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Bengal Bytes (11/19): Not another game

Could Sunday's game be a Super Bowl 50 preview? Carson Palmer acknowledges the significance of the matchup against the team that made him a number one overall draft pick. Barack Obama shares his thoughts on Roger Goodell's salary.

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North Notes: Bengals, Lions, Mathis
"I have an odd feeling for Carson Palmer," Brown told Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. "I like Carson Palmer personally. I did when he was here. I regret it broke apart the way it did. I don’t want him to beat us any more than he wants us to beat him. I’m sure that will be in the back of his mind. But other than that, I wish him well. I think he is a great passer. He really is. He’s a special passer, very accurate. I look at him play and I see the player that we had when he was here. When he’s on and playing the way he can play, he is a big-time winning quarterback."

Exclusive Q&A: Bengals owner Mike Brown knows his team will be judged by playoff wins and losses
As the patriarch of one of the few remaining family-owned teams whose sole business focus is football, Mike Brown is considered part of the "old wave" of NFL owners. But while being the son of legendary NFL innovator Paul Brown has helped shape his view of the league, Brown isn't living in the past. His Cincinnati Bengals are 8-1 and rolling toward a fifth consecutive playoff appearance.

NFL’s biggest movers: Bengals choke in prime time; Steelers and Chiefs have new life
The Bengals lost their bid for an undefeated season when the Houston Texans beat them on Monday Night Football by a score of 10-6. In other words, in a huge game in front of a national audience, Andy Dalton and company couldn’t score a single touchdown, adding to the narrative he can’t produce in prime time.

Cincinnati Bengals' weak fan support could hurt dynamic pricing plans
The Cincinnati Bengals’ lack of sellouts could make it tough to introduce dynamic pricing. This is the first year the NFL has allowed dynamic pricing. Eight teams, including Bengals division rivals the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers, have already jumped on board with dynamic pricing this year.

Could Bengals-Cardinals in prime time be a Super Bowl 50 preview?
Very few in the Queen City probably want to hear this right now, but their Cincinnati Bengals (8-1) still have a Super Bowl buzz about them, despite Monday night's loss to the Houston Texans.

Which Sunday night team is more likely to hit on big plays?
Both of the teams who will play on Sunday night in Arizona like to get the ball down the field. And that gives us a way to advance the ball on the daily Pro Football Talk on NBCSN poll question. Which of the two teams will be more likely to hit on big plays — the Cardinals or the Bengals?

Hey, Andy Dalton: 'Lighten up Francis'
Because Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt used a movie reference to teasingly diss Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton following Monday night's game between the teams, I will use one for Dalton as well, "Lighten up, Francis."

Behind Enemy Lines

Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer goes inside a game plan for MMQB
Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals allowed The MMQB inside the installation of the game plan for their Week 8 meeting with the Browns. How does a QB absorb and apply so much complexity—nearly 200 plays, plus all of their possible permutations and adjustments—in less than a week? Commitment and confidence help—and so does virtual reality.

Monday update: Cardinals' Bruce Arians says no chance of letdown vs. Bengals
The Cardinals enjoyed a "Victory Monday" off day following their cathartic 39-32 road win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night, but that's about all the rest they'll get. Arizona will be back in prime time next weekend, facing off against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football.

Carson Palmer on matchup with Bengals: 'It's not just another game'
When Carson Palmer faces his old team Sunday night, he won't be going through the motions of any ordinary game. "When you play against a former team, it's not just another game," Palmer said Wednesday on a conference call with Cincinnati Bengals media. "There's definitely a lot on this one for me in particular."

Random Bytes

Obama is amazed by Goodell’s compensation
The President of the United States makes $400,000 per year. Commissioner Roger Goodell makes a lot more than that. The current American president has noticed the disparity.

Top 5 offenses in the NFL through Week 10
Okay, so if you’d only seen MNF this week, you’d wonder if I need to visit an optometrist. However, the Cincinnati offense is a group with no real weaknesses that sometimes you just wish would simply line up and play football.

Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks | Week 11 | Pro Football Focus
Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo updates the top 10 NFL QB rankings, diving into some of the most compelling performances and grades through Week 10.

Kirk Cousins, Von Miller among players who must be re-signed
Given that we're in the thick of the NFL season, free agency seems especially far away. But the franchise-shaping decisions that will come this offseason will be based in large part on what's transpiring on the field right now. So in the interest of looking at both the future and the present simultaneously, I've compiled a list of six pending free agents who must be retained by their current teams -- and six who should be allowed to walk away.

NFL Week 11 Rookie Rankings: Surveying Rookie Class, Post-Week 10
The 10th week of the NFL season is in the books, which leaves us more than halfway through the 17-week schedule. Rookies have either carved a role out, or are fighting to make an impact before the season ends. Our weekly rookie rankings continue to change based off recent play.