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Bengals Bytes (10/1): No more excuses

The Bengals defensive line helped lead the way against the Dolphins. The Steelers will have to deal with the Chief’s Pro Bowl running back returning. Dyan Tennehill has run out of excuses.

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NFL: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals' Jeremy Hill swaps jerseys with Jarvis Landry

It's a common sight to see NFL players swapping jerseys after games. It's often a sign of respect between two players at the top of their positions. In the case of Bengals running back Jeremy Hill and Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, it was two lifelong friends taking a moment to appreciate how far they've come.

Bengals' Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap lead the way in 'gut check' week

Just when it seemed like every possible way to sack a quarterback had been done, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins made up a new one. Atkins shoved Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod into quarterback Ryan Tannehill, effectively sacking Tannehill with his own teammate. With the dirty work taken care of, all Atkins had to do was gently tap Tannehill to make sure he was ruled down.

Lewis News Conference 9/30

“It was good to play fairly well all night. All three phases handled the game correctly, with preparation going in and playing pretty sound. We had the one breakdown defensively, but otherwise we were in the right spots all evening. Offensively, our quarterback in the first twenty plays, threw five passes on what we had called as running plays, which shows his ability to handle the offense and understand it. He was four out of five on those throws. We give him the liberty to do that, and later it led to a touchdown. He continues to do a good job on his decision making, accuracy, and running the offense with good tempo."

Dolphins Tezzed

ow that Vontaze Burfict has done it two years in a row, surfaced at the start of a regular-season game after nary a full-loaded practice, you may have to start calling him one of those legendary Bengals in the cult figure realm. Burfict ended his three-game suspension in typical fashion Thursday night with a rambunctious, active night where he played all but 11 snaps in the 22-7 win over the Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium and his teammates didn’t think it was a coincidence his 2016 debut matched the strongest defensive effort of the season.

Walkthru: How the Bengals did Thursday, in emojis

The day after every game, I will send out my Bengals emojis. I'll dig into the depths of the text emoji catalog to find the perfect connections for handing out the good, bad and ugly of the Bengals' performance. After games, tweet (@pauldehnerjr) or email ( your emoji suggestions and if they make the piece I'll give you a shout out. Here's the emojis I'm texting out today following the Bengals' 22-7 win against Miami.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens' Dumervil to make 2016 debut vs. Raiders

Baltimore Ravens pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil told reporters he'll play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, making his 2016 debut after missing three games with a foot injury. Dumervil's return is a massive addition for what's once again a stout Ravens defensive front.

Need to Know: Five Redskins who are under pressure to perform against the Browns

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 1, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns.

Jamaal Charles of Kansas City Chiefs to make season debut vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Kansas City Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered less than a year ago, will make his season debut Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Random Bytes

Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin has received death threats over statements on training policies for police officers

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin said during an interview with "60 Minutes Sports'' that he has received death threats since demanding that attorneys general in all 50 states review their training policies for police officers.

Ryan Tannehill has run out of excuses for his poor play

The Miami Dolphins are now 1-3 on the season, meaning that the playoffs are a pipe dream and the endless rebuild in South Florida will extend for at least another year. It might be longer, because at some point, the Dolphins are going to have to face reality and realize that Ryan Tannehill isn’t a winning quarterback.

Insider Buzz: Texans Concerned over J.J. Watt's Ability to Play Long-Term

Do the Texans have serious concerns about J.J. Watt's back and his ability to play long-term? Is Watt beginning to listen more to the Texans staff about not pushing himself so hard? Did Watt's push to not miss a game this season ultimately lead to him re-injuring his back?

Why Bo Chose Baseball

The scout died on the bathroom floor of his room inside a Wichita Fairfield Inn, and while it’s both uncouth and bad form to reflect upon tragedy in such a manner, something about Kenny Gonzales’ departure seems eerily appropriate.