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Bengals Bytes (10/10): Painful

There is really no other way to describe what happened in Dallas , other than disappointing. At least the Browns got destroyed too. The Vikings are looking pretty smart for that Sam Bradford trade now.

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Bengals at Cowboys Grades | NFL Week 5 | PFF

Pro Football Focus analysts reveal the highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Dallas Cowboys' home win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bengals look inward as Patriots loom

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had a message for his team in the locker room after a demoralizing 28-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals fail in all phases in loss to Dallas Cowboys

By the time the Cincinnati Bengals get tight end Tyler Eifert back, it might be too late. This team's problems run far beyond the absence of its leading scorer from the past season. It might be a total team effort.

Bengals in search of self

The two perceived strengths that should be carrying the Bengals through the early part of the season, their offensive line and the defense, have to be put into the dreaded underachieving category after they fell to 2-3 in the face of a 28-14 loss to the Cowboys that Bengals cornerback Adam Jones called “embarrassing.”

Cowboys blitz Bengals

In a game that looked eminently winnable on the road against a rookie quarterback before heading to next week’s Tom Brady Blue and White Homecoming in Foxboro, the Bengals offered one of their weaker efforts of the Green-Dalton era when they got blown out by the Cowboys in every category imaginable in a 28-14 loss Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Bengals at Cowboys Postgame Quotes

I think Tiger Woods always started with a positive, so the positive was we got in the red zone and scored twice tonight. Obviously, it was not a very good football game for us. First half to be down 21-0. Threw up a touchdown [in the] second series of the second half right after we get stopped on offense. We didn’t well play enough and they outplayed us. Our execution on offense, I thought did a good job and then we would just stall the drive out on third down. We got the ball to about midfield and stalled out.

LaFell steps up as he eyes old team

After his first two Bengals touchdowns Sunday came in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s surprising manhandling by the Cowboys, wide receiver Brandon LaFell admitted he didn’t think his new team would ever be 2-3.

Run defense fails Bengals in Dallas

There were no secrets. There was no hiding truth. Sunday’s game against the Cowboys would be decided by the Bengals' run defense, an area the Bengals' unit prides itself on. They were thoroughly and uncharacteristically manhandled. And that’s all that mattered.

Doc: Bengals' loss in Dallas could be problematic

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Bengals in about 33 minutes Sunday, give or take the 10 seconds it took Ezekiel Elliott to run 60 unbothered yards from his backfield into the Bengals' end zone early in the third quarter. That touchdown made it 28-0 and the rest was killing time.

Instant Analysis: Why Cowboys beat Bengals

The Dallas Cowboys' 28-14 win against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium boiled down to singular place – the line of scrimmage; and a singular result – Cowboys dominance.

AFC North Bytes

Redskins leave Baltimore with third straight win

The Redskins have a short trip home from Sunday’s road game in Baltimore and it will be a happy one. They scored the only points of the second half and rallied from a 10-6 halftime deficit to leave Baltimore as 16-10 winners and owners of a three-game winning streak. It looked for a moment like the Ravens pulled out a comeback victory when Breshad Perriman got free of Josh Norman and caught a pass from Joe Flacco in the end zone with 33 seconds to play, but replays made it clear Perriman only got one foot down.

Cody Kessler Injury: Updates on Browns QB's Chest, Ribs and Return

Browns head coach Hue Jackson told reporters Kessler is "day to day," adding that he has nothing broken and will undergo more examination on Monday.

Steelers roll past Jets 31-13

The Steelers haven’t reached their goal of scoring 30 points per game at this point in the season, but the last two weeks have shown they might be able to reach that plateau before the year is out.

Random Bytes

The three most startling stats from Tom Brady’s return - The Washington Post

Brady joins Warren Moon as the only passers age 39 or older since 1970 to pass for over 400 yards with three touchdowns.

Around the League podcast

A room filled with heroes – Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling, Gregg Rosenthal and Colleen Wolfe – recap all of Sunday’s action with a game-by-game breakdown of Week 5 which saw the return of Tom Brady, and included a 31-13 victory for the Vikings as they improved to 5-0 on the year, and became the only undefeated team left in the league

Odell Beckham Jr. Embraces Kicking Net After Scoring 1st Touchdown of Season

Enemies, no longer. Two weeks after getting whacked in the face with a kicking net during a frustrating loss to Washington, New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made nice with the piece of equipment in Sunday night's bout with the Green Bay Packers.

Sunday in 60: It's Time to Wake Up, Vikings Are Officially Team to Beat in NFC

Week 5 of the 2016 NFL season is coming to a close, and Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Matt Miller is amped up. What's on Miller's mind heading into the final few games of the week? How does he view the Minnesota Vikings' place in the NFC standings?

2016 NFL - Big Story for all 32 teams Week 5

NFL Nation reporters detail the biggest storylines for every team coming out of Week 5 and what they mean going forward.