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The Bengals begin a new week after dispatching of the Giants on Friday. Who did the New York media like for the G-Men? Why the Browns shouldn't sign Ray Rice. James Harrison is not a fan of participation trophies.

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Giants studs and duds vs. Cincinnati Bengals include Jay Bromley and Jeromy Miles | NJ.com
The Giants went to Cincinnati and were handed a reality check. Good thing it's only the preseason.  They lost 23-10 to the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium and their first-team offense and defense were pretty dreadful. It's back to the drawing board now with the regular season less than a month way.

Cleveland Browns: Why Ray Rice Would Be a Terrible Decision | isportsweb
The Cleveland Browns already have animosity with a few players on the team. This includes Johnny Manziel who is fresh out of rehab, Josh Gordon who we hope is still in rehab, and running back Terrance West who has a final opportunity to get himself together. The latest talk circulating the Browns is that they are looking into running back Ray Rice due to the young staff and the injuries that were sustained during camp. In my opinion, this should not even be a consideration

Variety will be at the heart of Cincinnati Bengals' offensive identity - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
On their eyebrow-raising six-play scoring drive to open Friday night's preseason opener against the New York Giants, the Cincinnati Bengals placed the football into the hands of five different offensive skill players. Tight end Tyler Eifert caught a first-down pass. Running back Jeremy Hill had a pair of carries for 15 yards. Receiver A.J. Green had a first-down catch. Quarterback Andy Dalton scrambled for positive yards. And wideout Mohamed Sanu hauled in the game's first touchdown with a goal-line snag that came after he peeled off the line of scrimmage in another one of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson's unique formations.

Mike Pettine: Terrelle Pryor 'not guaranteed a spot' on Browns final roster - Sportsnaut.com
Speaking with media, Pettine "stressed that Pryor must still earn his way onto the 53," according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, while saying the converted quarterback did show some good things in his first week of training camp practice. Pettine also said Pryor is "not guaranteed a spot" and that the team "still needs to see what he can do."

Season officially over for three members of Washington offense | ProFootballTalk
The 2015 season is over for three members of the Washington offense, before it even began. As expected, tight ends Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen both have been placed on season-ending injured reserve after injuries suffered in August.

2015 Cincinnati Bengals Preview | Maddux Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals have been consistently good, but this may be the end of the rope for its current nucleus if it doesn’t make major waves in the postseason. Eight starters are free agents after this season, two of whom are Pro-Bowlers in A.J. Green and Andrew Whitworth. The Bengals will have the cap flexibility to pursue another QB if it wants to get away from Andy Dalton.

James Harrison Makes Kids Give Back Participation Trophies
James Harrison, workout maniac, is not down for rewarding mere participation. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker is apparently forcing his sons, who are eight and six years old, to return "Best of the Batch" trophies.

San Francisco 49ers may have found hidden gem in Jarryd Hayne - Sportsnaut.com
Heading into training camp, the thought around NFL circles was that Hayne would have a tough time cracking the San Francisco 49ers final roster for the 2015 season. However, after the Aussie Rugby League star’s brilliant coming-out party on Saturday night in Houston, it’s clear he not only has a chance to make the roster but could become an impact player for the 49ers.

Trent Richardson embarrasses himself on preseason run (Video) | Larry Brown Sports
Trent Richardson is looking like the Trent Richardson of old. And that’s bad news for the Oakland Raiders. Richardson rushed for 18 yards on five carries Friday in the Raiders’ first preseason game. If he had any sense of vision, he would have had at least five more yards and a touchdown, which would have given him some respectable numbers.

Tim Tebow Scores A Touchdown
Tim Tebow is playing football again for the first time since 2013. The Eagles’ fourth-string QB got to the promised land late in the fourth quarter of Philadelphia’s 36-10 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts. He finished 6/12 for 69 yards today. Tebow also got sacked three times for 28 yards and it wasn’t pretty.