AFC North Afternoon Roundup

AFC North Afternoon Roundup
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It’s Friday again!  It’s good that we get these every week.

While we count down to our Sunday AFC North football revelry, it’s important to remember to drink your alcohol judiciously, and with a semblance of control.  Don’t abuse alcohol – it’s never done anything to you, after all.

(hears groans and doors slamming)

Enjoy today’s afternoon links and scantily-clad cheerchick.

Baltimore Ravens

An improving secondary leaves the Ravens with a number of options.

My Take:  Versatility in the secondary is unusual, as most teams have very specific designations for their corners and safeties.  While it’s a good situation for now, this offseason will require the team to make some interesting roster decisions.

Cleveland Browns

The Plain Dealer’s Bud Shaw reiterates the idea, among others, that the Browns should reestablish the running game to foster success.

My Take:  Seems very obvious.  Now it’s a matter of making it happen, as the Browns will undoubtedly see teams stacking their defenses against the run for the remainder of the season.

Cincinnati Bengals

Wideout A.J. Green claims he still could play against the Ravens this Sunday.

My Take:  If Green is a remote possibility to play, it changes things dramatically for the Bengals.  Green has victimized the Ravens often, and his presence alone would force the Ravens to rearrange their coverage packages.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Here’s a breakdown of Sunday’s matchup of Colts’ wideout T.Y. Hilton v. Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen.

My Take:  Allen hasn’t had much success this year, so it’s tough to imagine him shadowing the speedy Hilton effectively.  Still, Hilton is occasionally prone to drops and often plays emotionally, leading to route errors that Allen could conceivably exploit.  Should be fun to watch.


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