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Bengal Bytes (12/24): Trust

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Andy Dalton's advice for AJ McCarron is have trust. David Burton isn't happy with Cody Wallace's fine for his late hit. Odell Beckham Jr. issues an apology, and Washington is pleased with how Robert Griffin III has handled his benching.

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Doc: The Bengals' key to beating Broncos
Because I have been slovenly lately, and neglected my duties Here, one final pre-Christmas rant-o-rama: Bengals won't win if they can't run. Phillips needs the love. Merry Christmas.

Notes: Nelson sheds bust label for Pro Bowl; Brock O. named QB; Eifert still protocol; Special day
Nelson’s selection is a textbook case of Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis willing to take a chance on a talented player who hasn’t been able to realize it during various stops around the league. And of coaching-personnel team work. On cut down day to end the 2010 preseason, the Bengals got Nelson for a little more than a song from the Jaguars. Try an aria. Backup cornerback David Jones and a conditional low draft pick.

Eifert still in doubt, Green should be ready for 'MNF'
According to league sources, the Cincinnati Bengals have not ruled out Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert for Monday night's game at Denver. Eifert, who missed last week due to a concussion, remains in the protocol but a team source indicated he may move out of that phase of the recovery process as soon as Thursday.

Walkthru: Andy Dalton deserved better in Pro Bowl vote
Andy Dalton deserved better with a Pro Bowl nod, Eric Winston puts his brain where his mouth is, Geno speaks (kind of) and Snoop Dogg brings us home with a Christmas carol.

Dunlap named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 15 after he blocked a field goal in last Sunday’s win at San Francisco.

Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton's advice for AJ McCarron: Have trust
Hue Jackson provided quite the visual Monday while admonishing AJ McCarron’s supporting cast for the lack of support they provided him in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

AJ McCarron press conference transcript
Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron held a press conference on Wednesday to review his performance against the San Francisco 49ers and look ahead to this Monday night's game at Denver and here is the transcript

Behind Enemy Lines

David Bruton Jr. on Cody Wallace hit: 'It's still cheap and unacceptable'
As he propped himself up with crutches, the result of a fractured right fibula that Denver Broncos safety David Bruton Jr. suffered in Sunday's loss in Pittsburgh, Bruton not only had the play that has ended his season on his mind, but one that followed two plays later.

Denver Broncos' Brock Osweiler ready to go vs. Cincinnati Bengals
A lot of things have changed for Brock Osweiler as he has navigated his way through an unexpected season, including the fact that he’s a lot more sore in December this time around than has been in his three previous NFL years.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos: Full Denver Game Preview
The Denver Broncos (10-4) are reeling. After losing two games in a row, the team is treading in the wrong direction at the worst possible time. With just two games left in the 2015-16 NFL regular season, the Cincinnati Bengals (11-3) come to town for a game on Monday Night Football.

Random Bytes

Kirk Cousins, Brock Osweiler, Ryan Fitzpatrick and other QBs that NFL teams are evaluating - NFL
By now, Christmas shopping is just about complete. But offseason wish lists still are being compiled, and will be for some time. At the top of most desperate NFL teams' wish lists are, of course, quarterbacks. Without one, consistent winning is virtually impossible.

Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III has handled situation well
More than two hours before the final regular season home game, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III walked to midfield, stopped and looked around. An hour or so later, he returned to the field and warmed up hard, whipping passes here and there as if prepping for the biggest game of his life. Sometimes it's as if nothing has changed. And then it's apparent everything has changed -- including the fact that Washington is enjoying a drama-free season.

Odell Beckham Jr. Issues Apology After Losing Suspension Appeal
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. feels remorse toward the fans, his organization, kids who look up to him and his teammates. Just not the Carolina Panthers. Per NFL Network's Rand Getlin, the star receiver’s suspension was upheld in the face of his appeal Wednesday as a result of his actions on the field during New York's Week 15 loss to the Panthers. Beckham issued an apology the same day, per the Giants' official website

Cam Newton, Todd Gurley among future Pro Bowl fixtures
When Tom Brady was announced as one of the players included on the 2016 Pro Bowl roster, it marked the 11th time that the Patriots QB has been so honored. And he's not the only old Pro Bowl hand. DeMarcus Ware and Charles Woodson have made nine. Adrian Peterson and Darrelle Revis have made seven. Calvin Johnson has made six. But there are plenty of younger players represented, too, from rising stars like Cam Newton and Russell Wilson (three Pro Bowls each) to first-timers like Todd Gurley and DeAndre Hopkins. While the older players aren't, by any means, done for, there will eventually be a generational shift, when they’re replaced by the perennial Pro Bowlers of tomorrow.