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Bengals News (11/5): A former player Cincinnati could really use right now

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The Bengals have let quite a few star players go, but one has left a pretty big hole that still has left to be filled.

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Scouting in cyberspace
It may seem like Jordan Franks surfaced at the snap of Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s fingers last Sunday when he suddenly popped out of the huddle for his first NFL down and Lazor conjured up a wheel route that smoked Buccaneers linebacker Devonte Bond for 32 yards down quarterback Andy Dalton’s right sideline.

This Day in Bengals History: Bengals become first 8-0 AFC North team
Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu breaks open a one-touchdown game when he runs a reverse for a 25-yard touchdown with 13:26 left tonight as his 8-0 Bengals and quarterback Andy Dalton reverse his Thursday fortunes in a 31-10 victory over the Browns at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals come into the national showcase with a big agenda and cash the chips in deflating Johnny Football for the second time in a year while becoming the 11th team in this century and the 33rd of all-time to start 8-0. And the first team from the AFC Central-AFC North tree to do it. Plus, they match the franchise’s all-time record of eight straight regular-season wins.

AJ Green Expected to Miss 'Some Games' with Foot Injury; Seeing Specialist
Rapoport added it will be determined if Green is listed as day-to-day, week-to-week or undergoes surgery to correct the problem after meeting with Anderson.

A.J. Green of Cincinnati Bengals likely out some games with injured toe
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals are crossing their fingers that surgery won't be necessary for wide receiver A.J. Green after he suffered a toe injury during their game against the Buccaneers last Sunday.

BX: The most important Bengals you've never heard of
Mike Potts laments he didn’t shave on this day, as he lines up to have his photo taken alongside Steven Radicevic in a conference room overlooking the field inside Paul Brown Stadium. Fitting, he jokes, that’s how scouts are supposed to look.

Bengals struggled in the first half of the season, but they're still very much in the mix
Despite a slew of injuries, a struggling defense and an inconsistent offense, Cincinnati is right in the mix for the lead in the AFC North, just percentage points behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2-1).

Bengals are seriously missing Kevin Zeitler right now
The Cincinnati Bengals have some serious problems up in front of Andy Dalton right now — and not just because first-round center Billy Price is out with an injury.

Bengals Bytes

Monday Morning Digest: Can Anybody Challenge the NFL's Big 4?
The Saints beat the Rams in a scorcher on Sunday. The Patriots held off the Packers on Sunday night. The Chiefs made short work of the Browns. The big four are a notch above the rest of the league, and it doesn't matter how you rank them: Unless some challenger emerges, the Chiefs, Patriots, Rams and Saints will settle things in the conference championship games and Super Bowl.

Brady and Rodgers May Be the GOAT QBs, but No One Is Better Than Belichick
But that matchup turned out to be, well, boring. Instead, the most glamorous, sexy and fascinating aspect of the Patriots' 31-17 win at Foxborough was watching Bill Belichick totally, completely and without mercy dismantle Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

ESPN: Nevada Sportsbooks Lost $7-10M from Sunday's NFL Week 9 Action
On Monday, David Purdum of ESPN.com reported it was "one of the betting public's best" days as three heavily wagered teams—the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers—all covered the point spread during Sunday's action.

The Winners and Losers From NFL Week 9
Fifteen years ago, Saints receiver Joe Horn did the best celebration in pro football history. He scored a touchdown and stunned the world by removing a cell phone from the padding on the uprights and pretending to call somebody. It was iconic. Back then, having a flip phone was basically a status symbol, a sign that you could play Snake even if stranded in a desert. This is why Kelly Rowland texted Nelly using Microsoft Excel during the “Dilemma” video. Nobody had ever celebrated with an item hidden on the field before — Terrell Owens had hidden a sharpie in his sock, but Horn’s usage of the end zone’s lone hiding spot was a brilliant innovation.

Saints Dethrone Rams as NFL's Team to Beat
Thomas' performance during Sunday's 45-35 victory over the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Rams will be long discussed because of his on-field production and touchdown celebration.