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Morning Bites (10/26): Bengals news and links

Taking a look at the stories around the internet concerning the Bengals and Jets this weekend.

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Week ahead will be challenge for Bengals
Every team has to encounter it, but it doesn't make it any better – following up a Sunday game with a Thursday-nighter. For the Bengals, it is a double challenge this time. They have a 4 p.m. Sunday game and then have to go on the road four days later.

John Thornton a mentor to Jets QB Geno Smith
John Thornton, who retired after the 2008 season, has served as an advisor to Jets quarterback Geno Smith, alongside former Bengal Charles Fisher.

Burfict leads Bengals' defense statistically, emotionally
Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer loves Vontaze Burfict's characteristics as a linebacker – emotional and edgy, intelligent and intense.

Notes: Solly recalls 4-0; Lewis questionable on sked, but players probable
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is shaking his head at the NFL schedule-makers as he looks at Thursday night's game in Miami.

Injury to Hall opens door for Kirkpatrick
Marvin Lewis balled up his right hand into a fist and gently knocked it against his noggin last Friday. He was reacting to the point that the Bengals had just three players listed on the weekly injury report, and all were probable to play against the Detroit Lions.

Geno Smith's early strides impress Bengals
Want to know how good New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has been this season? Just consider the following statistic...

The Walkthrough: Impress Your Friends
We love our friends over at Pro Football Focus, even if not everyone inside Paul Brown Stadium would agree with them. As Kevin Zeitler said when a discussion broke out about his rating on PFF, "they’re interesting people."

W2W4: New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals
The New York Jets have been riding the mediocrity train for almost two years, having won back-to-back games only once in a 26-game span. Their record following a victory is 1-9, with an eye-opening average margin of defeat -- 17 points. Can't handle prosperity? That's an understatement. They're allergic to it.

Jets O-line's tough task vs Bengals: Protect Geno
"These guys play hard, they play physical," Colon said Friday. "It's one of those teams that you've got to bring your hard hat for. You've got to play them all four quarters tough.

Bengals vs. Jets - Streaks, stats and notes
In their last trip to Cincinnati, the Jets won 24-14 in the opening round of the 2009 playoffs...

Dalton, Nugent big reasons for Bengals' success
Cincinnati has won 3 straight to build a 2-game division lead heading into the midway point of the season

New York Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Numbers Watch - ESPN
Among the most compelling numbers from the all-time Cincinnati Bengals-New York Jets series is one; as in the number of times Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has beaten the Jets in his 11 years as a head coach.

Jets-Bengals Preview
Go inside the Jets-Bengals matchup with a look at some key facts and figures for Sunday's game, including broadcast information, injury news, game notes, coaching history, weather information, a look inside the numbers, and a summary of the Game Day Entertaiment.

NFL Week 8 Preview: Examining Cincinnati Bengals- New York Jets, more games
Chris Burke and Doug Farrar get you ready for the weekend with The Playbook, a detailed weekly preview that gives you everything you need to know about the upcoming slate of games. Main Events NY Jets (4-3) at Cincinnati (5-2) -- 4:05 p.m.

Bill Simmons on the Week 8 picks - Grantland
The Sports Guy sets his sights on redeeming himself while delivering some reader emails and the Week 8 picks.

Week 8 Cheat Sheet: Niners look to pound the rock with Frank Gore
The Jets have historically been very good against the Bengals, but the Jets haven’t won back to back weeks in 26 games. "I think coming off wins, we’re excited and we’re happy," Willie Colon said this week. "But I think we just have to have a little more focus in practice and have a better understanding that it’s just a win and good teams stack wins. It’s important for us to really put this (Patriots) win in the rear view." The Bengals and the Saints are New York’s next two opponents. Get wins in both of these and watch out New England. I just don’t see this one happening. The Pick: Bengals 23, Jets 17

2013 NFL Week 8 Picks: Jaguars in better shape than Buccaneers
JETS (+6½) at Bengals: The Geno Smith Roller Coaster Theory is fascinating. Thus far this season, New York has basically been a yo-yo as the Jets have gone win-loss-win-loss-win-loss ... win. So they're due for a loss, right? Well, maybe. Smith's play has been erratic the past two games, with him completing less than 60 percent of his passes. I'm not saying he has to bounce back to being really good just because he had strong games the previous two before that, but, OK, maybe I am saying that. New York won't be able to run as well but with Leon Hall down they'll get some shot plays off to guys like Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill.