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The AFC North is far from decided six weeks through the season. The Browns and Terrelle Pryor are already talking extension. Which teams are guaranteed to lose?

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Bengals-Browns takes on different Hue

When Marvin Lewis and Hue Jackson mingle as opposing head coaches before Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12), it's a rarity. Not only is one of them going against a guy that was nearly his hand-picked successor, but it's only the fourth time ever a former Bengals assistant head coaches against his old boss.

Ray Lewis says Vontaze Burfict could get booted from NFL if he can't change

Ray Lewis, an all-time great at the linebacker position, thinks if Burfict can't clean up his act, he's on his way out of the NFL. "I don't know what Burfict thinks the next move for him is," Lewis said on "Undisputed" on Thursday. "Because the next move is probably out of this league, and he'll probably never be mentioned again."

Bengals teammates defend Vontaze Burfict, say he's not a 'monster'

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict again has drawn scrutiny for an on-field incident after receiving a $75,000 fine from the NFL -- which he has appealed -- for allegedly stomping on Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount on Sunday. The Bengals believe Burfict plays with a giant target on his back these days. They understand why, but they don’t necessarily think it’s fair.

Cincinnati Bengals' Vontaze Burfict, Russell Bodine back at practice

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was back at Thursday's practice after leaving early the day before on a cart for precautionary reasons. Burfict (ankle) walked with a slight limp to practice on Thursday afternoon but fully participated in the session. The Bengals also got center Russell Bodine back after he was carted off with an ankle injury against the Patriots on Sunday. Bodine did not practice Wednesday but took all of the snaps on Thursday.

Cincinnati Bengals successfully pairing cheap seats with playoff football in Ultimate Standings

The Bengals have steadily gained more respect over the years as they continue to post winning seasons, as seen by a 28-point jump in these standings. These are not the losing Bengals of the '90s anymore; they win, and they win often. But until they can prove they can do it in the postseason too, they'll likely remain in the middle of the franchise rankings.

Bengals Walkthru: AFC North open as ever

The Bengals' 2-4 start leaves fans at their wit's end. Certainly, a loss this weekend to the Browns would leave Paul Brown Stadium surrounded by lanterns and pitchforks. Hard to even fathom the tone of the city should Cleveland pull off the impossible and Hue Jackson ends up walking off the field as a hero with his first victory as head coach of the Browns.

Doc: Predicting Bengals-Browns; comparing Indians & Reds

Seemingly overnight, the woods behind the palatial estate are alive like a five-alarm blaze. Yellow and orange with slashes of red. The brevity of the beauty only enhances its impact. Trees give their all in the fall. I watch them shimmy in a small breeze. I’m lucky I can touch type.

Bengals Beat Podcast 2: State of the Browns, Burfict reaction

he BBP2 features Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski are joined by Richard Skinner of Local12 and they react to the fine given to Vontaze Burfict and talk about management of his behavior going forward. Plus, hear from Marvin Lewis and we take a look at the state of the Browns and the Precinct prize.

Marvin Lewis and Hue Jackson still share great bond

Marvin Lewis and Hue Jackson developed a friendship as close as exists across NFL circles and the relationship hasn't slowed in the least since Jackson moved on lead the Browns.

Fantasy Forecast: Week 7

The injury bug has bitten once again, this time hitting Ben Roethlisberger and Eddie Lacy, putting fantasy owners in a tricky situation for Week 7. There are conflicting reports about how long Big Ben will out, with the timetable for return as soon as Week 9 following their bye, and the latest being around Week 11. Lacy is out for “several weeks”, and nobody seems to have a feel for just how long he will miss.

Eifert feels good to go

The good news is that Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is already making plans for next week’s trip to London to play Washington after taking part in his busiest practice Thursday since the week of last January’s wild Card Game. He was still listed as limited for the second straight day and what could be bad news for the Bengals is that if he’s lacking at least one full practice in nearly a year it may not be enough to get him ready for Sunday’s against Cleveland (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium.

AFC North Bytes

Terrelle Pryor and Browns have had preliminary contract extension talks

BEREA, Ohio - The Browns have had preliminary contract extension talks regarding Terrelle Pryor, a source told cleveland.com. Pryor's contract is up after this year and he'll be an unrestricted free agent if the Browns don't re-sign him first.

Ravens' WR Steve Smith rips Giants' Josh Brown on domestic violence

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith isn't afraid to speak his mind. He spoke up today on his Twitter account after New York Giants kicker Josh Brown admitted to domestic violence. Smith's mother is a domestic violence survivor and he ripped Brown.

2016 South Side Questions: Will Landry Jones Be Let Loose?

The regular season is here, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are taking their practices at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, formerly known and still referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility of Heinz Field. While the real work is now upon us, there is plenty left to be done. And there are plenty of questions left unanswered as well. The offseason is just really the beginning phase of the answer-seeking process, which is lasts all the way through the Super Bowl for teams fortunate enough to reach that far.

Random Bytes

Giants kicker Josh Brown admitted to patterned domestic abuse in police documents

The NFL, which suspended New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, has some explaining to do. New York Giants kicker Josh Brown admitted to domestic violence against his wife in police documents that were released on Wednesday. The NFL suspended Brown for a mere one game — despite its supposedly get-tough-on-abuse.

CTE by Boccanegra on Vimeo

American Football is the most popular sport in the United States. Every Sunday millions of Americans tune in to see their 'gladiators' in action. The NFL (National Football Association) however, is in a deep crisis at the moment. That could possibly change the way the game is played or even end the popular sport.

Hoyer has broken arm; Bears have first lead

Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer broke his left arm in the second quarter Thursday night, Bears coach John Fox told CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.

5 Teams Guaranteed to Lose in NFL Week 7

The Miami Dolphins shocked the NFL world last week by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-15 at Hard Rock Stadium. However, that won't stop us from choosing five teams who are guaranteed to lose in Week 7. Watch in the video above as Bleacher Report Lead NFL Analyst Chris Simms joins Adam Lefkoe to pick the five teams who would be better off staying on the bus in Week 7.

NFL1000 Week 6 Scouting Notebook: Where Has Khalil Mack Gone?

Welcome to Bleacher Report's NFL1000 Scouting Notebook, our weekly series where we use the power of the 17-man NFL1000 scouting department to bring you fresh insights into the game and explain some of the more interesting (and potentially controversial) grades we give players every week. This week, we'll start with an unheralded role player in the Dallas Cowboys' resurgent offense.