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The Bengals face a steep task defensively without Adam Jones. Frostee Rucker doesn't appreciate everyone just now noticing how well he's playing. Colin Kaepernick gets put on Injured/Reserve and will be undergoing shoulder surgery next week. And, Jameis Winston threatens to sue a major television network.

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Stakes high for Bengals-Cards
In a game with more storylines than Netflix, the 8-1 Bengals look to the script that has made them one of the NFL’s most feared teams when they meet one of the best the NFC has to offer in Sunday’s premier game of the day.

5 things to watch, consider for Cardinals game and a prediction
Here are five things to watch, consider and take note about for Sunday's Bengals game at the Arizona Cardinals, which will kick off at 8:30 p.m. in University of Phoenix Stadium, and my prediction at the bottom

Cincinnati Bengals' defense out for legitimacy vs. Cardinals offense
The Cincinnati Bengals (8-1) are headed back on the road at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday when they close out a three-week stretch of prime-time games. They are meeting the Arizona Cardinals (7-2) at University of Phoenix Stadium. Here are things to watch for during the game

Pacman Jones, Michael Johnson likely to miss Sunday night’s game
The Bengals have been without two starters only once in nine games this season. The next game with two absent starters likely is coming in Arizona on Sunday night. Cornerback Pacman Jones and defensive end Michael Johnson are officially listed as doubtful. It means there’s only a 25-percent chance either guy will play.

Head2Head: Palmer, Dalton bring Bengals past, present together in the desert
When the Bengals drafted Andy Dalton in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Carson Palmer was still their starting quarterback. The Bengals were coming off a 4-12 season and Palmer no longer wanted to be in Cincinnati. Bengals owner Mike Brown denied a trade request, but eventually dealt the disgruntled quarterback to the Raiders.

LOOK: Bengals players get stuck on elevator in Arizona hotel
The Bengals trip to Arizona got off to a rough start on Friday for Adam Jones and two of his teammates. After the team plane landed in Arizona, Jones, Giovani Bernard and Margus Hunt decided to do something that most normal people do: They got in an elevator at the team hotel.

Doc's TML: Desert test too much for Bengals?
Who's really good? The first eight-10 games don't always show it. Lots of clubs have soared from, say, 5-4 to do January damage. The last six or so is where they earn their money. And that's where we are now. So who's really good?

Bengals vs. Cardinals: What's the Game Plan for Cincinnati?
There isn't much to panic about when it comes to the 8-1 Bengals after a loss in which sloppy execution ruled the day. But a trip to the desert to take on the 7-2 Cardinals serves as the biggest test of the season.

Behind Enemy Lines

Phoenix radio station turns to crowdfunding to pay Carson Palmer’s fine
Arizona Cardinals fans are chipping in to help quarterback Carson Palmer pay the $11,576 fine he received from the NFL on Friday for a pelvic-thrust gesture late in Arizona’s win over Seattle last Sunday.

For Frostee Rucker, playing on a successful team changes everything
Sometimes the comments bother Frostee Rucker. They’re not meant to. They have good intentions behind them. But when people tell Rucker that he’s playing well this season, the words still sting the Arizona Cardinals veteran defensive tackle.

Arizona Cardinals' Ellington content with new role
Normally, if a star tailback had only 17 total carries over a five-game stretch, he’d be brooding and complaining to anyone who would listen. So why is Andre Ellington so happy?

Random Bytes

5 NFL Stars Who Must Prove Their Worth Before the 2016 Offseason
Five NFL stars are already playing out the string—and playing for their jobs. With 10 weeks in the books, and every team having played at least nine games, we're well and truly past the halfway point of the season—and for a lot of teams, it's becoming increasingly likely that we're well and truly past the point where they're legitimate contenders.

Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott appear headed to the NFL
After Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State today, quarterback Cardale Jones and running back Ezekiel Elliott both suggested that they’re heading to the NFL.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston threatens to sue CNN over documentary
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has notified CNN that he is prepared to sue if the cable network airs a documentary about college campus rape on Sunday as scheduled, according to a letter obtained by ESPN.

Colin Kaepernick to IR, ends his season, likely time with 49ers
Colin Kaepernick will not play again this season. And may not ever again play for San Francisco. The 49ers announced today that Kaepernick has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. That means Blaine Gabbert is the starter the rest of the way, and he’ll be backed up by Dylan Thompson, who was called up from the 49ers’ practice squad.