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Bengals Bytes (11/15): Giant headache

The Bengals lost to the Giants on Monday Night Football. Ben Roethlisberger calls out his teammates. Rob Gronkowski punctured a lung, but he will only reportedly miss one game.

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Giants outlast Bengals, 21-20

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton got sacked on back-to-back bull rushes by a rampaging Giants defensive line with three minutes left Monday night and New York’s No. 32 ranked running game converted a third-and-six with 2:50 left to secure as the Bengals let another one slip away, 21-20. The Bengals dropped to 3-5-1 and a game and half behind the Ravens after whiffing on nine of their first third downs and not being able to put away a 20-14 lead in the fourth quarter.

Week 10: Bengals vs. Giants highlights

The Cincinnati Bengals take on the New York Giants in Week 10 of NFL action.

Giants win 21-20, drop Bengals to 3-5-1

At a desperate crossroads of the season, the Cincinnati Bengals were repeatedly offered opportunities by the New York Giants to snatch momentum from a season spent spinning wheels in search of a surge. The Bengals couldn’t take advantage. Because of the failure in the 21-20 loss on Monday Night Football, the road to a sixth consecutive playoff berth just got much steeper.

Instant analysis: Why Giants beat Bengals

In a game where the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive and defensive groups alternately played very well and somewhat average, the two groups could not sync up their better moments to prevent the New York Giants from winning 21-20 on Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

Bengals still on their bye? They lacked urgency, at times, in loss to Giants

The Giants had just scored to take a 14-10 lead. The Bengals had 1:11 remaining in the half, a timeout left and one of the league's best deep threats in wide receiver A.J. Green. But instead of going uptempo to drive down the field to try to counter the Giants' attack, they called a running play for 2 yards (that took 31 seconds off the clock), threw three short passes to run the clock down to three seconds, then attempted a Hail Mary to end the half.

What's wrong with Bengals? Aging defense worth a look

The Cincinnati Bengals have some tough decisions to make against the New York Giants on Monday night. Do they continue on the path that led them to a 3-4-1 record, or make some lineup changes in order to reverse the trend?

AFC North Bytes

Sashi Brown Comments on Browns Offense, Robert Griffin III and Cody Kessler

The Cleveland Browns' never-ending search for a franchise quarterback brought Robert Griffin III and Cody Kessler to town before the start of the 2016 season, but the team's woes under center haven't been remedied during an 0-10 start to the season.

Alex Lewis To Miss Six Weeks With High Ankle Sprain

The Ravens will be without starting rookie left guard Alex Lewis for about six weeks, Head Coach John Harbaugh announced Monday. Lewis suffered a high ankle sprain in Thursday night’s 28-7 win over the Cleveland Browns. The good news was that X-rays showed he didn’t have a broken bone, which was feared when he left the game on a cart with his leg in an air cast.

Ben Roethlisberger Calls Steelers Undisciplined After Loss vs. Cowboys

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger questioned his team's discipline and accountability after losing to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, 35-30. "We are undisciplined and not accountable," he said in the locker room, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. "That's why [the Cowboys] are one of the best in the business and we're not right now."

Random Bytes

Monday Morning Digest: 3 Teams a Cut Above After Statement Sunday in the NFL

There are currently 16 teams—half the NFL—within one game of .500 in the standings. Whether you find that exciting or depressing depends on not only your feelings about parity but also your expectations entering the season. The Titans and their fans are pleased to be hovering at .500. The Packers and Steelers faithful are inconsolable about their teams' middling status. The Rams feel right at home and may never leave.

Chris Simms' NFL Power Rankings Ahead of Week 11

After further review, the ruling that the NFL needs instant replay is overturned. Players hate it. Coaches hate it. Fans hate it. And referees must hate it, especially when they have to choose between a clearly correct call and upholding the rule of "undeniable video evidence."

Rob Gronkowski suffered possible punctured lung

The bitter end to Rob Gronkowski's game against the Seahawks got even worse Monday. Gronkowski suffered what is believed to be a punctured lung in the team's loss to Seattle on Sunday, sources with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Gronkowski is expected to miss Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers because of the injury, Rapoport added.

Alshon Jeffery suspended four games by NFL

The Chicago Bears will be without their top offensive player for the next four games. The team announced on Monday that Alshon Jeffery has been suspended without pay for the team's next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. In a statement released Monday afternoon, Jeffery blamed his PED violation on taking a supplement that contained an ingredient banned by the NFL's drug policy.