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Bengals Bytes (10/18): Jessie Bates III will be important to slowing down the Chiefs high power offense

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Jessie Bates III will be important to keeping Patrick Mahomes from dropping bombs on the Bengals’ defense.

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Matchup Of The Game: Young Man's Game As Bates Eyes Mahomes
The Red Sox are riding the heroics of JBJ (Jackie Bradley Jr.) in this week’s ALCS and the Bengals hope to ride on the coat tails of JB3 (Jessie Bates III) in their own shot in prime time Sunday (8:20 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5) when the beleaguered Cincinnati defense meets the future in the live right arm of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Quick hits: Gio Still Re-Habbing; Faster Big Ben?; Carlos Seeks Statement Game
It looks like another week without running back Giovani Bernard (knee) and a close call on safety Shawn Williams (concussion) for Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs (8:20 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5) in Kansas City. They went to the rehab field Wednesday, where they were joined by rookie center Billy Price (foot). Price is out of the boot and the best guess is they’ll bring him back for the Paul Brown Stadium game against the Saints on Nov. 11.

Dalton, Lewis News Conference Transcripts - 10/17
“I saw his arm talent and what he can do. He’s obviously been showing it all year. He’s playing really well and at a really high level. That’s the biggest thing everybody knew about him when he was coming out. I watched him when he was at (Texas) Tech, just being a Big 12 (fan) with TCU. He’s playing really well.”

Week 7 NFL odds, picks: Bengals shock Chiefs, Ravens dominate Saints, Bears beat Patriots
The Bengals may not know how to beat the Steelers, but they've been pretty good against the rest of the league this season. On paper, they match up well against the Chiefs, who are coming off their first loss of the season. In Baltimore, the Saints have to figure out how to keep Drew Brees upright; a week ago, the Ravens defense sacked Marcus Mariota a mind-blowing 11 times, while the Baltimore offense has some semblance of balance for the first time in years. And in Chicago, the Bears bounce back from last week's Brock Osweiler-ing in Miami. Khalil Mack and the NFL's most tenacious defense will make life difficult for Tom Brady, and Chicago will beat New England for the first time since ... 2000, back when Brady was a rookie and Mitchell Trubisky was 6 years old.

Billy Price, Giovanni Bernard, Tyler Kroft, Nick Vigil injury update
Billy Price received positive news upon having his right foot injury re-evaluated this week. The boot is gone. He’s cleared to work on the rehab field.

Vontaze Burfict: Analyst says Bengals' owner, coach should be fined
There's been plenty of clamor this week about Vontaze Burfict, insisting that the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker should be fined or suspended for what some view as a pattern of dirty behavior on the field, culminating with a hit he made on Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in the Bengals' 28-21 loss to their AFC North rival on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

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