Bengals Bytes (9/28): Magic of the Mullet The Two Big Guys in Ross' CornerJohn Ross is taking the heat Trey Hopkins Jersey , but go to the top and see where the franchises two all-time receiving leaders are in his corner. Chad Johnson says there's no reason Ross can't be the Bengals' version of Tyreek Hill.Andy Dalton wants NFLs new roughing the passer rules called fairlyThe Bengals QB once again has something to say about officiating, but he is speaking in fairness to his counterparts on the defensive side of the ball.'Mullet power' has led Tyler Eifert to his best start since 2015 - Cincinnati Bengals Blog- ESPNTyler Eifert isn't saying he grew his hair out to distract reporters from asking about his injuries, but his mullet and his play are coming along.Joe Mixon running and cutting, says knee feels great ProFootballTalkBengals running back Joe Mixon had his knee cleaned out surgically after the team's Week Two win over the Ravens and there was some hope that he'd be able to return to action in Week Four against the Falcons. Mixon did not take part in practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but he has made progress.NFL Week 4 picks: Saints beat Giants in shootout, Jags stifle Jets; Bengals a lock as underdogs rule again | NewsdayThis season, underdogs are 26-19-1 against the spread on the season with a whopping 17 of them winning outright. The Bengals are currently five point underdogs to the Falcons heading into the weekend, and are a good bet to cover that spread.Bengals' Kirkpatrick & Falcons' Jones resume Alabama rivalryEven though Kirkpatrick status for Sundays game is in jeopardy from a groin injury, he has much to play for against Atlanta. The Falcons best player on offense is someone who Kirkpatrick is quite familiar with, and Sunday maybe the first time the two play one another. Random BytesEverson Griffen 'focused on resolving personal issues' - NFL.comMinnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen released a statement on Instagram on Thursday as he continues to deal with a serious mental-health related issue.Panthers sign ex-49ers safety Eric Reid to 1-year deal - NFL.comThe Carolina Panthers announced Thursday they have signed free-agent safety Eric Reid. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the two sides agreed on a one-year deal. The former 49er last played in the NFL in 2017, and was courted by the Bengals this past offseason.Todd Haley on taking 'Philly Special': 'I have no shame' - NFL.comBrowns offensive coordinator Todd Haley admitted Thursday to reporters that he absolutely used the two-point conversion attempt trick play in Week 3 from the Eagles Philly Special in Super Bowl LII.NFL Not Changing Roughing the Passer Rule Amid Widespread Criticism, Controversy | Bleacher Report | Latest News Cordy Glenn Jersey , Videos and HighlightsOne of the biggest storylines of the 2018NFLseason has been the excessive penalty flags for roughing the passer under the points of emphasis to improve safety. Unfortunately, the league has no interest in adjusting the current rules...Will the NFL Ever Stop Manufacturing Passing Efficiency? - Optimum ScoutingThree weeks and 48 games into the 2018 regular season, we are witnessing the greatest increase in passing efficiency in the post-merger NFL. The NFLs business model is clear: They want high-flying, frequent scoring games. The question now is if it sustainable.Rishard Matthews of Tennessee Titans asks for releaseRishard Matthews cited a decrease in playing time as a reason for him asking to be released by the Tennessee Titans. CINCINNATI (AP) A.J. Green has a collection of stories about quarterback Jeff Driskels athletic exploits, such as the way he can dribble between his legs and dunk.Or outrun teammates. Or play multiple positions in practice.Green suggested that Driskel might be the best all-around athlete on the Bengals.Nice, Driskel said in response. But I dont know about that.Everybody will find out about Driskel on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium when he makes his first career start against the Denver Broncos (5-6), a matchup of teams headed in opposite directions as the final month of the season approaches.The third-year veteran is filling in the rest of the way after Andy Dalton injured the thumb on his passing hand.The reeling Bengals (5-6) have lost five of six because of significant injuries and breakdowns on offense, defense and special teams. They got steamrolled at home by the lowly Browns last Sunday, with Dalton hurting his thumb while trying to recover a fumble.Its up to the backup quarterback to keep the Bengals slim hopes alive.Jeff is the most athletic guy on our team, said Green, who expects to play Sunday after missing three games with a toe injury. Hes a guy who can play any position, has a strong arm Dre Kirkpatrick Jersey , very smart. My job is to go out there and make his job easy.Although the teams have identical records, theyre on totally different trajectories .The Broncos are coming off a 23-22 win over the Chargers in Los Angeles and a 24-17 home victory over the AFC North-leading Steelers . They seemed all but eliminated after a 3-6 start, but have been given a second and final chance to salvage their season.A win on Sunday is mandatory for a team thats starting to feel it can still accomplish big things.You kind of want guys to walk with their chest out, right? Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. But at the same time, youve got to have perspective. Theres a difference between confidence and arrogance.Some things to watch on Sunday:CAREFUL KEENUMCase Keenum was picked off 11 times in the first eight games but hasnt thrown an interception in the past three, a thread in the Broncos revival. Keenum is getting more comfortable, and its rubbing off on the rest of the offense. He faces the NFLs worst defense on Sunday. Baker Mayfield threw for four touchdowns without an interception in Clevelands 35-20 win last week at Paul Brown Stadium. Keenums goal is to keep up the trend.Im throwing it to our guys, not throwing it to the other team, Keenum said. Who knew?KEEP RAMBLINGBroncos running back Phillip Lindsay ranks second among NFL rookies with 780 yards rushing. Clinton Portis set the club record for yards rushing by a rookie with 1,508 in 2002. Lindsay has 967 yards from scrimmage, leaving him on the verge of becoming the eighth Broncos rookie with 1,000 in a season and the first since Knowshon Moreno had 1 http://www.thebengalslockerroom.com/authentic-c.j.-uzomah-jersey ,160 in 2009.DRISKELS DEBUTAfter Dalton left the game last Sunday with his thumb injury, Driskel threw his first NFL touchdown pass and ran for another score. He had problems getting the offense on the same page five false-start penalties in the fourth quarter alone.Some rust was expected with a quarterback who hadnt worked with the starting offense all season. The biggest challenge will be staying calm enough to keep everything under control. Driskels had a week to think about his first NFL start, so the Bengals expect some nerves early.If it was me, Id be more nervous if I knew all week, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said. Id have more butterflies.GREENS RETURNThe Bengals offense struggled during the three games Green missed. His return even if hes not 100 percent would impact the game significantly. The Bengals are a far more dangerous offense when Green is lining up.Absolutely they are, Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. Hes no different than Antonio Brown. You have to take him out of the game, and if not he can beat you.STRONG SCHEDULESOnly one team the Broncos have faced a tougher schedule so far than the Bengals, based on opponents winning percentage. The Broncos opponents are 69-50-1 for a .579 winning percentage. The Bengals opponents are 67-52-2 for a .562 winning percentage.The Broncos just became the first team since the winless 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers to face three consecutive opponents riding at least a five-game winning streak.After Houston escaped Denver with its sixth straight win after Brandon McManus 51-yard field goal sailed wide right, the Broncos bounced back to end six-game winning streaks by the Chargers and Steelers.