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Bengals Bytes (10/22): Prove it

It is time for the Bengals to prove they are ready to turn this season around by beating the Bengals’ biggest roadblock, the Steelers. The Browns sent home two players prior to their game against Houston last week.

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Media Roundtable: Bengals try to counter Steelers' early move
At 2-3 with 11 games left, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has told his team their season has come down to 11 one-game seasons. Sunday’s game (4:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Heinz Field against the 4-2 Steelers is far from an elimination game. But with four of the next five on the road, the Media Roundtable knows how important it is.

Kevin Gorman: Vontaze Burfict shows best and worst of Bengals
Vontaze Burfict is so volatile that the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker should come with a danger warning label. Burfict is preceded by a reputation for dirty play that has drawn eight fines, a pair of three-game NFL suspensions — one for his vicious hit on a defenseless Antonio Brown in a 2016 AFC wild-card game — and a forfeiture of $2,187,018 in salary.

Cincinnati Bengals: Players to watch vs. Steelers in Week 7
Week 6 was a nice reprieve for Cincinnati Bengals fans. After grinding out a tough win over the Buffalo Bills to get themselves to 2-3, the team got to enter their bye week on a two game win streak. Even better: they were given an extra week of time to prepare for a game against their longtime rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin not surprised by Carl Lawson's early NFL success
Carl Lawson lasted until the 116th selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, where the Cincinnati Bengals picked the Auburn defensive end. The fourth-rounder has been a find, though, with 3.5 sacks and a growing reputation as a pass-rusher while playing outside linebacker and defensive end on a situational basis for the Bengals. But Lawson's production in the first five games of his NFL career hasn't come as a surprise to Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

Time for Bengals to prove they can beat the Steelers
The day that most Bengals fans live for is happening in Week 7. A divisional matchup with the Steelers will be on tap for their viewing pleasure. Cincinnati travels to the Steel City to tangle with their rivals. Truthfully, the game is one that could mean more to the Bengals than fans realize. This is a chance to prove the momentum gained with two straight wins is no fluke. On Sunday afternoon, the Bengals need to show they can handle the Steelers.

How to watch Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers on TV, online
The 2-3 Cincinnati Bengals play their sixth game of the 2017 season on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. against the 4-2 Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Preview coverage from The Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski.

AFC North Notes

Stephon Tuitt out, Vince Williams in for Bengals game
The Steelers will be without defensive end Stephon Tuitt again this week, but Vince Williams returned to practice Friday and is expected to play against the Bengals on Sunday. Tuitt, who did not practice all week, will miss the game with a back injury. Williams missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a hip injury, but he is not listed on the injury report and chalked up his absence earlier in the week to “maintenance days.”

Kenny Britt, Corey Coleman Sent Home for Missing Curfew Before Browns vs. Texans
Cleveland Browns wide receivers Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman were sent home before the team's game against the Houston Texans in Week 6. Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo (via's Nick Shook), Britt and Coleman missed curfew on Saturday night and were sent home the following day.

Ravens re-sign Tony Bergstrom
The Ravens re-signed offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom on Saturday. They had released him Thursday to make room for wide receiver Griff Whalen. To make room, the Ravens waived cornerback Tony McRae.

Random Bytes

Jameis Winston to Start vs. Bills Despite Shoulder Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said Friday that quarterback Jameis Winston will start Sunday against the Buffalo Bills despite a shoulder injury, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Winston left last week's loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder.

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley #1 Prospect 2018 NFL Draft
The Titans, built sturdy and tough up front, rushed for 195 yards on the vaunted Seahawks defense on Sunday. The Ravens spent the last two offseason getting younger and quicker on defense, and that group kept the Bengals and Browns out of the end zone in Weeks 1 and 2. Then in London, a Jaguars offense reworked this offseason with size in mind ran for 166 yards on them.

Datone Jones dubs Brett Hundley a “future Hall of Famer” – ProFootballTalk
The timeline may not work as smoothly, but the Packers could be in the early days of their third straight Canton-bound signal caller, according to one of his former teammates. Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Datone Jones (a first-round pick of the Packers who had bounced around the rest of the NFC North this year) thinks Hundley will join the immortals, at some point.