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Bengal Bytes (12/3): No hopping for Hill

Jeremy Hill doesn't plan on making any trips to the Dawg Pound if he scores. The Browns will officially start a new quarterback against the Bengals. See who some all time great quarterbacks compare themselves to, and an update on teams moving to L.A.

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Bengals not worried about Browns QB situation
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced Wednesday that Austin Davis will start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals over Johnny Manziel, quickly ending any debate over whether the erstwhile face of the franchise would get his second shot at the AFC North leaders this year.

Walkthru: Big money at stake for Bengals free agents
George Iloka joined us on Beyond The Stripes last night and outside of his epic slo-mo, selfie and Instagram post during his Improv session with OTRimprov, he touched on a number of interesting topics.

NFLPA president Eric Winston wants Rams fined for Case Keenum incident
NFL Players Association president Eric Winston wants the league to reconsider its initial decision and fine the St. Louis Rams for their role in the mishandling of quarterback Case Keenum’s recent concussion. "Complete failure to adhere to the protocol," Winston, the Cincinnati Bengals’ veteran tackle, told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.

STL-CIN grades: Defense helps Bengals get back on track
– After a fantastic start to the year, Andy Dalton (+0.1) has returned to approximately the same player he’s been his entire career, with a +1.5 overall grade since Week 5. He’ll make absolutely gorgeous throws over the middle of the field, like the touchdowns to A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, but then panic when plays break down, and force it into small windows like the Janoris Jenkins interception and the near pick from Darren Bates in the back of the end zone.

Browns sign two former Bengals
The Cleveland Browns signed former Cincinnati Bengals player and Ohio State standout  placed Terrelle Pryor to fill the roster spot vacated by quarterback Josh McCown, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a broken collarbone.

Four starters don't participate in Bengals practice on Wednesday
Four Bengals starters missed practice on Wednesday, three due to injury and another due to a veteran's day off, and two other players also didn't participate.

Notes: Davis 15th Browns QB to face Lewis; Hue says Hew NFL's best FB; Injury update
Austin Davis is in. J. Football is out. For now. And while that is breaking news in Cleveland, it is same old, same old in Cincinnati as Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis prepares for the Browns’ 15th different starting quarterback in his 13th year of the series Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 19) on the lake.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is scrapping his Dawg Pound Leap
The last time Jeremy Hill was inside Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium, the Cincinnati Bengals running back barely made it into the second quarter before ripping off a pair of touchdown runs and celebration dances.

Four reasons Geno Atkins could be the Defensive Player of the Year
As Geno Atkins' defensive coordinator, Paul Guenther may be a little biased. But when the Cincinnati Bengals assistant coach said earlier this week he believed Atkins deserved to be in the conversation for this year's Defensive Player of the Year honors, he wasn't really that far off base. After all, Atkins' defense is one of the league's best, and like past Defensive Player of the Year recipients, his team ought to go far in postseason play.

Behind Enemy Lines

Five things to know about Cleveland Browns QB Austin Davis - Cleveland Browns Blog- ESPN
Austin Davis is taking over as the Browns' starting quarterback, ahead of Johnny Manziel -- here's some background info on him. Davis both played collegiately at Southern Miss, he also went to high school in Collinsville, Miss.

Pettine foolish in handling of Johnny Manziel
This is the NFL's version of, "We'll treat you like an adult when you act like an adult." Johnny Manziel went out partying, got caught, lied about it and the Browns have grounded him. The coaching staff kept him glued to the bench Monday night, even after Josh McCown left the game with a season-ending collarbone injury. And Manziel again will ride the pine this coming Sunday, with 26-year-old journeyman Austin Davis instead receiving his first start this season.

Browns' Mike Pettine: No sign of dissatisfaction from Johnny Manziel
Austin Davis will start at quarterback Sunday against Cincinnati, but coach Mike Pettine made it very evident that the door is open for Johnny Manziel to play for the Cleveland Browns again this season.

Random Bytes

He Reminds Me of Me: Quarterback
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 apiece who reminds them of how they played in their heydays, to see if they noticed any kindred spirits. This is our quarterback edition, and these are their answers...

It's more likely that there will be two NFL teams in Los Angeles
As multiple NFL teams take steps toward moving their organizations to the Los Angeles area, news continues to emerge regarding that process, including the joint bid submitted by the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers to build a stadium in Carson, California.

J.J. Watt, Josh Norman headline top DPOY candidates
J.J. Watt remains the NFL's dominant disruptive force. Can cornerbacks Josh Norman and Tyrann Mathieu challenge him for Defense Player of the Year honors. How about Bengals defensive end Geno Atkins? Chris Wesseling analyzes.

Possible head coaches with most to gain -- and lose
There will be more vacant NFL coaching positions as the season comes to a close. A little more than a year ago, the Buffalo Bills were forced out of their home stadium before a game with the New York Jets and forced to play halfway across the country in Michigan in a domed stadium away from the snow.

Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks in 2015
Breakdown: Dalton is grading at +12.5 against the blitz, with a passer rating of 117.2. The now seasoned quarterback ranks fifth in the league with 676 yards on deep passes.