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The Bengals make history with their first 7-0 start in franchise history. The Steelers will likely lose Le'Veon Bell for the season. A Tampa Bay linebacker plays with a heavy heart, and the 49ers' fans' outcry against Colin Kaepernick grows louder.

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Andy Dalton leads Cincinnati Bengals' comeback drive, first 7-0 start - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
The emergence of a Cincinnati run game proved to be key in the Bengals' game-winning drive. After throwing two interceptions early in the second half, including one in the end zone to stop a promising late-game drive, Dalton tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 2:57 left that gave Cincinnati its first lead of the game.

Quick hits: Dalton standing at end; Tez snaps to it; Mitchell wakes up Green
PITTSBURGH - The Bengals went to 7-0 for the first time in their history with an ugly but beautiful 16-10 victory over the Steelers Sunday at Heinz Field that showcased what they’ve showcased all year.

Cincinnati Bengals Must Rediscover Running Game to Keep Undefeated Streak Alive
The last thing the Cincinnati Bengals need is change, right? Maybe. After Sunday's 16-10 escape against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road to move to 7-0, a mark no Bengals team had ever hit before, it's hard to argue that head coach Marvin Lewis needs to change things up.

Wake-up call carries Bengals receiver Green
The last time A.J. Green visited Heinz Field, he didn't finish. Steelers safety Mike Mitchell delivered a hit last December that knocked Green from the game, left him concussed and forced the Bengals wideout to fumble away a chance to win. It hurt in more ways than one.

Comeback Win over Pittsburgh Signals Huge Difference for Andy Dalton, Bengals
This year's Cincinnati Bengals aren't the same old Bengals.  While this statement had a completely different connotation prior to head coach Marvin Lewis' arrival, the team still wasn't viewed positively entering this season. Four straight opening-round playoff losses tend to do that to one's image.

Reggie Nelson up, Russell Bodine down in Cincinnati Bengals' win - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
A look at Cincinnati Bengals players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vontaze Burfict starts for first time, has impact for Bengals

It took Vontaze Burfict very little time to make an impact Sunday for the Cincinnati Bengals. Actually, it took only one play. As Burfict received his first start in about a year, the Pro Bowl linebacker wasted very little time to start collecting tackles. He did so on the opening snap, bringing down Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell for a 1-yard gain. It was the first of four tackles Burfict would have on Bell.

Bengals' defense takes center stage

For all the stories written about the unprecedented run to 7-0 for the Bengals this season, the vast majority center around the rise of Andy Dalton and emergence of a dominant offense. And rightfully so. Ranking in the top five in nearly every relevant offensive category demands the pub. On Sunday at Heinz Field, a Bengals' defense which has never ranked lower than 12th in points allowed per game the last four seasons reminded the NFL this team owns much more than just an explosive offense.

Behind Enemy Lines

DeAngelo Williams' Daughters Let NFL Know They Can't Be Fined for Wearing Pink
The NFL may not allow Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams to wear pink during games outside of October, but the league has no control over what Williams' daughters wear. And the girls aren't afraid to let the NFL know that.

Steelers players accuse Vontaze Burfict of celebrating Le'Veon Bell's injury
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell sustained a knee injury when he was tackled by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in Sunday's game. The injury looked bad, and the Steelers are currently awaiting further results to determine the extent of his injury. But several Steelers players believe Burfict reacted inappropriately after making the tackle.

Ben Roethlisberger is rusty in Pittsburgh Steelers' loss to Bengals
If you had Ben Roethlisberger throwing back-to-back fourth-quarter interceptions in your Bengals-Steelers script, your free T-shirt is on its way. Roethlisberger looked like a guy who just missed a month of football in a 16-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but his physical play wasn't the problem. He didn't look hobbled coming off that sprained MCL and bone bruise. He just seemed completely out of rhythm during parts of the game and tried to force plays unnecessarily as a result.

Le'Veon Bell of Pittsburgh Steelers tears MCL, likely out for rest of 2015 season
Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell "badly tore" his right MCL after his knee was bent backward on a tackle and is likely to miss the rest of the 2015 season, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Random Bytes

Week 8 fantasy winners and losers: Drew Brees shines, Andy Dalton struggles - NFL
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton looked Green's way 17 times on Sunday against the Steelers. That's the fourth-highest total of Green's prolific career. He parlayed his opportunities into 17 fantasy points (11 catches, 118 yards and a touchdown). It breaks a mini-slump for Green, in which he had scored 18 points total over his previous three games.

Kwon Alexander plays Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starring defensive role with a heavy heart
Kwon Alexander excelled for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in their upset win over the Atlanta Falcons, and the rookie linebacker did it with the heaviest of hearts less than 48 hours after his 17-year-old brother was killed.

Winners and Losers of NFL Week 8
Week 8 of the 2015 NFL season yielded some standout individual and team performances. Others, however, fell somewhere at the opposite end of the spectrum. Who made a statement this weekend? Which teams need to go back to the drawing board in Week 9? Watch as Adam Lefkoe and Bleacher Report NFL analyst Chris Simms break down the winners and losers of Week 8 in the video above.

Insider Buzz: 49ers Players Want Kaepernick Benched; Needs to 'Clear His Head'
Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers are a far cry from where they were in Super Bowl XLVII, staring at a 2-6 record through 2015 Week 8 of the NFL season. Is it time for him to sit? Does this spell the end of Kaepernick as a 49er? Watch as Bleacher Report NFL insider Jason Cole discusses what he heard from the 49ers after the game.