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Bengals Bytes (10/9): Just win baby

The Bengals need to slow down the Cowboys’ rookie attack. Hue Jackson remembers Al Davis. And, Tom Brady makes his return to the field.

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Rush hour

For the first time Sunday (4:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) the Bengals play a game that counts in Jerry’s World, that playpen otherwise known as AT&T Stadium. But this season the kids have taken over and turned it into a combination of Six Flags and King’s Island with rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott and rookie quarterback Dak Prescott romping the Cowboys to a 3-1 start.

Doc: Cowboys rookie QB Dak Prescott playing with poise

Playing quarterback in the NFL is hard. It takes the genius of Einstein and the arm of Koufax. NFL quarterbacks minor in MENSA and major in Stephen Hawking. They can move buildings with their minds.

Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey feeling well enough to play vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, who has been bothered all week by a sore back, will play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Saturday.

AFC North Bytes

Steelers Place Golson And Harris On IR, Promote Shabazz And Feiler

You’ve already heard the news that Al-Hajj Shabazz was going to be promoted to the 53 man roster. Now we know the rest. The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they have placed CB Senquez Golson and OT Ryan Harris on injured reserve. In corresponding moves, they have signed CB Al-Hajj Shabazz and OT Matt Feiler.

Youth movement begins for Ravens’ rushing game

a two-month span in 2015, Ravens running back Terrance West was jettisoned by two of the league's most downtrodden franchises. Kenneth Dixon has yet to play in an NFL regular-season game. Buck Allen was a healthy game-day inactive for the first three weeks this season.

Five years after his death, Al Davis remembered by Hue Jackson, ex-Raiders

Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of the death of former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, and though things have changed dramatically with the team and the league since then his impact and influence on the NFL is tangible today.

Random Bytes

Patriots activate Tom Brady, Rob Ninkovich

Tom Brady is officially back. The New England Patriots activated the quarterback before Sunday's contest against the Cleveland Browns, the team announced. The Pats also activated pass rusher Rob Ninkovich following his four-game suspension.

How can an NFL player go broke?

Given that minimum salary rises with years of service time booked, and the NFL disputes the 3.3-year claim, let’s adjust upward a little and say that a minimum-salary player who plays the average length career makes a total of $2 million in his NFL career. That’s substantially less than Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, et al. make per home game. Not all NFL players are paid equally.

Cam Newton ruled out for MNF

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered a concussion after taking a hit at the goal line during a Week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons. It's unclear when he'll return to the field.

Paxton Lynch to Start vs. Falcons

Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch will make his first career NFL start Sunday in a Week 5 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, as Mike Klis first reported for 9 News. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport later confirmed the news.

Todd Bowles says Jets need to learn to win all over again

The Jets nearly won enough games in 2015 to get to the playoffs. This year, they’ve won only once. Coach Todd Bowles thinks that they need to get back to square one.