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Bengal Bytes (11/5): Exorcising another demon

The Bengals look to lay their primetime demons to rest against the Browns tonight. The Browns hope Johnny Manziel can seize the starting quarterback job. Hall of fame wide receivers share which modern day wideouts are most like them.

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Bengals' big difference? 'They're playing like they expect to win'

What's different about these Cincinnati Bengals? As divisional foe DeAngelo Williams says, "They're playing like they expect to win." Aditi Kinkhabwala digs into the new vibe around Andy Dalton and Co.

Bengals, Dalton eager to upgrade from 2.0

It’s been 364 days since the Cleveland Browns came to Paul Brown Stadium and embarrassed the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3 on national television in what will forever be known as the Andy Dalton 2.0 game. The 2.0 was the career-low passer rating Dalton posted that night as the Browns held him to 10 of 33 passing for 86 yards with three interceptions.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has to pick up prime-time play

A victory would propel the Bengals to a never-before-seen 8-0 record and would continue to extend their already-massive lead over the rest of the AFC North. As important as that is, a win, or at least a well-played game from Cincinnati's offense, could also cement Andy Dalton's legitimacy as an MVP candidate. Already this season we've stated a case for why the fifth-year quarterback should be in the middle of that conversation.

Cincinnati Bengals' Hue Jackson sees Jeremy Hill arriving: 'it's time'

It was exactly the kind of run Hue Jackson had been hoping to see all season from Jeremy Hill. On the Cincinnati Bengals' first offensive play from scrimmage last Sunday in Pittsburgh, Hill, the second-year running back who had been having trouble consistently breaking tackles this season, bounced left before picking up 12 yards on a physical off-tackle run.

Bengals know their P.B.

Paul Brown, the man who began both franchises playing in Thursday’s riverfront national showcase at, of course, Paul Brown Stadium (8:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12 and NFL Network) coached the last of his 326 games 40 years ago this season. And he died a generation ago in 1991, seven months after the Bengals won the old the AFC Central beating the Browns on the last day of the season. But, you know what?  His current Bengals have some pretty good P.B. knowledge.

Walkthru: Bengals saw no need for a trade

In today’s Walkthru we take a look at three big plays in the Steelers game and why the Bengals didn’t make a trade at the deadline. We don’t spend too much time on the Browns, and for good reason

Steelers' Vince Williams Threatens Bengals' Vontaze Burfict After Bell Injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't happy with Vontaze Burfict after a tackle by the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker during Sunday's game ended running back Le'Veon Bell's season. Pittsburgh linebacker Vince Williams is so upset, in fact, that he has no interest in waiting until Dec. 13—when the Steelers and Bengals meet again—to confront Burfict. He wants to take care of business pronto.

Burfict back in middle of Bengals defense, making impact

On his first play in more than a year, Vontaze Burfict made the tackle. Did it again on the next play, too. The Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker is back from two knee operations and making an impact on a defense that could use a boost heading into the midpoint of a so-far undefeated season.

Behind Enemy Lines

Cleveland Browns Scribbles about there being lots of blame for both Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine

The Cleveland Browns 2-6 start has fans and media looking for people to blame. Coach Mike Pettine and General Manager Ray Farmer both have failed in different areas.

Insider Buzz: Browns Hoping Manziel Can Permanently Win QB Job vs. Bengals

The Cleveland Browns decided to start Johnny Manziel for Thursday night's game, despite the lack of time for preparation.  Is this a permanent decision? Why does this put Manziel in such a difficult position? Do people think Manziel will still play a solid game?

Browns QB Johnny Manziel to start vs. Bengals

Second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel will make his second start of the season Thursday when the Browns face Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium. Starter Josh McCown is dealing with injuries to his throwing shoulder and ribs. He played through noticeable pain in Sunday’s loss to Arizona and was relieved for the game’s final series.

Random Bytes

Position rankings: Midseason All-Pro team

With half of the 2015 season in the books, it's time to take a close look at the players who have stood out for their respective teams. Todd Gurley has already demanded our attention.

Adrian Peterson-Todd Gurley showdown matches old dog vs. young pup

They've been compared to one another for reasons beyond their prodigious returns from knee surgery. They both rank in the NFL's top five in rushing despite being at opposite ends of the career spectrum. And on Sunday, Adrian Peterson and Todd Gurley will get a chance to outdo one another on the same field.

Rex Ryan jokes that Dan Campbell is one head coach he wouldn't fight

There are plenty of interesting ties in Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills (3-4) and Miami Dolphins (3-4). Among the obvious are Buffalo tight end Charles Clay and guard Richie Incognito, who two years ago was suspended for his role in Miami's bullying scandal. However, Bills coach Rex Ryan dropped an interesting and little-known nugget Wednesday during his conference call with the Miami media. According to Ryan, he once tried to hire Dan Campbell on his coaching staff with the New York Jets.

Site Releases Study Claiming Bills Have Drunkest Fanbase

A recent study by BACtrack—a company that makes and sells breathalyzers—claims to reveal the NFL's drunkest and soberest fanbases.

He Reminds Me of Me: Wide Receivers

This is a project of curiosity. With so many great players past and present, we thought it would be revealing to get some of the all-time greats at various positions to identify one current player who reminds them of how they played in their heydays, to see if they noticed any kindred spirits. This is our wide receiver edition and these are their answers...