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Bengal Bytes (11/20): Loosening up

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Jermaine Gresham shared an important lesson with Tyler Eifert before he moved on to Arizona. Carson Palmer is an integral part of the Cardinals' Super Bowl hopes. Maurice Jones-Drew spoofs Tom Brady's GQ photo shoot, and Matt Forte learns the harsh reality of the NFL.

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Bengals player: Carson Palmer quit on us in 2011
An unnamed Bengals player, clearly isn't happy with the way Palmer left the organization. Palmer, who was drafted by the Bengals with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, left Cincinnati in 2011 after he reportedly requested a trade from the team. Palmer was traded to the Raiders and eventually ended up in Arizona, where he has gone 23-8 as their starter.

Breaking down Andy Dalton and the Problems of Familiarity
Through the first nine weeks of the season, Andy Dalton was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. His unexpected improvement was one of the keys to the Cincinnati Bengals’ perfect start. His struggles Monday night — just 203 yards on 44 dropbacks, plus an interception — were a big reason why Cincinnati surprisingly fell from the ranks of the unbeatens against Houston.

Hue Jackson's concerns go deeper than Cincinnati Bengals' run game
Yes, Hue Jackson thinks about the Cincinnati Bengals' running game, but he's not devoting as much time to worrying about it as you might believe. That's because the Bengals' offensive coordinator feels he has broader concerns that go deeper than how successful his team is at running the football.

While with Bengals, Jermaine Gresham taught Tyler Eifert how to loosen up
As Tyler Eifert tries to rebound from arguably the worst game of his young NFL career, he might be wise to lean this week on a lesson he learned from former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham.

Monkey-Cam: Halftime Show
See highlights from Monday Night's halftime show featuring monkeys on dogs herding sheep. The highlight includes "Monkey-Cam"! It's as awesome as you'd imagine.

Can run game spark Bengals bounce back like last season?
So was Monday's offensive performance by the Bengals an anomaly caused by penalties, drops and an overall lack of execution, or was it due to the inconsistency and ineffectiveness of the running game, and is that starting to become a trend? Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson says he believes it's the former, but the latter has been an issue in two of the last three games.

Michael Johnson, Adam Jones sit out Bengals practice
Starting cornerback Adam Jones and starting defensive end Michael Johnson were two of three Bengals players who didn't participate in Thursday's practice, while several other players who were limited participants on Wednesday were full participants on Thursday.

Bengals' Hue Jackson A Head Coaching Candidate for the Titan
The Tennessee Titans are already eyeing 2016 and beyond as they set their sites on potential head coaching candidates.

Behind Enemy Lines

Waiting to regain feeling in arms was ‘scary feeling’ for Mike Iupati
Before he collided with Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor on Sunday night, Arizona Cardinals left guard Mike Iupati had never experienced stingers on both sides of his body. One side, yes. Both sides, never. That’s when the 28-year-old got scared.

Carson Palmer Makes Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl Favorites
Bruce Arians' Arizona Cardinals weren't one of the last remaining unbeaten teams—they lost first in Week 3—but they do have one of the best records in the league. The Cardinals are 6-2 after an impressive road victory over the Seattle Seahawks last week. What stood out most from that game was the play of starting quarterback Carson Palmer.

Bengals vs. Cardinals: Full Arizona Game Preview
The Arizona Cardinals will have their hosting talents put to the test when the Cincinnati Bengals pay a visit to the desert on Sunday night. The game is the Cardinals' first home date since their October 26th matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.

Random Bytes

Maurice Jones-Drew Perfectly Recreates Tom Brady's GQ Photo Shoot
Former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew has a real talent—other than running the football, of course. Jones-Drew has the ability to recreate photo shoots as if he were actually supposed to be the one featured in them.

NFL Competition Committee Votes Compensatory Picks Can Be Traded Next Year
The NFL's competition committee reached a unanimous decision Thursday, voting that teams are permitted to trade compensatory draft picks beginning in the 2016 NFL draft.

Nashville mom offended by Cam Newton's dance on Sunday feels differently now
The Nashville, Tennessee, woman that felt Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton offended her 9-year-old daughter with his dancing in Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans feels differently now.

Jeremy Langford to replace Matt Forte on 2016 Bears?
Change happens quickly in the NFL. Sidelined two weeks with an MCL sprain, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is already fielding questions about rookie Jeremy Langford as his eventual replacement.