Roundtable calls it resoundingly for Cincinnati in its bid to set the franchise record with a ninth straight regular-season victory.

Will the Bengals' winning spur ticketing changes?
The Cincinnati Bengals' 8-0 start has energized Who Dey Nation about the team's post-season prospects. But the undefeated performance is spurring discussions within the front office that could reshape how much fans pay to see games at Paul Brown Stadium.

Finally full strength, Bengals D aims to shine in primetime
As the national radar repeatedly pings on elements of the Cincinnati Bengals offense that have driven the franchise-best 8-0 start – Andy Dalton’s hot hand, Tyler Eifert’s emergence, A.J. Green’s sustained supremacy – the defense has gone largely undetected. But that could change tonight when the Bengals return to the primetime stage to face the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football.

Behind Enemy Lines

Report: Bill O’Brien interested in Maryland job
Throughout a difficult second year for Texans coach Bill O’Brien, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle repeatedly has said on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio that owner Bob McNair won’t fire O’Brien after the season. But maybe O’Brien will decide to walk away.

2015 Houston Texans Midseason Report: A Look Inside The Numbers - Battle Red Blog
Football is a complicated game. It's difficult to understand what's going on. The best way to grasp the action is to combine the numbers and film to create the best inferences you can. After eight games, we now have a decent sample size to dive into as it related to the 2015 Houston Texans. So let's take what we have seen and mix it with the cold, soulless numbers to better understand the last two months of madness.

Random Bytes

Peyton Manning of Denver Broncos pulled on same day he sets NFL record for yards
With just over six minutes left in the third quarter of Sunday's 29-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak decided enough was enough, and he sat quarterback Peyton Manning and inserted Brock Osweiler into the lineup.

Julian Edelman of New England Patriots to have surgery to repair broken left foot
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will undergo surgery for a broken bone in his left foot, sources tell ESPN. There is hope Edelman will return this season.

Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy Face Unsettling Reality as Title Hopes Begin Fading
Jordy Nelson will miss the entire season. Eddie Lacy and the running game have been completely ineffective. The protection has been questionable, and the defense and kicking have been unreliable throughout this three-game losing streak.

First-Place Vikings Are for Real Behind Adrian Peterson, Smothering Defense
There is no secret to how the first-place Minnesota Vikings—who beat the Oakland Raiders by a 30-14 final on Sunday—have gone about winning football games this season.  Call it a blueprint, a recipe, a template, whatever. It doesn't matter. Winners of five straight, the Vikings have now leapfrogged the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North by running the football with Adrian Peterson and unleashing Mike Zimmer's smothering defense.

Cam: Don't like dancing? Keep me out of end zone
Cam Newton keeps scoring and keeps winning. And other teams can't find anything else to whine about other than his celebrations. Newton had a particularly lengthy dance after scoring a touchdown to put Sunday's 27-10 win in Tennessee out of reach, which angered Titans linebacker Avery Williamson. Newton's response to Williamson was to hilariously bust out a few more moves in response.