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Bengals Bytes (9/23): Staying hot

The Bengals look to keep their strong defensive play going at home. Mike Wallace has been paying off for Baltimore. And, third string quarterback? No problem for the Patriots.

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Broncos Demaryius Thomas wants a 'better offense'; Emmanuel Sanders 'frustrated,' but happy team 2-0

The Broncos receivers are frustrated, but also understand team is undefeated. Receivers want touches. They live to make plays. They can't do that without the ball thrown in their direction. As such, the Broncos tandem of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders remain frustrated, if not conflicted. They want to help more, yet the Broncos are 2-0 behind a bruising ground game that ranks fourth in yards per game. Denver sits 26th overall in passing yards.

Bengals WR A.J. Green: Fatherhood is 'unbelievable'

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was red-eyed and tired on Thursday afternoon, but he couldn't keep the smile off his face. Green and his wife Miranda's first child, Easton Ace Green, was born around noon on Wednesday after 36 hours of waiting. Green was absent from practice that day to attend the birth, and had there been a game that day (the original due date was Sept. 30), he happily would've missed that too.

Bengals' Tyler Eifert, A.J. Green practice on Thursday

Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert practiced for the second straight day on Thursday, his first week back after returning from offseason ankle surgery. A.J. Green also returned to practice after missing Wednesday to witness the birth of his child. Tight end C.J. Uzomah (ribs) returned after sitting out Wednesday.

Cincinnati Bengals RBs in NFL third-worst at yards before contact

Fixing the struggling run game has been one of the priorities this week for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals rank 31st in the NFL in rushing, averaging 51.5 yards per game. The only team with a worse average is the Vikings, who just lost Adrian Peterson to a knee injury.

Cincinnati Bengals tackle Cedric Ogbuehi tasked with facing Von Miller

Watching the latest film of Broncos linebacker Von Miller would probably be enough to make any offensive lineman cringe. And if that lineman knows he'll be facing Miller next? Well, good luck. There was a multitude of words used around the Cincinnati Bengals locker room to describe the four-time All-Pro. Big, strong, and fast were just a few of the superlatives.

Defense hopes to stay hot at "crazy loud' PBS

Raucous and rowdy Paul Brown Stadium, a mausoleum for opposing quarterbacks and a playground for the Bengals’ Double A Gap Blitz, is open for business again in Sunday’s sold-out opener (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) when the Bengals try to hand Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian his first loss in his third NFL start.

Fantasy Forecast: Week 3

If you consider the sheer amount of injuries we saw last week across the NFL, putting together a fantasy line-up this week will be a challenge for most owners to say the least. The Vikings dropped a bomb on fantasy owners Wednesday morning when they announced Adrian Peterson would need surgery to repair his torn meniscus, knocking him out of action "minimum" of 3-4 months.

Dalton, Bengals look to get best of old rivals in Denver

The band is being brought back together on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, but the Cincinnati Bengals have to hope that their front man can finally get over some of the issues created by the engineer of the Denver Broncos defense, and his top producer.

Bengals in Focus with PFF: Figuring out the run game

Every week, we sit down to talk Bengals with a lead analyst at Pro Football Focus, an advanced analytics website headquartered in Cincinnati off Main St. in Over-the-Rhine. PFF is a service used by 19 out of the 32 NFL teams and analyzes every player on every play of every game to aid in game research. This week we talk to lead PFF analyst Steve Palazzolo and jump into the struggles of the Bengals' running game and the possibility of breaking through against the spectacular Broncos defense.

Bengals' A.J. Green on birth of his son

It was a whirlwind handful of days for KeiVarae Russell, the No. 74 overall pick out of Notre Dame.

Bengals notes: Special teams looking to spark; Eifert practices again

In his opening statement on Monday following the Cincinnati Bengals’ eight-point loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis opted to point out the third phase of the team first

AFC North Bytes

Ben Roethlisberger Comments on Bengals Game, Antonio Brown, Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has helped lead his team to a 2-0 record and is fresh off a big win against his NFC North divisional rival Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2.

Mike Wallace has accounted for all of the Baltimore Ravens' TDs

Wide receiver Mike Wallace didn't know he was an answer to a Baltimore Ravens trivia question until tight end Dennis Pitta told him. The Ravens have scored three touchdowns in the first two weeks of the season, and Wallace has delivered all of them.

Cleveland Browns: 5 Bold Predictions For NFL Week 3 Vs. Dolphins

The Cleveland Browns have not started the 2016 NFL season in the fashion they were hoping. Hue Jackson was hoping they would shock the league and make a run to the postseason, but that doesn’t appear likely to happen.

Random Bytes

Bill O’Brien blames loss on execution, reminds everyone it’s still early

On Thursday night, the Texans sustained their first shutout since their second NFL season. After the game, coach Bill O’Brien wasn’t happy — but he wasn’t ready to panic.

Texans vs. Patriots: Score and Twitter Reaction for Thursday Night Football

The New England Patriots handed rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett the keys to the offense Thursday night, and he delivered in a 27-0 romp over the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. According to the NFL's official Twitter account, the Patriots are now 6-0 under head coach Bill Belichick when a quarterback is making the first start of his career.

Panthers Reportedly Could Move Home Game Following Riots in Charlotte

Carolina Panthers officials are reportedly set to meet Thursday to discuss potential security issues ahead of Sunday's home game against the Minnesota Vikings, following protests in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area that are expected to continue into the weekend.

Goodell: NFL won’t change kickoff rule during season

The adjustment to the touchback has backfired on the NFL, resulting in more kickoff returns, not fewer, through the first two weeks of the 2016 regular season. Regardless, the change will remain for the rest of the season.

Chris Simms' NFL Picks for Week 3

The first two weeks of the NFL season were filled with close games and exciting finishes. What does Week 3 have in store? Watch the video above as Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Chris Simms joins Adam Lefkoe to make his Week 3 picks.