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Bengals Bytes (9/17): Hit to remember

Kevin Huber will never forget getting knocked out against the Steelers. The Browns will grow as their rookies do. The Bills make a big move after an embarrassing start to their season.

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Sir Isaac enjoys Green defying gravity

After he was kind enough to watch all of A.J. Green’s NFL-leading 12 catches from Sunday’s Opening Day win over the Jets, Isaac Curtis pronounced what he already knew. Of all the Bengals wide receivers that have arrived since he set the standard from 1973-84, Adriel Jeremiah Green (as Bengals radio voice Dan Hoard has called him after all 46 touchdowns) is the best.

Is this a different Bengals team?

The "Good Morning Football" crew discusses whether the Cincinnati Bengals can surpass expectations and pitfalls of past years.

Bengals punter Kevin Huber recalls Steelers hit that broke his jaw

The Cincinnati Bengals vs. the Steelers has developed into the NFL's most violent rivalry, and punter Kevin Huber has been among the casualties.

For Bengals and Steelers, familiarity breeds contempt

PITTSBURGH — In Cincinnati, it is impossible to not look at the long road to the Northeast, about 300 miles, down the passages of Interstates 70, 270 and 79, where the mist hangs between the hills early in the morning, and wonder how different it truly is.

FOX19 NOW and The Enquirer/Cincinnati.com announce content partnership

FOX19 NOW and the Enquirer/Cincinnati.com have formed a news-sharing partnership between the two organizations. The partnership takes advantage of both operations’ strengths, and builds upon their strong brands, established through years of service to Tri-State news consumers.

Antonio Brown says Cincinnati Bengals will do 'whatever it takes' to cover me

Antonio Brown has "no fear, no doubts, no worries" about playing the Cincinnati Bengals, the team that knocked him out of an AFC wild-card matchup with a concussion. The star Pittsburgh Steelers receiver does know at least six ways the Bengals defense will try to cover him Sunday in the first game this season between the AFC North rivals.

Keeping Andy Dalton upright will be vital for Bengals vs. Steelers

The Cincinnati Bengals know they have a tough challenge ahead against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Steelers easily put away the Redskins, 38-16, on Monday. They're coming off a short week, but it doesn't seem like they had to expend too much energy in their first game.

Green's big ten days

In the middle of what is turning into a whirlwind ten days, perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green sat down with the Hobson’s Choice Podcast and grabbed a number of topics: -After Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12), he and wife Miranda head to the hospital Monday night with the hopes of delivering their first child. He expounds on why he’ll be there no matter the day.

Notes: Lewis unfazed; Quez ready to go

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is surprised to say the least about a story bannering the NFL’s discussion with referee Pete Morelli’s crew about how it will work Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Pittsburgh. More than $200,000 fines and a three-game suspension were handed out last year in the three chippy games, but Lewis, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, says it’s business as usual.

AFC North Bytes

Listen: What Mike Tomlin said and what he implied

How about this? Mike Tomlin indicates he believes his players handled themselves appropriately in the playoff game, that their focus is singular, to win. He said his team understands they can't beat themselves.

5 things to know: Browns D will grow at pace rookies do

There was an understanding the Browns would be young on defense going into the season, and the snap count sheet told the story in the season opener. Two rookies, defensive lineman Carl Nassib and linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah, were starters who combined for 110 snaps. Linebacker Joe Schobert, listed first on the depth chart at outside linebacker, logged 29 snaps. Safety Derrick Kindred was on the field for 23. And that’s on top of the combined 200-plus snaps played by second-year players.

Dumveril, Dixon declared out for Sunday against Browns

Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot) will miss his second straight game on Sunday, as he has been declared out for the Week 2 game at Cleveland. Rookie running back Kenneth Dixon (knee) is also listed as out on the team's final pregame injury report.

Random Bytes

Rob Gronkowski, Football's Brainiest Tight End

He’s thought of as a good-old-bro who dominates based on size and athleticism, but the Pats’ All-Pro tight end is really one of the brainiest players at his position. Don’t just take our word for it—ask the coaches who game-plan for and against him.

Matthew Stafford's rise; will rookie Carson Wentz build on debut?

Matthew Stafford has been viewed as a franchise quarterback since the Detroit Lions selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, but for much of his career, turnover woes, inconsistent passing efficiency and gambling ways prevented the eighth-year pro from passing the velvet ropes into the VIP section of the elite quarterback club. After watching Stafford perform at an MVP level since the middle of the 2015 season, it might be time to grant the Lions' QB1 a golden ticket for an elusive membership.

Russell Wilson Injury: Updates on Seahawks Star's Ankle and Return

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson suffered a right ankle injury in Sunday's 12-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins. His status for Week 2's game against the Los Angeles Rams remains unclear.

Sharper's Hall of Fame nomination causes national outcry

The inclusion of former NFL safety and convicted rapist Darren Sharper on the Pro Football's Hall of Fame nomination list, shocked some people Friday and has started a national debate over who should be eligible for induction.

Rex Ryan: 'My move' to fire Bills OC Greg Roman

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan said Friday he made the decision to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman earlier in the day. Ryan said he met with team ownership the morning after the team's 37-31 loss to the New York Jets on Thursday night and expressed his desire to make the change. Ryan said owners Terry and Kim Pegula supported his decision.