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Bengals news (10/12): Beyond the gray sky

Between the 0-5 start and talk of trading Hall of Fame-caliber players by the deadline, it hasn’t been a banner year for the Bengals. Still, they have a chance to right the ship quickly and heal things long-term.

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Cincinnati Bengals: Why losing this season is not all bad

Starting 0-5 has already made for a long season. On the current trajectory, it is going to get longer, but it might setup the Bengals for brighter days.

Cincinnati Bengals, A.J. Green dismiss trade talk

Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor said the team is not looking to trade A.J.

Two Bengals Included in ‘NFL 100 Greatest Characters’ List of 31-100

Sam Wyche and Ickey Woods, two icons from the 1988 season, were named two of the NFL’s 100 Greatest Characters.

Bengals missing chance to jump-start rebuild if they don’t trade A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals- ESPN

Instead of moving Green to a contender for a pick, Cincinnati is leaning toward giving Green a deal that could limit its ability to improve the roster.

Dehner Jr.: Bengals keeping A.J. Green is fine, as long as they do – The Athletic

A new deal is imperative if the star wide receiver isn’t parlayed in a trade for draft capital.

Bengals notes: Pratt to get more snaps; Dunlap, Smith out in Baltimore

Cincinnati Bengals rookie Germaine Pratt will get more action to strengthen the weak linebacker spot. And, injuries will keep a few players out.

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AFC North Whiparound, Week 6: Which offseason personnel move does your team want back? – The Athletic

Our AFC North writers tackle the hot topics and lingering questions surrounding the teams they cover and those teams’ biggest rivals.

Mason Rudolph ruled out, Devlin Hodges starts for Steelers – ProFootballTalk

The Steelers are down to their third-string quarterback. Mason Rudolph has been ruled out after suffering a concussion last week, and that leaves Devlin Hodges to start on Sunday night against the Chargers.

Elway: ‘No one from our end is on the trading block’ - NFL.com

The fire sale appeared imminent, but Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said Friday that his team still plans to turn things around after their 1-4 start.

Schofield: How the Houston Texans tailored their scheme to better protect franchise QB DeShaun Watson | Pro Football Weekly

Protecting Deshaun Watson was a tough task for the Houston Texans in 2018. Their young quarterback was sacked a league-high 62 times a season ago, and spent much of his season under seige in the pocket.

Week 6 NFL picks: Value on Saints and Lions as underdogs, plus more of Jason La Canfora’s best bets - CBSSports.com

Vegas doesn’t believe in the Lions as much as they should, while the Saints may be the best team in the NFC

How much will XFL 2020 players be paid? One report offers an estimate | Sporting News

Player agents reportedly were told by the league what their clients would be making in XFL 2.0 in 2020.