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Bengals Bytes (12/8): Man of the year

Andy Dalton received a prestigious nomination. Joe Thomas knows all there is to know about the Factory of Sadness. Marshawn Lynch narrates nature. It is even better than you think.

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The departure of Oregon State Receiver’s Coach Brent Brennan leaves a gap that Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson should fill.

Fantasy Football Matchups: Will Dalton, LaFell roll over the Browns?

It’s fantasy football playoff time! Hopefully, this week’s matchup recommendations can help. Andy Dalton, Matt Forte and Brandon LaFell are some of this week's fantasy matchup plays.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis: I talk to owner Mike Brown every day

CINCINNATI -- Marvin Lewis, who's mired in one of his most disappointing seasons, isn't waiting for a public display of support from Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown about his future job status.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton Nominated for 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

QB Andy Dalton is the Bengals’ nominee for the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The sixth-year pro from Texas Christian University is among 32 team winners in contention for the league WPMOY Award, the only NFL award recognizing a player’s off-field community service and playing excellence combined.

Hobson's Choice: present and future collide

Core certainly looks the part, doesn’t he? Brandon LaFell is a solid veteran and, for the most part, has given them what they needed. But they need some speed to complement A.J., so Green and Core with Tyler Boyd in the slot looks like a very possible 2017 Opening Day starting lineup combo. It’s just a little early for that, though. Plus, if you look at Sunday, Boyd is looking more and more like he can play both the slot and outside and he can conceivably be a No. 2 as he develops.

Notes: Ced working at LT, too; Hue not ready to make call on starting QB; Tez vows to read Hogan

The future of the Bengals’ young tackles is week-to-week. But offensive line coach Paul Alexander had a few definitive thoughts after Wednesday’s practice. Cedric Ogbuehi is probably a more natural left tackle, he said, and at some point we’ll see him before the end of this season even though he was benched at right tackle for Sunday’s 32-14 victory over the Eagles.

Lewis, Dalton News Conference Transcripts 12/7

The challenge this week is playing a Cleveland team that has played much better than their record shows. They have been in these games and continue to play very hard. They are coming off the bye week, refocused for this last quarter of the season. It’s important we do a great job this week in detailing our plan and the execution of it come Sunday. It means being productive and taking care of the ball on offense, and being very sound on defense and special teams.

Inside the helmet: Communicating a Bengals play

Much goes into a single play in the NFL, but perhaps nothing is more chaotic than the initial call and then the beginning of the chess match between quarterback and linebacker. It happens every play, and generally becomes white noise in the run up to the snap -- unless it all goes haywire from there. A missed block. A receiver that runs the wrong route. A bad snap. Or having to call timeout. Much can go wrong in those few seconds, so a lot has to go right.

Bengals ready for Hue Jackson's 'ball of knives'

It didn’t take long for the Cincinnati Bengals coaches to think about having to face Hue Jackson and his Cleveland Browns coming off a bye week. In fact, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis knew what lied ahead even before his team faced the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals bracing for Robert Griffin III's return from IR

The Cleveland Browns have been a revolving door of quarterbacks this season, but it looks like the Cincinnati Bengals will finally see quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has not played since he was injured in the season opener. The Bengals snapped their non-winning streak with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, picking off Carson Wentz three times. Prior to the win against the Eagles, their last win was at home against the Browns on Oct. 23.

AFC North Bytes

Cleveland Browns Joe Thomas' 9,684 straight shifts in the Factory of Sadness

The offensive lineman wants to be there when the Cleveland Browns become the Chicago Cubs. He'll have earned it -- the likely Hall of Famer has never missed a snap.

Ravens' new grass field draws mostly praise, some criticism

Andre Branch, a member of a Miami defense that yielded 496 yards, said, "The grass was terrible. We knew that coming into the game." Actually, the field was vastly different than one week earlier, when Baltimore beat Cincinnati 19-14. In that game, the turf was beginning to show the wear and tear of a long season.

Steelers striking right balance during playoff push

Technically, the calls were different. In the Pittsburgh Steelers huddle, however, the translation was the same: Get the ball to Le'Veon Bell and get out of the way. Six straight times in the fourth quarter last Sunday against New York, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took the snap, turned around and put the ball in the hands of Pittsburgh's increasingly versatile and seemingly tireless running back. And six straight times Bell pushed the pile forward, protecting the lead, the ball to help put the finishing touches on a 24-14 victory.

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Did Christian McCaffrey's stock take a hit in 2016?

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WATCH: Jim Schwartz defends Rodney McLeod, Eagles' effort amidst heavy criticism

The Eagles and McLeod have been heavily criticized for what many feel was a lack of effort in their 32-14 loss to the Bengals last Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Eagles and McLeod have been heavily criticized for what many feel was a lack of effort in their 32-14 loss to the Bengals last Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Annie Apple's advice for new NFL prospects

Last year, Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple declared for the NFL draft after three years. His mom offers crucial life tips for Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and others who are following suit.

Marshawn Lynch Narrated Iguana Chase Is Everything

A hilarious video surfaced of former Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch that has his voice narrating a video for an upcoming Animal Planet series.

Dak Prescott just made it fun to despise the Dallas Cowboys again

Some statements only fly when somebody else says them. It's okay to call Nick Saban a genius, but if Saban said that about himself he'd be a shameless narcissist. (Since he seems to think it, he's only partially so.) Say Tom Brady is a handsome rule-bender all you want, but if Brady referred to his own good looks he'd sound as vapid as your average Uggs-wearing Bachelorette contestant. Identify the Dallas Cowboys as "America's Team" and it's accepted shorthand for a franchise with worldwide popularity, a run of success for 25 years and, despite two straight decades of playoff failure, the healthiest fan base in the sport. But if a Dallas Cowboy who otherwise has been almost universally revered in his rookie season refers to his squad as "America's Team"? Then it's time to rethink the whole thing.

Ron Rivera upset about noise surrounding Cam Newton benching

Ron Rivera made it clear that he is done talking about Cam Newton's benching and did not want it be a distraction going further. But the outside noise surrounding Cam Newton being benched for the opening series of Sunday's game because the quarterback violated a team travel policy by not wearing a tie on the flight to Seattle was so loud on Wednesday that Rivera felt he had to address it.