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Bengals Bytes (12/4): Joe Mixon thinks this is only the beginning

Mixon had his first 100 yard game against the Browns last week, and he thinks that is a sign of things to come. Vontaze Burfict isn’t sorry.

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Bengals' Joe Mixon believes recent run of success is just the beginning
Bengals running back Joe Mixon got the latest edition of the Madden NFL video game this year. Mixon said he has been playing the game since he was practically in diapers, often playing as the Falcons so he could use Michael Vick to throw screen passes to Warrick Dunn.

Vontaze Burfict is not sorry
The moment has attained the status of football lore: Once upon a time, Vontaze Burfict almost beat the Pittsburgh Steeler by himself. He temporarily knocked Ben Roethlisberger out of the game on a third-quarter sack and picked off backup QB Landry Jones with the Bengals up 16-15 in the last two minutes of a 2016 AFC wild-card game

Paul Daugherty: Beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals can restore faith

The Bengals have encouraged a sort of fatalistic apathy the past two years. They lose, we shrug. Nobody around here will be surprised if they don’t beat the Steelers Monday night. Not enough will be angry about it. That’s the big issue. Losing to Pittsburgh is just a symptom

Media Roundtable: Bengals try to flip script

The 5-6 Bengals are hot with two straight wins and the 9-2 Steelers are scalding with seven in a row so it’s quite fitting they’ll meet at unseasonably warm Paul Brown Stadium Monday night (8:30-ESPN, Cincinnati’s Channel 5) to turn the heat up in the AFC North play-off chase.

TDBH: Dillon eclipses a legend on starry night at Riverfront
On his second carry of the night Bengals running back Corey Dillon goes over 700 yards for his rookie season to earn a $30,000 bonus. A total of 37 carries later Dillon sets a priceless record when he breaks Jim Brown’s single-game rookie rushing record with 246 shock-absorber yards, a feat magnified by Brown’s legend and the 40 years since he went for 237 against the Rams. The 6-1, 225-pound Dillon’s angry power runs complete with ferocious stiff arms have already made him a Riverfront Stadium favorite this season but now the crowd is chanting, “Co-re-ee, Co-re-ee,” throughout the second half of a 41-14 rout of the Tennessee Oilers, their one-year nickname as awkward as their eight-man front that backfires

AFC North Bytes

Tomlin’s words loom as Steelers prepare to face Bengals
Last Sunday night, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made waves by deviating from the coachspeak playbook and talking openly about not one but two upcoming showdowns against the Patriots. The potential consequences of Tomlin’s decision to discuss the proverbial “elephant in the room” could arise both in December, and again in January

Josh Gordon shines in return but Browns lose 19-10 to Chargers to fall to 0-12
The Browns served notice on their first play of the game that Josh Gordon was in the house. Lined up in the slot, Gordon caught a 9-yard slant from DeShone Kizer to announce to the world, "I'm back.''

Random Bytes

Chiefs maddening loss to Jets a metaphor for Kansas City's collapse
Kansas City's latest loss will be remembered most for cornerback Marcus Peters having a mental meltdown and throwing an official's yellow flag into the MetLife Stadium crowd

Russell Wilson Does It All for 'Hawks in Possible Playoff Preview Against Eagles
Wilson was doing what he always does: carrying the team on his slim shoulders, and running both frantically and purposefully. This time, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham gave chase, and just before Bradham caught him, Wilson threw the football downfield incomplete, avoiding the sack.

NFL Team Grades for Week 13
Lucky Week 13 of the 2017 NFL season featured a number of matchups with big implications for the postseason. In Nashville and Jacksonville, the Titans and Jaguars faced winnable games against division opponents as they jockey for position in the AFC South.