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Bengals Bytes (11/12): Still alive

Despite being under .500 so far the Bengals still have a shot at the playoffs. The NFL is just kicking the Browns while they are down. Washington could move on from Desean Jackson after the season.

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Hall of mirrors

How fitting the possibility the Bengals may take the wraps off Darqueze Dennard in the slot Monday night (8:30-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 and ESPN) with Leon Hall on the other side for the Giants at Met Life Stadium?

Can Tyler Boyd be the next Randall Cobb?

Tyler Boyd comes off a steady, yet unspectacular first half, but Marvin Lewis offered a specific player to emulate in order for Boyd to take the next step.

Notes: Whit on JPP; Injury, scheme may shelve Maualuga; Hall sees something old, something new

Don’t blink. Monday night’s game in New York (8:30-Cincinnati’s Channel 5, ESPN) is going to come down to how quickly and well the quarterbacks get the ball out of their hands. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton because the Giants defensive end tandem of Olivier Vernon (30) and Jason Pierre-Paul (26) is 2-3 in the NFL in quarterback hurries, according to Giants quarterback Eli Manning because he’s so much better when he gets the ball away fast.

Cincinnati Bengals weekly show:Week 10 W/Joe Kelly! - The Grueling Truth

Join Mike Goodpaster and former Bengals linebacker Joe Kelly as they preview Monday night’s matchup against the Giants.

Ranking sub-.500 teams that can still make playoffs: Bengals on top, Panthers alive -

Just over a year ago, the Chiefs dropped their fifth game of the season. With a six-point loss to the Vikings, they fell to 1-5 overall. They were all but mathematically eliminated, especially considering Jamaal Charles had already lost his season to a torn ACL.

Walkthru: Giants playing with fire with turnover issues

On a conference call with Cincinnati media members, New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo was asked how his team was able to be 5-3 and in the heart of the NFC playoff picture despite having a minus-7 turnover differential through eight games.

AFC North Bytes

Hue Jackson feels safe despite Browns' 0-10 start | NFL

It’s hard to imagine being comfortable at a job where you’ve failed 100 percent of your projects, but apparently Browns coach Hue Jackson is worry-free. Cleveland fell to 0-10 after their Thursday night loss to the Ravens. But with an 0-16 season looking like a real possibility, Jackson addressed his job security with an upbeat attitude.

NFL investigating Browns, Robert Griffin III for throwing passes before Ravens game

Robert Griffin III, who's working his way back from a shoulder injury, went out on the field and threw some passes before the Browns played the Ravens Thursday night. No news there, right? The NFL disagrees.

Who I like, Steelers vs. Cowboys

Mike Tomlin gets a lot of criticism as the Steelers head coach, some warranted, some not. Sunday’s game plan in Baltimore was derserving of the criticism. The Steelers are built to attack downfield on offense. So the Steelers went with a run-heavy attack against the offensively challenged Ravens.

Random Bytes

Jim Brown comments on Donald Trump, voting

When Jim Brown speaks, it's hard not to listen. The legendary Browns running back joined Lindsay Rhodes on Friday's edition of NFL Total Access, ahead of the debut of his A Football Life, which premieres at 9 p.m. ET Friday on NFL Network. Their discussion ranged from his optimism concerning the Browns' future to Ezekiel Elliott's transcendent rookie year. Brown and Rhodes also dove into the pressing current affairs of this country.

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick show NFL's hesitance to speak out

The best basketball player in the world also happens to be one of the most well-known people in the world. On Sunday, LeBron James stood on stage with Hillary Clinton in an attempt to rally his fellow Ohioans to vote for her. Three days later, after Clinton had lost, Warriors coach Steve Kerr, the leader of possibly the NBA’s most interesting team ever, ripped President-elect Donald Trump, ranting that “the man who is going to lead you routinely used racist, misogynist, insulting words.”

Insider Buzz: Redskins Could Move on from Desean Jackson After Season

DeSean Jackson is injured once again, and his future in Washington appears questionable. What are sources saying about the star wide receiver and the Redskins' plans for him? Watch as Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole breaks down the latest in the video above.

Did Derek Carr's Last Name Hurt His Draft Status?

Haberman and Middlekauff discuss whether Derek Carr's last name had a negative impact on where he was drafted.

How NFL players spend their bye week

The first thing most players look for when the NFL schedule comes out is the bye week. The opponents? The prime-time games? That stuff can wait. Man, tell us when we get a break. One thing to realize: NFL players are not robots and the grind of the season is real, so guys cherish their time away.