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Could Tyler Eifert’s surgery be for something more serious than just a disc surgery? Why the Browns are hopeless. The top 25 sportscasters of 2017.

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TDBH: Winless Bengals crush Super Bowl champion Steelers, 34-10
Even though the Steelers are in their last great, dynastic stretch of back-to-back Super Bowl titles, the 0-6 Bengals underscore the intensity of the rivalry when they rise up and bury 5-1 Pittsburgh, 34-10, with a Cincinnati team that goes on to finish 4-12. The first thing I’m going to do,” says Bengals head coach Homer Rice, “is study the film and make sure it happened.” Linebacker Reggie Williams can vouch for the afternoon at Riverfront Stadium that marks the second time the Bengals beat Pittsburgh in five years.

Top 50 Moments: Parrish Masters Unconventional Scoring
On Oct. 6, 1974, cornerback and return specialist Lemar Parrish had a 90-yard punt return touchdown and 47-yard fumble return touchdown against the Redskins in a 28-17 Bengals victory. This was one of three games where he tallied multiple unconventional scores by kickoff return, blocked field goal, interception and punt return.

Bengals' playoff chances look better with sweep of Steelers
When the Bengals’ 2017 season began, thoughts of returning to the playoffs were a given. The draft was decent. Well, the youth issue was addressed but the O-line woes were ignored. Yet, it looked as though the Bengals (2-3) could fake it until they made the right moves. Then, they went 0-3 and the sky was falling. Now, after the Bye Week, they will be facing another must-win matchup with the Steelers.

Walkthru: Has Tyler Eifert played his last game with Bengals?
One question crossed my mind when Tyler Eifert opted to have back surgery and end his 2017 season. Have we seen the last of Eifert for the Bengals? Hard to believe we’ve come to this. I distinctly remember having discussions with those inside the team where the point of many financial decisions the last two years was putting aside money to ensure they could pay Eifert the top tight end money he deserved.

Tyler Eifert timeline hints it might be something more than disc surgery
It’s not just the announcement of back surgery and that the Bengals tight end’s season is over, but the timeline. Four to six months is beyond the usual timeline for a simple disc herniation surgery.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens, Bears share disappointment over 2015 first-round WRs
When the Baltimore Ravens play host to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the game will feature two teams headed in different directions. The Ravens (3-2) are tied for first in the AFC North, and the Bears (1-4) are last in the NFC North. What these two teams do share is disappointment over their selections of wide receivers in the first round of the 2015 draft. The Ravens' Breshad Perriman and the Bears' Kevin White are among the biggest underachievers in that draft class, spending more time on the sideline with injuries than on the field making big plays.

Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook: Browns Again Fail to Understand Today's NFL
Maybe you've heard this one before, but the Cleveland Browns are awful. Sitting at 0-5, the Browns are one of the NFL's three winless teams, joining the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. However, the difference in these three franchises is staggering. Over the course of the last two seasons, the leadership in Cleveland has proven inept.

Steelers 2017 Week 6 Injury Report: G Ramon Foster Questionable For Chiefs Game
Guard Ramon Foster (back) was unable to practice for a third consecutive day on Friday and he ends the week listed as questionable. Should Foster be unable to play Sunday against the Chiefs then backup interior offensive lineman B.J. Finney would start in his place at left guard. Finney made his first career start last season in place of Foster against the Chiefs and played well in the Steelers 43-14 home win.

Random Bytes

Sports broadcasters rankings 2017: Top 25 play-by-play
Which play-by-play commentators are the best voices in the game? We live in a great era for play-by-play voices. The list of quality game-callers is deep and sports broadcasting has become far more inclusive than ever as evidenced by women (Tiffany Greene, Beth Mowins, Kate Scott, etc…) regularly getting play-by-play assignments that have traditionally been the domain of men only.

The secret to keeping NFL games on track is this little chain clip
The clip is a little contraption designed as a fail-safe for the chains. It is placed every time the chains move after a new first down is gained to mark a spot where the chains can reset if necessary.

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Will Be Petitioned by NFLPA for Rehearing
The NFL Players Association will be filing a petition with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a rehearing of Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension. Gaming and sports attorney Daniel Wallach tweeted the email NFLPA attorney Jeffrey L. Kessler sent to Judge Katherine Polk Failla on Friday about filing a petition: