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Bengals Bites (9/19): Who's Living In The Past?

Which Bengals are hoping to rid themselves of some Charger demons? A horse helps shape the Bengals defense. Which Bengal are the Chargers not afraid to compliment? And a hair cut you just can't miss!

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Bengals Stories

Dunlap, Howard fined for Pacman-Cooper undercard fight | ProFootballTalk
The two players involved in the undercard fight to the Pacman Jones-Amari Cooper battle were fined for their actions. The NFL confirmed today that it fined Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap and Raiders offensive tackle Austin Howard $8,681 apiece for unnecessary roughness.

Fantasy Forecast: Week 2
Week 2 of the Fantasy Football season is going to create some interesting issues for owners who put a lot of stock in drafting guys like Dez Bryant, Andre Ellington, T.Y. Hilton, Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, or the Ravens defense. The waiver wire is the easiest place to go for replacements as the trade route is often filled with unanswered offers or lowball counter offers.

Bengals Walkthru: Weekend Predictions
Predictions for the weekend in football and general revelry, plus, depth of NFL coaching knowledge, Crocker debut, Dalton and Sheeran together, Sanu and DatDudeBP, PFF outlook and E. Vedder.

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers a master of the hard count - San Diego Chargers Blog - ESPN
It's no surprise that Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is one of the best at using the hard count to draw defenses into the neutral zone.

Column: Bengals offense has weapons to dictate this year - Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati - LOCAL Sports
CINCINNATI (Richard Skinner) -- The San Diego Chargers defense was able to dictate almost exactly what it wanted the Detroit Lions offense to do in their regular-season opener last Sunday, but that may prove to be much tougher against the Bengals this Sunday, because it appears as if a fully healthy Bengals offense will be able to do plenty of dictating what it wants to do to opposing defenses this season.

Bengals focused on plan, not past
The day still doesn’t sit well. Nor will it leave the memory any Bengals players who experienced 30 minutes of the worst-case scenario in the wild-card playoff game against the Chargers in January of 2014.

Bengals Breakdown: Wk 2 San Diego
Dan Hoard and Geoff Hobson take a look at the keys to winning when the Chargers visit Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.

Bengals, A.J. Hawk were match that made sense
The text messages were flying, pinging from Cincinnati to Dayton. A.J. Hawk hasn’t had to date in over a decade, and this is about as close to that part of life he’s experienced since meeting his future wife.

How a photo of Secretariat has helped the Cincinnati Bengals - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
What can a football player learn from an old photo of a race horse? Paul Guenther's defense has found out this offseason.

To Bengals, is Sunday's game a wild-card rematch with Chargers? - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
Bengals D-coordinator Paul Guenther has spent the week subtly bringing up the 2013 postseason loss to San Diego for motivational purposes.

Bengals-Chargers: Three stats, and series history
THREE STATS 1. The last time the San Diego Chargers played at Paul Brown Stadium, they racked up 196 rushing yards en route to a 27-10 victory in the 2013 playoffs.

Behind Enemy Lines

Key Matchups: Chargers at Bengals | San Diego Chargers
What are the player matchups that the Chargers think will make or break(hopefully) their day in Cincinnati?

Bengals' TE Tyler Eifert has attention of San Diego's defense - San Diego Chargers Blog - ESPN
A bunch of Chargers say some really nice things about Eifert, who they will be undoubtedly keeping an eye on come Sunday afternoon.

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers a master of the hard count - San Diego Chargers Blog - ESPN
Rivers used his hard count for a few easy first downs against Detroit. He'll likely use it to try and do the same, or at least slow down the pass rush, against the Bengals this week.

Random Bites

Emmanuel Sanders liked getting back to no-huddle on Thursday night | ProFootballTalk
After Manning resurrected that Denver offense to lead a comeback against the Chiefs a heated debate has broken out on who should be controlling that offense. One of the offenses top weapons weighed in.

Football Players Who Blindsided Ref Say They Were Following Coach's Orders - ABC News
A new wrinkle to the story of the players blind siding the refs blah blah blah... This guy's hair is a must see!

Texans decide to cut the grass, install artificial turf | ProFootballTalk
After perpetual complaints and perhaps an injury to last year's No. 1 overall pick, the Texans are getting rid of their grass. General Manager Rick Smith just announced that the team was scrapping their system which brought natural grass in on trays to a solid artificial surface.

Tom Brady subject of joke on billboard near Buffalo | Larry Brown Sports
The Bills welcome the Patriots to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday for an AFC East division clash. That means plenty of Deflategate jokes western New York, and that includes a signage.

Whether Johnny Manziel knows it or not, Sunday's start for Browns is an audition | The Sports Daily
Much more quickly than anyone had anticipated, Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel is now the starter. While this may not last for more than one week, as the originally-intended starter, Josh McCown continues to work back from his Week 1 concussion, it does present Manziel with an opportunity he cannot afford to squander. If Manziel shines on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, he very well could lock down the Browns' starting job for the remainder of the year.

Four potential upsets in NFL Week 2 | The Sports Daily
The Steelers have lost to an NFC opponent at home in September in each of the last two years, and the 49ers will make it three. Carlos Hyde, the NFL's leading rusher with 168 yards in Week 1, comes to Heinz Field. The Steelers defense doesn't check any of the boxes, and among those blank squares is the one next to "tackling."