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Bengals Bytes (9/19): Giovani Bernard is capable of leading the backfield

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All is not lost with the injury to Joe Mixon. Giovani Bernard has been around the block too many times for fans to to give up on him.

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Hobson's Choice: Don't Sell Gio Short
It’s an intriguing question. That 2013 staff was as solid as they come with offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, running backs coach Hue Jackson, quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese, linebackers coach Paul Guenther and offensive line coach Paul Alexander. Plus, assistant linebackers coach David Lippincott and assistant secondary coach Adam Zimmer are currently position coaches for Guenther and Mike Zimmer, respectively.

Ted’s Nguyen Film Room: The most interesting plays from Week 2 – The Athletic
We’re​ still in​ the​ early​ stages of the​ season and I’m not​ sure​ how we’ve​ lived​ for​ so long​​ in the offseason without football. There are some surprising 2-0 teams like the Bengals, who were aided by A.J. Green’s hat trick, and some surprising winless teams like the Steelers (0-1-1), who are being dragged down by an abysmal secondary. The Rams confirmed their defensive greatness with a shutout while Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers’ offense continued to surprise people with their vertical attack. We’ll go through how it all transpired and more in this week’s most interesting plays.

Game Notes: Cincinnati Bengals at Carolina Panthers
The 2-0 Bengals enter the contest with an early lead in the AFC North Division standings. With a 34-23 victory vs. Baltimore last week, Cincinnati already has a head-to-head win over the second-place Ravens (1-1) and stands a game and a half ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns (each are 0-1-1).

Bengals Sign Bullock To Contract Extension
Bullock, a seventh-year player, has converted 27 of 30 FGs (90.0 percent) and 45 of 47 PATs (95.7) for 126 points since joining the Bengals during the 2016 season. This season, Bullock has made all four of his FGs and all eight of his PATs, and his 20 points are the most in the AFC and the third-most in the NFL among kickers.

8 things we’d rather see than Mike Mitchell wearing Bengals stripes
The Cincinnati Bengals worked out former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell this week, along with eight other players. Problem is, Mitchell is hated in the city for his borderline dirty play and repeated injury-inflicting hits on star Bengals.

Cincinnati Bengals: First look at Week 3 foe Carolina Panthers
While the Carolinas continue to recover from the flooding left by Hurricane Florence, the Cincinnati Bengals are preparing for a Week 3 road matchup with the Panthers. The teams meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Carolina (1-1) is coming off a 31-24 loss at Atlanta but will provide the Bengals (2-0) with a challenge in the form of a college-style offense that provides a lot of different looks and unique threats.

NFL Week 3 odds: Bengals enter Week 3 vs. Panthers as underdogs
Oddsmakers don’t like the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite a 2-0 start with a firm grip on the AFC North, the Bengals enter Week 3 on the road against the Carolina Panthers as underdogs at OddsShark.

Random Bytes

Report: Tom Brady 'Would Divorce' Bill Belichick If He Could
According to a passage in Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time, a source with knowledge of the dynamic between Brady and Belichick intimated Brady isn't enthused by the prospect of playing for the 66-year-old anymore.

'It's a Circus There': Antonio Brown No-Show Confirms Tomlin Has Lost Steelers
For those of us who like Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, there is a hard truth that must be said: He has lost his locker room. It's all but impossible to consider all that is happening in Pittsburgh now and conclude Tomlin, now in his 12th year with the club, has a firm grasp on what's happening with his players.

Brett Favre calls Clay Matthews’ penalty on Kirk Cousins a “textbook hit”
Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on the roughing penalty Clay Matthews received Sunday for his hit on Kirk Cousins. Nearly everyone agrees it was a questionable call aside from NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron, who insists it was correctly officiated and will use the hit as a “teaching tool” for teams this week.

Best Snap Judgments from NFL Insiders After Week 2
One of the many things that makes football so great is its aftermath: sitting around on Sunday or Monday and completely overreacting to what just happened. Those snap judgments take place in your local bar, in your fantasy league group chat and also in the NFL.

Group of Pro Football Hall of Famers to Boycott Ceremony over Salary, Benefits
A group of Hall of Famers sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Pro Football Hall of Fame President C. David Baker to inform them they would not make the trip to Canton anymore unless they were given health insurance and an annual salary that includes a share of the league's revenue, via ESPN's Arash Markazi: