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Bengals Bytes (9/20): No sideshow

The Bengals and Steelers got back to the roots of their rivalry with a good ol' fashioned football game. The Ravens could be getting a pass rusher back. Bruce Arians has insane expectations for his offense.

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Doc: Dear fans, the NFL doesn't hate the Bengals

One (1), the NFL doesn’t hate the Bengals. Half the time, the NFL forgets Cincinnati is even in the league. Thank you, ‘Taze and Pac, for reminding them. Aided and abetted by ESPN, the league thinks only 10 teams play once a week for 16 of 17 weeks: The Patriots, the Cowboys, the Broncos, the Steelers, the Packers and whoever those five are playing that week. The Packers are off that list as soon as Aaron Rodgers retires

Bengals Walkthru: Sending Monday emojis

Time for one of the new elements to our game coverage this season. I'm concerningly excited about this one. The day after every game, I will send out my Monday emojis.

Cincinnati Bengals-Pittsburgh Steelers bitter rivalry toned down

There were no fights, no Twitter spats and no jaw-breaking hits. The yellow flag barely even left the officials’ pockets in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 24-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Was Sunday the beginning of a new, more mature Bengals-Steelers rivalry?

Bengals secondary stops vs. Antonio Brown, still expects improvement

When asked about how the Cincinnati Bengals fared against Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown on Sunday, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones turned the question around.

Nowhere to Run

In the Bengals season-opening win over the Jets, A.J. Green, C.J. Uzomah, and Brandon LeFell each had a catch of at least 49 yards. The Pittsburgh Steelers were determined not to let Cincinnati go deep in week two.

Marvin Lewis news conference transcript

Starting in special teams, we have to make some things happen. We didn’t affect the game positively in special teams, and in a close football game like that, we have to take that opportunity. Offensively, with first and second downs, we have to do a better job there, which will lead to better opportunity conversions on third down. That ended up being the key to the game, their ability to convert third downs, sometimes unconventionally, with their quarterback being able to stay alive and make a play to get the ball to a receiver. Those are the things that you take away from the football game.

Bengals feel run game issues correctable

Ken Zampese smiled slightly. The smell of fresh coffee hung in the air in the middle of the afternoon as the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator was breaking down the 24-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and he was told that Andy Dalton leads the NFL in passing yards after two weeks, with 732, and yards per game at an even 366.

Bengals notes: No sign of Hewitt; Bernard’s quiet milestone

One noticeable absence the first two weeks of the season has been H-back Ryan Hewitt. He’s liked inside the Bengals offices for his ability leading the way in the running game and versatility to help at tight end. That was apparent when the Bengals inked him to a three-year extension this offseason

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis addresses ‘fallacy’ of replay

On Monday, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis spent more than half of his press conference having to talk about non-football issues following his team’s 24-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers the day before – this time regarding the use (or non-use) of instant replay on three key plays from the game.

AFC North Bytes

Elvis Dumervil has a shot of playing against the Jacksonville

Elvis Dumervil hasn't practiced since Aug. 29 after having a setback from offseason foot surgery. The team says it's up to him on whether he can play. Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged Monday that it's a possibility that Dumervil will play after missing the first two games of the season with a foot injury.

Charlie Whitehurst to Browns

The Cleveland Browns added some much-needed quarterback depth Monday when they signed Charlie Whitehurst to a deal, per SportsTrust Advisors.

2016 South Side Questions: Will Steelers Lighten Williams' Load In Last Start?

The regular season is here, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are taking their practices at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, formerly known and still referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility of Heinz Field. While the real work is now upon us, there is plenty left to be done.

Random Bytes

Lane Johnson will play Sunday, has appeal hearing Week 4

Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson will play one more game with a 10-game suspension hanging over his head. Johnson will play Sunday against the Steelers, Jeff McLane of Philly.com reports. He then has his appeal hearing during Week Four, when the Eagles are on their bye.

Bill O’Brien burns the midnight oil to get ready for Thursday game

Some players hate playing on a Thursday after playing on a Sunday. Others love it, pointing out that, for them, it’s an easy work week prior to the game. For coaches, it’s not. They have to prepare a game plan and otherwise cram a full week of work into Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Monday Morning Digest: Lovable Patriots, Bradford's Moxie and Injuries Galore

Everything was going right for the Vikings on Sunday night. Then something went very, very wrong. A potentially devastating knee injury to Adrian Peterson overshadowed a 17-14 victory over the Packers and quarterback Sam Bradford's encouraging Vikings debut. The sight of Peterson needing help to hobble to the locker room and walking on crutches during postgame interviews marked a downbeat ending to a Sunday of upsets, shootouts, comebacks and gutsy efforts by third-string quarterbacks.

Bruce Arians not pleased with Arizona Cardinals' offense despite rout

Despite finishing with 143 all-purpose yards in the Arizona Cardinals' 40-7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, running back David Johnson didn't have a good showing, his coach said.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory withdraws appeal

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory withdrew the appeal of his 10-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy and now will be suspended 14 games in full, through Week 14, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Todd Archer on Monday. Gregory won't be eligible to play this season until Week 16 because the Cowboys have a bye week (Week 7) during the ban.