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Bengals Bytes (12/13): Keeping the streak alive

The Bengals’ defense is keeping an impressive streak alive late in the season. The Ravens’ late comeback attempt against the Patriots offered no moral victories. The Rams are a well documented mess.

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Bengals coaches disappointed in Jones' comments

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said they were disappointed with cornerback Adam Jones’ rant against Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor after the 23-10 victory in Cleveland on Sunday.

Bengals Walkthru: Why Marvin Lewis will be back

Sunday's Bengals victory in Cleveland might be one of the most business-like, clock-in, clock-out wins in franchise history. When facing a team winless club you must jump up early, demoralize them and start the running clock.

Lewis News Conference: 12/12

Head Coach Marvin Lewis talks to the media on Monday,

Notes: Bengals-Steelers full strength if Green back; Guenther salutes Tez approach as Steelers loom

For the first time since the opening kickoff of their first game in 2015, all the major players in the Bengals-Steelers rivalry could be available for Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Monday that Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green (hamstring) expects to practice this week and his prognosis is “partly sunny,” which for Lewis means it all depends how he looks in practice. And he hasn’t done that since suffering a grade two hamstring tear on the second snap of the Nov. 20 game against Buffalo.

Something in the air?

Something happened in that below .500 December of 2008 and Bengals Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth senses something might be brewing again after Sunday’s 23-10 victory over the winless Browns. Not that it was a dominant victory. The 5-7-1 Bengals gave up more than 150 yards rushing for the fifth time this season. The Browns gave up their fewest points of the year. The Bengals special teams left four points on the field.

Streak Continues For Dominant D

The Bengals extended their streak to four games with Sunday’s 23-10 win in Cleveland. I’m obviously not referring to a winning streak – which stands at two – but their streak of holding the opponent to less than 20 points. Buffalo, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Cleveland have managed to score 16, 19, 14, and 10 points against the Bengals during that stretch. And in the Baltimore game, Justin Tucker hit three field goals from at least 52 yards.

What's A.J. Green's forecast on Steelers Week? 'Partly sunny'

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis doesn’t usually like to discuss injured players, but occasionally will pull out a weather analogy when asked. That was no different on Monday when he said that the forecast for a return to the field for injured wide receiver A.J. Green was “partly sunny.”

Guenther on Jones' rant: 'Adam’s too old for that stuff'

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther was at the heart of Adam Jones' post-game rant directed at Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, Sr. when the veteran corner relayed a message Pryor, Sr. sent to Guenther: namely that the quarterback-turned-receiver was going to make Guenther cut Jones after the game.

AFC North Bytes

Terrelle Pryor says “emotions are high,” but Hue Jackson wants control

It’s unclear if Adam Jones ever found Terrelle Pryor in that garbage can he was shaking after the game Sunday. But Pryor may find himself in his own coach’s doghouse, after Browns coach Hue Jackson said he wants his young wide receiver to keep his composure during games.

Coming back in loss offers little solace to Ravens

The Ravens were able to cut a 20-point Patriots lead down to three points on Monday night, but their comeback stalled there and the Patriots ended the game as 30-23 winners.

Historical Context Makes Le'Veon Bell's Game All The More Impressive

I think you would be hard-pressed to find anybody who understands and appreciates football who could come away from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ game on Sunday and not be impressed with what running back Le’Veon Bell was able to do on the field, putting together one of the best offensive outputs in Steelers history, if not the best.

Random Bytes

Jeff Fisher fired as Rams head coach

After five seasons with the team, Los Angeles is moving on. "Making a decision such as this - especially during the season - is one of the most difficult in sports," Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement Monday. "I have great respect for Jeff as a coach, person, father and friend. He has worked tirelessly despite some challenging circumstances. He played an integral role in helping this team make history in returning the NFL to Los Angeles, and we always will be grateful for his commitment and dedication to our organization.

Todd Gurley Speaks Out Against Offense, Teammates in Post Game Interview

I think it’s safe to say that the Rams RB has reached his breaking point. Make no bones about it, the Los Angeles Rams got absolutely shellacked by the Falcons. The loss extends their losing streak to four games - and 8 of the last 9.

New York Giants sweep Dallas Cowboys; NFL Week 14 notes

Who is going to win Super Bowl 51? Who knows. Week 14 set the table for a frenetic finish. A look at the surging Giants, plus more notes on a quiet tailback mentorship, deflated footballs and an offer for Johnny Manziel.

Adrian Peterson says he’s practicing this week

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said last week that he would shelve his plans to return to action this season if the Vikings lost two straight games to drop out of contention for a playoff spot, but the Vikings were able to come up with their second win in their last eight games against the Jaguars last Sunday.

Jason Garrett on QB decision: “It’s pretty simple for us”

In the immediate aftermath of Dak Prescott doubling his season interception total and starting a one-game losing streak, the Cowboys were quick to insist that the rookie quarterback was still their guy.