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Bengals Bytes (11/21): Torn hamstring, torn heart

The Bengals lost yet another game and suffered some major injuries. Mike Wallace is trying to convince Steve Smith to play another season. The Browns are one step closer to 0-16. Recapping injuries around the NFL in Week 11.

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Nugent Laments Costly Missed PATs

On a day that saw NFL kickers miss a record 11 extra-point attempts, two misses by Mike Nugent proved costly in Sunday's loss to Buffalo. New York Giants kicker Robbie Gould missed two extra-point attempts on Sunday, but it was only an afterthought in a 22-16 win over the Chicago Bears. Mike Nugent was not as fortunate in the Bengals' 16-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Doc: Why can't Bengals make plays?

NFL glory and misery are made of the smallest moments. The Bengals have been on the wrong side of most of them this year. The league-speak for it is "making plays.'' The Bengals don't. Why don't they?

A.J. Green's injury spells doom for Bengals playoff hopes

The Bengals' offense was underwhelming with A.J. Green in the lineup. With him out and only six games remaining, a playoff berth seems improbable.

Nugent on two PAT misses

Bengals kicker Mike Nugent discusses his rough day in Cincinnati's 16-12 loss to the Bills at Paul Brown Stadium.

Analysis: Why Bills beat Bengals

As the second half of the Bengals' 16-12 loss Sunday unfolded at Paul Brown Stadium, the boos that repeatedly greeted the offense trotting off the field sounded more like the ugly final days of Riverfront Stadium in the '90s. The offense played the part of those teams without the hammer of A.J. Green to help carry them.

Bengals fall to 3-6-1 with 16-12 loss to Bills

The Bengals' first game on the banks of the Ohio in nearly a month couldn't have gotten off to a more inauspicious start, as the Buffalo Bills marched 75 yards in eight plays on the opening drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead, and then - on the Bengals' second play of the game - A.J. Green was carted off the field with a severe right hamstring injury.

Cincinnati Bengals don't resemble playoff team; fall to Buffalo Bills - Cincinnati Bengals Blog- ESPN

It would be easy to point out the opportunities the Bengals didn't take advantage of on Sunday, but they simply weren't good enough to win. The Bengals are still searching for their first win since Oct. 23 after their last-second touchdown attempt fell incomplete in a 16-12 loss to the Bills (5-5) at home.

Bengals' defense rallies back to form

In one of their first conversations after falling to Buffalo 16-12 on Sunday, locker mates Domata Peko and Geno Atkins wondered why, exactly, has the Cincinnati Bengals' defense allowed an opponent to score a touchdown on its opening drive of the game six times this season and seven scores overall.

NFL Nation's Shots & Sounds: Week 11 in the NFL

NFL kickers suffer through a record bad day; Dez Bryant drags a rookie CB into the end zone; the Vikings race for a pair of 100-yard returns. Listen to the stars describe the big moments.

Quick hits: injuries devastate Bengals as torn hamstring feared for Green; Nugent stung

Sunday's 16-12 loss to the Bills not only devastated the 3-6-1 Bengals in the AFC North standings, but the depth chart took a heavy blow with perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green leading the hit parade. As Green gingerly dressed with an Ace bandage wrapped around his damaged right hamstring, there was concern an MRI would reveal a season-ending tear.

With Green out, no Hail Marys answered for Bengals in 16-12 loss

Stunned by the loss of Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green on the second snap of Sunday's game at Paul Brown Stadium and two missed extra points by Mike Nugent, the Bengals couldn't overcome it and lost a crushing 16-12 game to the Bills before 61,356.

Bengals fans who wish to see Marvin Lewis fired should recall the team before he took over - The Washington Post

Cincinnati's string of five straight playoff appearances seems on its way to being broken. It's simply not going to happen this season for the Cincinnati Bengals. It's time for even their most enthusiastic backers to acknowledge that.

Bengals suffer significant setback, lose WR A.J. Green

A.J. Green's right foot caught the turf as he was tackled on Cincinnati's first pass attempt. In that moment, the Bengals knew the game - and their season - had taken a turn. Cincinnati couldn't do anything consistently without its big-play receiver during a 16-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Here's why it went so bad so fast for the suddenly toothless Bengals -

This was always shaping up to be a market-correction season for the Bengals. All of the free-agent talent defections and all of the brain drain from the coaching staff and all of the years of picking near the bottom of the first round were bound to catch up with Cincinnati.

A.J. Green suffers tear in hamstring in Bengals' loss -

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green left early in the first quarter after suffering a hamstring injury and didn't return in the team's 16-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

AFC North Bytes

Mike Wallace trying to persuade Steve Smith to play another season - Baltimore Ravens Blog- ESPN

Mike Wallace said he wants Steve Smith to play another season after the 16-year veteran topped 1000 career catches on Sunday. "You can play a couple of more years if you want to. Let's just keep it going," Wallace told Smith after the Baltimore Ravens' 27-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Ravens' defense fails to back up No. 1 ranking in loss to Cowboys

The Baltimore Ravens failed to announce to the football world that they're legitimate playoff contenders, and they did so in an unexpected way. In the Ravens' 27-17 loss, the NFL's top-ranked defense couldn't slow down the red-hot Dallas Cowboys or get their offense off the field in a game that could've garnered so much respect. Baltimore (5-5) now finds itself in a first-place tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) with six weeks left in the regular season.

Cleveland Browns stumble their way to 0-11 with 24-9 loss to Steelers

The Cleveland Browns gave the Steelers two extra downs at the end of the first half. Their starting quarterback was knocked out of the game because of injury for the third time in eight games.

NFL playoff picture: Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks pull away in NFC

It's official! Week 11 brought us the NFL's first mathematical elimination from the postseason. The poor Cleveland Browns are 0-11 and can't make the playoffs even if they win all of their remaining games. Oh well. Maybe next year.

Pittsburgh Steelers' sack party in Cleveland might just change season - Pittsburgh Steelers Blog- ESPN

The Pittsburgh Steelers' first win in 42 days felt less like a turning point and more like an exercise in survival. One way to prove that wrong: Showing that this eight-sack performance on the Cleveland Browns underscores a suddenly revitalized defense ready for a late-season playoff push.

Joe Flacco on Cowboys: 'We should beat this team' -

Joe Flacco's Ravens may have been roughed up by the Dallas Cowboys both in the second half and on the scoreboard Sunday, but the Baltimore quarterback was not impressed with Dallas.

NFL Bytes

NFL Nation's Shots & Sounds: Week 11 in the NFL

NFL kickers suffer through a record bad day; Dez Bryant drags a rookie CB into the end zone; the Vikings race for a pair of 100-yard returns. Listen to the stars describe the big moments.

Track Sunday's key injuries in NFL -

The Seahawks' running back depth took a hit Sunday when rookie C.J. Prosise went down with a shoulder injury. T.J. Yeldon's disappointing sophomore campaign took another hit. What other injuries are we tracking today?

What we learned: Business as usual for Pats, 'Hawks -

Kickers can't catch a break, but Sunday wasn't a lost cause for everyone. Tom Brady threw four scores, and Thomas Rawls paced Seattle past the Eagles. Here's what we learned from Week 11.

Rams' Jared Goff up and down in first-career start -

The Los Angeles Rams finally unveiled the No. 1 overall pick in Sunday's loss against the Dolphins. How did Jared Goff look? It wasn't a disaster, but he was far from a savior in the debut.