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Bengals Bytes (10/29): Not their job

Players shouldn’t be forced to point out major problems with the team, but twice this season Bengals’ players have had to call out coaching. The Browns were forced to evacuate their hotel due to a gas leak.

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TDBH:‘Quiet Giant’ Munoz stands tall in 56-point onslaught
After numbing back-to-back home losses to Miami and Indianapolis in which the Bengals’ high-octane offense scores just a combined 25 points, the frustrated defending AFC champions erupt for 35 second-half points and their most ever at Riverfront Stadium in a 56-23 victory over Tampa Bay’s estimable defense. After starting the season 4-1 and feeling they have let a golden opportunity slip by, the Bengals move to 5-3 with their most touchdowns (eight) and TD passes (six) ever as quarterback Boomer Esiason matches his club record five touchdown passes and wide receiver Tim McGee completes his 127-yard day with a 45-yard TD catch from backup quarterback Erik Wilhelm.

John Ross injury update: How to handle the Bengals WR vs. Colts
The Cincinnati Bengals are no longer listing John Ross on their final injury report for Week 8, meaning he’s ready to rock against the Indianapolis Colts. The Bengals have been desperate to get Ross onto the field and into a big role in the offense ever since taking him ninth overall from Washington in this year’s NFL draft. However, Ross had surgery to repair a torn labrum shortly after Washington's pro day this offseason.

Media Roundtable: Bengals look to get on their horse
The Luck-less Colts are injured and reeling after last week’s 27-0 home repudiation at the hands of the Jaguars with the Bengals.com Media Roundtable categorizing the Bengals closer to that clutch of 10 teams with three or four wins in a unanimous call over Indy. With the 4-3 Jags and Titans and 3-3 Broncos waiting at home for the Bengals in the next three weeks and the Colts staring at Houston and Pittsburgh the next two weeks, it’s almost like PBS is the scene of an elimination game on the afternoon of Game 5 of the World Series.

Walkthru: Predictions for Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals
Friday Walkthru means offering up predictions for Sunday’s game. For this week’s Stadium Tour/Prediction video we trekked to the top of the south end zone scoreboard. It’s typically used by the Bengals video team and road video team for their All-22 shots on gamedays (not the coaches, which I misspoke in the video, my bad). Also, the network TV folks will go up there for wide-angle shots. Regardless, more than just a couple steps to find your way to the top. Watch the full video at the top of the story. Here’s a shot hanging out the window.

Bengals' players shouldn't have to point out problems
After eight weeks of what was supposed to be a marvelous year, things look shaky for the Bengals. Ken Zampese was kicked out the door under tons of pressure and the offense made strides towards looking decent. They came out strong against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 but lost in overtime. For most of that game, it seemed that the offense had turned the corner and big things were about to happen. But, Week 7 saw a return to the problems which had plagued the team during their 0-3 slide.

AFC North Bytes

Browns forced to evacuate London hotel because of gas leak
The Browns didn’t sleep well in London, and it had nothing to do with their bodies failing to adjust to the time change. Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports that Browns players, coaches and staff evacuated the team hotel at 5:45 a.m. because of a gas leak. The Browns were forced out of their rooms for about an hour before being given the all-clear to return.

Tomlin on game plans, defense, resting Bell
I know as a position coach that was something I did as I brought to a close my preparation for the present opponent, I might sneak a peek or organize my thoughts and set a few things aside during a couple of hours on a Friday or a Saturday in preparation for that Monday. Officially, collectively, the work starts in terms of game prep on Monday morning.

Random Bytes

Martellus Bennett Hints at Retirement After 2017 Season on Instagram
Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett posted a message on Instagram suggesting he's going to retire from the NFL following the 2017 season. Master Tesfatsion‏ of the Washington Post passed along comments the 30-year-old Texas A&M product made Saturday.

Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones among owners trying to hijack Roger Goodell's proposed contract extension
Along with 16 other NFL owners, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was among the leaders of a conference call Thursday to see if there were anything they still could do to hijack commissioner Roger Goodell's pending contract extension, per leagues sources involved with and on the call.

Texans Reportedly Plan to Protest vs. Seahawks Due to Bob McNair Comments
Houston Texans players are reportedly planning a unified protest before Sunday's road game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field after team owner Bob McNair said "we can't have the inmates running the prison" during a discussion regarding NFL players who've taken a knee during the national anthem, per ESPN's Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr.