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Bengals Bytes (11/7): More incentive

The Bengals are in a close AFC North race. Ben Roethlisberger disappointed in his return. Aaron Rodgers calls out his teammates after a disappointing loss.

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Bengals return to work and a tighter AFC North

The Bengals return to work Monday after their bye week, when they are expected to re-sign defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry while gazing upon some different scenery in the AFC North. Not only did the Bengals get the best possible result Sunday when the Ravens beat the first-place Steelers, but Baltimore did it in a game where neither team showed any semblance of a consistent offense.

AFC North Bytes

Steelers, Ravens: Roethlisberger disappoints in return

Ben Roethlisberger returned too soon. That’s the easiest explanation for what went wrong for the Steelers in a 21–14 loss at Baltimore on Sunday. He injured his MCL on Oct. 16, had surgery shortly thereafter and was supposed to miss upwards of a month, so of course bringing him back about two weeks later was pushing it.

Ravens stay even-keeled after their biggest win of the year

Rush linebacker Terrell Suggs was more focused on the two late touchdowns that the defense allowed than how the Ravens kept Ben Roethlisberger and the high-powered Pittsburgh Steelers off the scoreboard for the game's first 51 minutes.

Dak's Team: Prescott, Cowboys overpower winless Browns 35-10

America's Team is looking more and more like Dak Prescott's. The rookie quarterback threw three easy touchdown passes and kept any talk about Dallas playing Tony Romo unnecessary, leading the Cowboys to a 35-10 rout on Sunday over the winless Cleveland Browns.

Random Bytes

Jay Ajayi powers Miami to third-straight win; Dolphins take down Jets

Somehow, some way- this Miami Dolphins team has fought its way back to .500 on the season and is tied for second in the AFC East after today’s 27-23 win over the New York Jets.

Monday Morning Digest: Big Ben's Burden, Rams Must Go Goff, Raiders on a Roll

NFL Week 9 taught us some simple lessons like a couple of teams needing to make a quarterback change.

Aaron Rodgers calls out Green Bay Packers for 'uncharacteristically low energy' in loss to Indianapolis Colts

Aaron Rodgers didn't like the vibe from his team on Sunday, and the Green Bay Packers quarterback delivered that message loud and clear after their third loss in the past four games. Rodgers said his team had "uncharacteristically low energy for whatever reason" in the 31-26 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lambeau Field on a day when a win would have pulled the Packers into a first-place tie with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. Instead, they're 4-4 at the midway point of the season.

More Than Just for Real, the Raiders Show They're a Real Super Bowl Threat

It's no longer correct to say the Oakland Raiders are for real. This is obvious. We know this. The sky is blue and there's some sort of election this week. Duh. It's time to look at a bigger picture with the Raiders, much bigger, and two parts of that picture in particular.

Stafford continues heroics in OT victory over Vikings

Cardiac Jim Caldwell's Detroit Lions pulled out another late-game victory with a walk-off, overtime flip into the end zone from receiver Golden Tate for the 22-16 victory over the sputtering Minnesota Vikings. Detroit moved to 5-4, creating chaos in the NFC North. The Vikings dropped their third straight to fall to 5-3. Here is what you need to know