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Bengals Bytes (10/11): Moving inside

Michael Johnson’s move to the interior of the defense seems to have rejuvenated his career. Leon Hall finds a job in the NFL again. Adrian Peterson gets traded to the Cardinals.

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TDBH: Bengals rally around Zimmer for emotional late victory over Ravens to stay unbeaten in North
Coaching in unspeakable grief today with his father, son and daughter in the stands less than 72 hours after his wife’s sudden death, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer helps dial up one of the most emotional victories in Bengals history. After his unit holds Ravens long ball quarterback Joe Flacco to just six yards per pass in the 17-14 victory, Zimmer gets the game ball from head coach Marvin Lewis.

Top 50 Moments: March to Super Bowl XVI Begins with Comeback Win
The march to the first Super Bowl starts off quietly and obscurely on Sept. 6 in front of an intimate gathering of 41,177 at Riverfront in the 1981 regular season opener. With his team trailing Seattle 21-0 late in the first quarter, head coach Forrest Gregg doesn't bat an eye in pulling franchise quarterback Ken Anderson after watching him complete just five of 15 passes for 39 yards. With Anderson's projected successor Jack Thompson hurting, Gregg improbably turns to second-year Stanford quarterback Turk Schonert in what may save the season before it even starts. After fumbling away a snap, Schonert completes just nine of his first 18 NFL passes for 130 yards but doesn't throw an interception and swashbuckles to 41 yards on seven bolts from the pocket as he rallies the Bengals to a 27-21 victory.

Fantasy Recap: Week 5
Injuries are a common occurrence in the NFL this season, and this week we saw Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt go down with season-ending injuries. Beckham fractured his ankle, and Watt suffered a left Tibia plateau. I’ve personally suffered a Tibia plateau, so I feel Watt’s pain. These injuries are just proof that the waiver wire is just as important as the draft!

Leon Hall, former Bengals cornerback, signs with San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday they've signed veteran cornerback Leon Hall - a first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007 who remained with the team until 2015 - to a one-year deal. Hall worked out with the 49ers earlier this year and again last week, according to multiple reports.

Cincinnati Bengals 24th in USA TODAY NFL Power Rankings
The 2-3 Cincinnati Bengals climbed two spots from No. 26 to No. 24 in USA TODAY Sports' NFL Power Rankings, but still rank below several 2-3 teams, including the Dallas Cowboys (15th), the Houston Texans (18th), the Oakland Raiders (22nd) and the Tennessee Titans (23rd). A pair of 2-3 teams - the Arizona Cardinals (28th) and the Indianapolis Colts (29th) - rank lower than the Bengals.

Week 5 Review: Bengals win close game, A.J. Green dominates
What an important win for this Cincinnati team early in the 2017 season. Heading into their last home tilt before a Week 6 bye, the Bengals had to face an incoming 3-1 Bills team that had been covering with technique what they generally lacked in talent. As with other well-coached teams who do the same thing, the Bengals responded by asking their most talented offensive skill players to physically dominate the competition.

Defensive Lineman Michael Johnson Cincinnati Bengals NFL
Physically speaking, Geno Atkins and Michael Johnson make quite the odd couple when they stand next to one another. Johnson is a statuesque 6 feet, 7 inches, and 272 pounds. Atkins is 6-1, 300 pounds of pure power. They’re friends, teammates for seven years. Over the course of those years, they were always separated on the field by Domata Peko or Wallace Gilberry or another rotating nickel-rushing defensive lineman. Atkins was to cause havoc inside, Johnson on the right edge.

Bengals: Get used to seeing Jeremy Hill in Cincinnati
Since Bill Lazor took over the play-calling duties for the Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Mixon has been the featured back. Mixon and Giovani Bernard have taken over the bulk of the carries which leaves Jeremy Hill as the odd man out. With Mixon and Bernard carrying the load, is Hill now expendable?

AFC North Bytes

Rookie Marlon Humphrey’s moxie impressed Ravens coach John Harbaugh
Only five games into his rookie season, Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey demonstrated that he will not back down from a challenge — or an individual. Playing for usual starter Jimmy Smith, who was slowed by a balky Achilles tendon, Humphrey, the 16th overall pick in April’s NFL draft, frequently matched up with Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree in a 30-17 win Sunday.

A closer look at the debut of Myles Garrett: Flashes of greatness
Browns fans finally got their long-awaited look at defensive end Myles Garrett on Sunday afternoon against the Jets. Garrett was limited by a high ankle sprain, so he was on a snap count and only played in the second half when defensive end Carl Nassib left the game with an injury. Nassib would later return and Garrett wouldn't play again. The official play-by-play has Garrett playing 19 snaps, but I could only find 18. For what it's worth, Pro Football Focus initially had Garrett at 18 following the game.

Ben Roethlisberger Says He's One of Best QBs of All Time, Is a 'Gunfighter'
Ben Roethlisberger has been struggling to start the 2017 season, but he maintained on his radio show Monday that he hasn't lost his confidence, per Aditi Kinkhabwala of He also said that he hasn't lost the "belief that I'm one of the best" players to ever play quarterback, per Kinkhabwala.

Random Bytes

Adrian Peterson Reportedly Traded to Cardinals from Saints for Draft Pick
Adrian Peterson's New Orleans Saints career is over after four games. The Saints reportedly traded the future Hall of Famer to the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, prematurely ending a relationship that never really got off the ground, according to Dianna Russini of Adam Schefter of ESPN reported New Orleans will receive a conditional sixth-round selection in the 2018 draft as part of the trade.

Josh Gordon : J.G. | #JG on UNINTERRUPTED
The 26-year-old wide receiver details his struggles with drug abuse as he comes to terms with his mistakes and plans a comeback to NFL because of the three Fs: faith, family and football.

What we learned, didn't learn in Week 5 of 2017 NFL season - Rough Sunday for Odell Beckham Jr. of New York Giants, J.J. Watt of Houston Texans
Ever wonder why we make such a big deal out of NFL player contracts? Like, at the end of the day, why do fans really care how much money the players make? It's not the fans' money, and as long as the team can work the salary cap, what does it really matter whether the top wide receivers make $15 million a year or $17 million a year or $19 million a year?