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Bengal Bytes (11/28): Running under the radar

Andy Dalton's running ability hasn't gotten much attention, but it has been a big reason for his success. The Rams will likely be forced to go back to Nick Foles against the Bengals. What will life after Tom Brady and Peyton Manning look like? And, a look back at one of the greatest safeties of all time.

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Notes: Dennard back for camp; Ced activated; Foles expected; Adam Jones salutes Fisher; Weather call
The Bengals made it official Friday when they activated rookie backup tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and put backup cornerback Darqueze Dennard on season-ending injured reserve with a dislocated shoulder as the last two first-round picks exchanged places for the stretch run.

Dunlap named this week's NFLPA community MVP
This Thanksgiving, thousands of families across the nation were able to share a holiday meal because of the generosity of NFL players. Fifty of those benefitting were at the Boys & Girls Club in Avondale, Ohio as Cincinnati Bengal Carlos Dunlap and his foundation handed out turkeys to those in need.

Cincinnati Bengals' Geno Atkins, Rams' Aaron Donald mirror one another
Small in stature for a defensive tackle when he came out of the University of Georgia, the 6-foot-1, 300-pound Geno Atkins went mostly overlooked ahead of the 2010 NFL draft. Most said he was too short. Others didn't think he was heavy enough to push through the line of scrimmage with the physicality professional football required. Others criticized the way he walked, saying his unique wide-footed gait was a sign he wouldn't have the explosion to routinely get to quarterbacks at this level.

Are Bengals facing Todd Gurley at the perfect time?
After falling short in a shootout to the Cardinals, the Bengals -- coming off two straight losses -- face a far less dynamic attack on Sunday in the form of the Rams. St. Louis has slumped hard under the direction of new play-caller Frank Cignetti, Jr., sitting 31st league-wide in points and yardage per game and dead last both in passing yards and third-down percentage.

Six Points: St. Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals will look to get back to their winning ways under daylight this Sunday against the visiting St. Louis Rams after a pair of back-to-back prime-time losses.

Bengals' Andy Dalton adds new dimension by running more
Andy Dalton has been on the run more than ever, one of the easy-to-overlook developments in his breakthrough season. Not only has the Bengals quarterback been among the NFL's passing leaders all season, he's gotten a better knack for taking off to avoid a heavy rush. Dalton tied his career high with eight runs during a 34-31 loss at Arizona on Sunday night.

Behind Enemy Lines

St. Louis Rams Robert Quinn, Trumaine Johnson questionable vs. Bengals
The St. Louis Rams have five key players listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Defensive end Robert Quinn (hip/back), cornerback Trumaine Johnson (thigh), quarterback Case Keenum (concussion), tackle Rob Havenstein (calf) and kicker Greg Zuerlein (right groin) are all questionable, meaning there's a 50-50 chance they'll play in Cincinnati.

St. Louis Rams QB Case Keenum questionable; Nick Foles likely to start
St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum has still not made it through the concussion protocol and will be questionable for this Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. While Rams coach Jeff Fisher expressed some optimism that Keenum could show improvement Saturday and still start, almost all signs point to Nick Foles returning to the starting job this week.

St. Louis, Rams fighting over London game, again
Nearly four years ago, the Rams announced that they would play one game per year over three years in London. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission quickly informed the Rams that, under the terms of their lease to play games in the Edward Jones Dome, the Rams couldn’t play games anywhere but there. The two sides eventually worked out a deal to allow the Rams to play a single game in London.

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Sean Taylor provided an impact few safeties can match
With today being the eighth anniversary of former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor’s death, it’s a good time to share a few thoughts and memories

NFL Week 12: Mike Tanier's Previews and Score Predictions
In this week's edition of Game Previews: The 49ers try to motivate themselves to play in the kind of game that should motivate any NFL team. Matt Ryan wears a brace because he likes the way it makes his ankle look chunky. A four-part Peyton Manning saga that seemed like a good idea four weeks ago comes to an unfulfilling conclusion, like the final season of Lost. Jeff Fisher spends 534 words straddling the line between "unintentionally ironic" and "grossly irresponsible."

Tony Romo's season goes from dream to nightmare
Tony Romo came into the season with Super Bowl dreams. He casually talked about it while accepting an award at a banquet last spring. He talked about it during training camp. Even after breaking his collarbone on Sept. 20 against the Philadelphia Eagles, he thought about it.

Life After Brady-Manning: Will There Be a Quarterback Drought or a Renaissance?
It's the not-too-distant future, a Sunday not long after the Brady-Manning apocalypse. Al Michaels makes the call for Sunday night's much-anticipated game of the week, another clash of the NFL's reigning quarterback rivalry

Ranking the NFL Playoff Chances of Current 5-5 Teams
First, a belated Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you are getting ready to enjoy this piece while you're running around doing your early Christmas shopping on Black Friday. It's been quite the year of imbalance in the NFL. Following Thursday's results, there are still just nine teams with winning records this season.