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Bengals Bytes (10/26): Love from across the pond

The Bengals will have plenty of support when they play in London. The Steelers’ prized offseason addition practiced for the first time. The Giants finally released Josh Brown.

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NFL: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

You Know Who Would Have Loved This Article?

Cincinnati has known two Harambes. The first was Harambe the gorilla, a lowland silverback who came to the Cincinnati Zoo in 2014 and died this May when a zookeeper shot him to protect a young boy who had fallen into the Gorilla World enclosure.

Which NFL teams with losing records have best chance to make playoffs? 2016

Fourteen teams -- including the Bengals and Panthers -- currently have losing records. Which are most likely to get hot and go on a run down the stretch? The answers might surprise you.

Ben-Gal Cheerleaders Touchdown in London

Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleaders arrive in London for 2016 NFL International Series.

UK Fans Unite Over Love for Bengals

It takes a dedicated fan to follow the Bengals in another country. “It's very different over here,” said Paul Hirons, a member of the Bengals UK fan group. “There are no sports bars per se (except for the big cities) and most Bengals fans watch the games on their laptops via NFL Gamepass.”

Fantasy Recap: Week 7

It’s not often that a RB takes home the top-dog award in fantasy football. Almost 9 times out of 10 it will be a Quarterback simply due to the yards and touchdowns they are a part of. This week was crazy because not only did a RB take home the #1 overall fantasy player award (Jay Ajayi), but we saw 6 more backs (Melvin Gordon, Matt Forte, Jeremy Hill, Jacquizz Rodgers, LaGarrette Blount, and David Johnson) ranked in the overall top 10. I’m telling you, with running backs coming up huge this week, and the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys looking good, the end of the world might just be upon us!

Another intramural scrum for defense

Even though Sunday’s game is set for at 9:30 a.m. Sunday over the pond in the Bengals’ first- ever international game in London against Washington, they should be calling it the Carlo and Johnny’s Bowl. That’s the Cincinnati restaurant just up the road a piece north of Paul Brown Stadium on Montgomery Road where Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and Washington head coach Jay Gruden spent many nights commiserating about Double A Gap blitzes, zone reads, horses, and life in general.

First look: Bengals vs. Washington

The Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) got healthy, literally and figuratively, last week. Tyler Eifert returned to the field, and the team had seven healthy inactives before beating the Cleveland Browns 31-17 at Paul Brown Stadium. Washington had its four-game winning streak snapped in Detroit, losing to the Lions 20-17.

Bengals Beat Podcast: 3-4

This week on the Bengals Beat Podcast, Enquirer beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski talk about what really showed improvement in the victory against the Browns and what was merely a product of Cleveland being a disaster this year. Plus, a brief look at the plan for the week as the Bengals head to London. Hear from defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, Domata Peko and Jeremy Hill.

Why Cincinnati Bengals aren't leaving for London until Thursday

When Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis got the official word the team would be heading to London this season, he called New York Jets coach Todd Bowles for advice. The Bengals had never sent a team to London before, so the process was new to Lewis, while Bowles had coached the Jets to their first win in London last season.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens Bring Safety Matt Elam Back Off Reserve/Injured List

The Ravens have chosen to bring back safety Matt Elam from the reserve/injured list. Elam began practicing Tuesday and has 21 days to either be activated to the 53-man roster or placed on season-ending injured reserve. He is eligible to return on Nov. 10 for Thursday Night Football versus the Cleveland Browns.

QB position once again in flux

The only constant for the Browns this season has been change at quarterback. This week is no different. "There is not a lot of clarity right now on the injury front," Hue Jackson said. "We'll work that as the week goes, but right now, I don't have a lot of clarity." Jackson said the bright spot is there is a couple days before they begin preparation on the field for the Jets.

TE Ladarius Green Receives Positive Reviews Following First Steelers' Practice

It’s difficult to know right not whether Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green will be ready to play in the team’s Week 9 game against the Baltimore Ravens, but now that he’s at least practicing with the rest of his teammates, there’s a possibility he’ll make his 2016 debut a week from this coming Sunday. Green, who was given the go-ahead to start practicing on Tuesday, talked to the media in the locker room afterwards.

Random Bytes

Top 10 NFL players from Week 7

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi, Cardinals edge rusher Chandler Jones lead PFF's list of the top 10 players of Week 7 of the NFL season. Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler is among them after his stand-out day.

5 must-know PFF stats from NFL Week 7

Miss a moment of NFL Week 7 action? Here are the 5 stats you need to know from the Pro Football Focus analysis team after Sunday's slate of games. Here's one of them: Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi forced 10 missed tackles as a runner in Miami’s win over Buffalo.

10 worst players from Week 7 NFL Sunday

Two quarterbacks and three Seahawks offensive linemen make the Week 7 list of the worst individual performances from Sunday's games.

Josh Brown Released by Giants: Latest Details and Reaction

The New York Giants announced they released kicker Josh Brown on Tuesday after past abuse toward his wife came to light. Giants co-owner John Mara released a statement on the decision, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today

Chris Simms' NFL Power Rankings for Week 8

Which team made the biggest jump in the Week 8 power rankings? Which team had the biggest fall? Which team is No. 1? Watch in the video above as Bleacher Report Lead NFL Analyst Chris Simms unveils his power rankings

Bill O'Brien hasn't considered benching Brock Osweiler

Brock Osweiler has led the fewest touchdown drives of any starting quarterback this season. In the Texans' Monday night loss at Denver, the former Broncos signal-caller posted one of the lowest single-game yards-per-attempt figures in modern NFL history. Is it time for Houston to consider turning to backup quarterback Tom Savage, a prospect hand-picked by coach Bill O'Brien in the 2014 NFL Draft?