Good afternoon! Let’s take a look around the division:
Dean Pees is coyly tweaking the players he has available in the secondary.
My Take: With a dearth of healthy talent, especially at cornerback, expect changing fronts until Pees finds the most successful combination. Free safety, Anthony Levine may even get opportunities at CB, as “he’s no longer just a safety.”
Don’t expect linebacker, Vontaze Burfict to return against the Saints this weekend.
My Take: The Bengals struggled mightily against the run last weekend, and face a resurgent Mark Ingram (120 rush yards, 3 receptions for 19 yards). Winning in New Orleans will be even more difficult.
Browns safety, Tashaun Gipson hasn’t been ruled out this week, but will be under close evaluation after suffering a concussion against the Bengals.
My Take: Safety comes first, but losing Gipson would be a big loss for the Browns. Facing Andre Johnson and DeAndre “Pop-a-Squat” Hopkins, albeit with quarterback, Ryan Mallet at the helm, will be a problem without Gipson’s excellent play.
Will the Steelers right the ship and beat what looks to be another less talented team?
My Take: While the Steelers have a habit of playing down to the competition, they rarely let it happen in back-to-back games. Look for the Steelers to play fundamental football against the Tennessee Titans, and leave with a win.