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Bengals Bytes (9/15): Behind Johnny Football

A look into how Twitter escalated the Bengals and Steelers feud last season. John Harbaugh wasn’t happy with his ground game last week. And, a walk in Johnny Manziel’s shoes off the field reveals a lot about him.

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Cincinnati Bengals focused on Steelers, not playoff meltdown

When Dre Kirkpatrick looks back at film of last season’s playoff loss to Pittsburgh, he still can’t believe some of the after-whistle reactions that occurred.

Notes: Detente in Bengals-Steelers?; No setbacks but no time table for Eifert

In contrast to the national narrative stemming from the Jan. 9 Wild Card Game, Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth believes the Bengals' five-year road record of 25-14 that is third best in the NFL points to the team being "calm, cool, and collected."

How Steelers-Bengals feud took on a new life ... on Twitter

The war of words between the Bengals and Steelers took on a life of its own on social media, but both teams seem to have cooled it ... for now. The AFC North rivals have made nary a peep at each other this week, online or otherwise, despite preparing to face each other on Sunday.

Missing Burfict? Some Steelers would rather see the Bengals LB play Sunday

The Steelers won't exactly miss Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict on Sunday, but some would like to beat the Bengals with their full complement of players. "As a competitor, to be totally honest with you, I don’t really want them to have guys missing," Steelers safety Mike Mitchell said.

Dre Kirkpatrick talks about Antonio Brown and the Steelers | James Rapien

The Bengals and Steelers play this Sunday. It's no secret that they don't like each other. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick talked to me and a bunch of others about maintaining composure today at Paul Brown Stadium. Plus, he shared an interesting tidbit about what makes Steelers' wide receiver Antonio Brown great.

Bengals defense run over in opener, preparing for Steelers

CINCINNATI — No trying to put a positive spin on it. The Bengals' defense got run over during a season-opening win over the Jets, and there's an awful lot to fix heading into a matchup against a team that's been known to run all over them.

LISTEN: I talked with Tyler Boyd about his return to Pittsburgh

I caught up with rookie wide receiver Tyler Boyd in the Bengals' locker room this afternoon. We talked about his first NFL game, his return to Pittsburgh and more. Listen to the interview below.

Cincinnati Bengals focused on Steelers, not playoff meltdown

As much as the Cincinnati Bengals want to forget the playoff loss to Pittsburgh last year, they know it’s one they won’t soon escape.

Margus Hunt Showed Up Against the Jets

The Cincinnati Bengals came away with a hard fought 23-22 win against the New York Jets on Sunday. For some Bengals fans, this win may have been expected, but what no one saw coming was the emergence of former (and much-maligned) second round pick Margus Hunt. Hunt, a former international track star, was considered nothing short of a project player when he was coming out of SMU. In fact, Hunt had only joined the football team once the track program at SMU folded. The Estonian native was fairly dominant in the college game given his lack of experience, with a talent for blocking field goals, earning him the nickname "The Eastern Block" in the process.

Cincinnati Bengals-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry history of nastiness

Week 2 brings another edition of the Cincinnati Bengals - Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry, and although Vontaze Burfict won’t be in the lineup, serving the second of a three-game suspension for repeated violations of safety-related playing rules, tensions could be high after last season's bizarre finish.

Bengals' Jeremy Hill, A.J. Green are matchup challenges for Steelers defense

If familiarity breeds contempt, the Steelers really aren't looking forward to facing Bengals playmakers A.J. Green and Jeremy Hill. NFL matchups don't get much juicier than the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, who clash Sunday in Heinz Field. Their disdain for each other is obvious, but on the field both teams are on the rise. Each has one of the last two AFC North titles.

Mike Tomlin expects Steelers to handle their emotions against Bengals

The last time the Steelers and Bengals saw each other, it stopped pretending to be a playoff game and turned into a street fight. But with the teams prepared to face off this week with much lower stakes, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he expects his team to keep its emotions in check.

AFC North Bytes

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams still a challenge for Bengals at 33

It's been quiet for Bengals-Steelers week so far, but don't expect it to stay that way. Here are the Steelers players to look out for on Sunday.

Less about skillsets, more in play calling: Josh McCown talks about replacing Robert Griffin III

Following Robert Griffin III's injury, Josh McCown will be replacing him as the starting quarterback during Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. When asked if the Browns offense changes significantly with him as the starting quarterback instead of Griffin, McCown said, "obviously we have different skill sets but it is really on the play calling."

John Harbaugh not happy with Ravens' running game

The Baltimore Ravens' rushing attack had its wings clipped in Week 1 by the Buffalo Bills. John Harbaugh's team dressed just two backs for the opener. Neither did much of anything.

Random Bytes

Brandon Marshall picks up new endorsement after losing two following anthem kneel

Denver linebacker Brandon Marshall lost a pair of endorsements after electing to take a knee during the national anthem prior to last Thursday’s regular season opener between the Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Now he’s getting another endorsement opportunity and isn’t sweating the change.

Weekend at Johnny’s

I traveled across America walking in Johnny Manziel’s shoes, sitting in his bar seats and passing through his velvet ropes. What I discovered, from College Station to West Hollywood and back again, is a wanderer with no place to call home.

Jets alter their 'Color Rush' jerseys to help color-blind viewers

The New York Jets are making a change to their uniforms to help a segment of their fans. When the Jets take the field against the Bills on Thursday night, New York won't be wearing the all-green "Color Rush" it wore last year but rather a white version.

Insider Buzz: 49ers GM Wants Kap Out, Chip Kelly Believes He Can Develop

Would San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke get rid of Colin Kaepernick? Does head coach Chip Kelly want to see if he can fix the 28-year-old quarterback? Was he trying to get Kaepernick ready to play sooner rather than later by giving him snaps against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday?

Burleson: The Lions are for real

NFL Network's Nate Burleson discusses the Detroit Lions as a potential threat in the NFC North.

No surprise Pete Carroll's Seahawks 1st team visiting LA

During his decade in Los Angeles, Pete Carroll felt the void. Even though USC football was the biggest thing in the Los Angeles area during the 2000s and Carroll was the architect behind the dominant Trojans, there was something missing in the football community without the NFL.