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Bengals Bytes (11/24): Failure to finish

The Bengals have lost their ability to finish off opponents like they did during their winning streak. Bruce Arians tipped off the refs prior to the game's last penalty. Johnny Manziel comments on his latest red flag, and the Patriots remain undefeated.

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Notes: second look at a second guess; Report says Dennard out for year
Third-and-two. 1:14 left. Bengals down by three. They’ve got the ball on the Arizona 25. Do you run it to help exhaust the clock for Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer since he has no timeouts left? Or do you go for the win knowing an incomplete pass and a tying field goal gives Palmer about a minute to get the winning field goal? On Monday afternoon, with no sleep, offensive coordinator Hue Jackson defended his call and quarterback Andy Dalton’s decision to exploit wide receiver A.J. Green’s matchup in what turned into a nightmarish sequence.

Darqueze Dennard is indeed done for the year
The Bengals’ fears have been confirmed. Per a league source, cornerback Darqueze Dennard is done for the year. Dennard suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday night’s loss to the Cardinals.

Strong starts aside, Bengals' concern now deals with finishing the game
Want a headline from Sunday night's 34-31 Cincinnati Bengals loss at Arizona? Here, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has you covered. "We didn't finish," the fourth-year defender said. "That is pretty much the bottom line and the headline. We didn't finish."

Andy Dalton's costly underthrown pass opened the door for the Arizona Cardinals' last-second FG
One of the many storylines coming out of last night's back-and-forth tussle between the Bengals and Cardinals was Cincinnati's choice to throw the ball on their final offensive play from scrimmage.

Marvin Lewis, Hue Jackson defend Bengals' third-and-2 pass
In a season of Bengals blowouts, play-calling in a late-game situation brought criticism in hindsight for one of the first times this season after Cincinnati’s 34-31 loss at Arizona on Sunday night. On third-and-2 from the Cardinals' 25-yard line, with 1:14 remaining and Arizona out of timeouts, rather than opt for a more traditional approach of attempting to run for a first down to wind the clock down, Andy Dalton lofted a potential go-ahead touchdown to A.J. Green.

Key Takeaways from Bengals' Week 11 Loss to the Cardinals
In a much anticipated match up on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the Arizona Cardinals exhibited tremendous resiliency in their 34-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, who had not suffered back-to-back losses since Weeks 9 and 10 of the 2013 regular season.

Andy Dalton up, secondary and O-line down in Bengals loss
A look at Cincinnati Bengals players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Behind Enemy Lines

Bruce Arians -- Arizona Cardinals tipped off referees on Cincinnati Bengals' antics
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday that it's likely that complaints his team made to officials during Sunday night's game might have led to a late-game penalty that resulted in a shorter attempt on the field goal that gave Arizona the lead for good.

Depth, power gives Arizona Cardinals potent offense for stretch run
When Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver J.J. Nelson got to work last Monday, wide receivers coach Darryl Drake told him Michael Floyd wasn’t likely to play and that he would be filling Floyd’s role.

Patrick Peterson avoids serious injury
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was forced to leave the team's Week 11 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals with a ankle injury. His status for Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers is yet to be determined.

Random Bytes

Manziel has no comment on latest party pictures
The Browns didn’t play last weekend, and Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel told reporters Monday he had no comment about pictures and video of him partying during his time off because he hadn’t seen them.

Brock Osweiler to Start vs. Patriots in Week 12
Peyton Manning's exile to the sideline will continue for at least one more week after Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak announced Brock Osweiler will start Sunday night against the New England Patriots, per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Quinton Coples Waived by Jets: Latest Comments and Reaction
After he started just two of the team's 10 games, the New York Jets announced Monday they waived Quinton Coples. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Coples is looking forward to the next opportunity

Relying on defense, the Patriots gut out victory over the Bills
Sometimes you win going away. Sometimes you win ugly. The New England Patriots’ 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night falls into the latter category, with the 20 points a season low.