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Bengals Bytes (11/14): Opportunity knocks

The Bengals have a chance to climb back into the division race. The Steelers lost a nail-biter. Phillip Rivers chokes away a win in epic fashion.

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Time to make a run

By the time the Bengals play the Giants Monday night in New York (8:30-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 and ESPN), teams like the AFC East-leading Patriots and old friend Mike Zimmer’s Vikings would have already played three games. How long ago was Oct. 30? Hillary Clinton was a frontrunner, Ben Roethlisberger was on crutches, and they had to yet hand out the Halloween candy that has now been tossed out. But the Media Roundtable has come together after the 15-day layoff in mid-season form and pounded out an old fashioned stalemate.

AFC North Bytes

Tension mounting in Cleveland, where yet more change is feared

Hue Jackson's decision to bench rookie starting quarterback Cody Kessler in the second half of the Browns' loss in Baltimore on Thursday night has heightened tension between the front office and coaching staff, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. With the team inching closer to an 0-16 season, more change seems inevitable.

Steelers notebook: Two-point misses come back to haunt Tomlin

Before the game against the Cowboys, the Steelers were 16 for 21 on two-point conversion attempts since the 2012 season. That kind of success rate is the reason coach Mike Tomlin attempted to go for two when the Steelers scored the first touchdown of the game. The only problem for the Steelers was after they failed on their first attempt they kept chasing that lost point all game, and it came back to haunt them in the end. They failed on all four of their two-point tries.

Random Bytes

Bucs WR Mike Evans won't stand for the national anthem because Donald Trump was elected

Mike Evans kneeled for the national anthem on Sunday, and he’ll continue to do so. Evans’ protest wasn’t a show of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and others who have knelt and raised fists during the anthem this season. He said he is specifically protesting Donald Trump becoming the United States’ President-elect.

Seahawks vs. Patriots: Score and Twitter Reaction for Sunday Night Football

The New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX when Malcolm Butler intercepted a Russell Wilson pass at the goal line. Seattle got some revenge Sunday at Gillette Stadium with a 31-24 victory that featured an eerily similar ending.

Simms in 60: Packers Must End Mike McCarthy Era, But Don't Put All Blame on Him

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Thirty-six things we learned from Week 10

Time to check your radar, football fans. You might find some playoff teams flying under it. Week 10 saw a bundle of statement games from postseason hopefuls. Marcus Mariota and the 5-5 Titans smashed Aaron Rodgers, thanks to a 35-point first half. Kansas City won its seventh game of the season and its 17th game in its last 19, escaping Carolina with 20 unanswered points and a share of the AFC West lead. The 5-3-1 Redskins stifled Sam Bradford and the Vikings, who have briefly fallen out of the playoff race. Don't change the channel, this season ain't over yet. Here's what we've learned from Week 10 so far

Rivers' fourth-quarter interception spree sinks Bolts

On a day when Rivers reached the 300-touchdown club and bypassed Hall of Famer John Elway for eighth place on the all-time list, he tied a single-game career high with four back-breaking interceptions. All four came in the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth contest.