AFC North Afternoon Roundup

AFC North Afternoon Roundup
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And the pendulum swings again.

In our ever-schizo beloved division, the fortunes have opted for disappointment this week, unless you’re a Bengals fan…sort of.  While we’ll save most of our recap rhetoric for the weekly recap piece (stay tuned), suffice it to say that no AFC North team distinguished themselves in any way this weekend, with the results producing more issued than they presumably solved.

Here’s today’s afternoon headlines and links.  Enjoy.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are contending with some issues at wide receiver.

My Take:  I wish I knew what they were, because apparently, no one does, including the receivers themselves.  If I were to pinpoint a problem with the Ravens, I’d start with the secondary, as the team still managed 33 points in their loss yesterday.

Cleveland Browns

The Browns remain split in their decision-making at running back.

My Take:  For now, this isn’t really an issue, as having two similar capable backs is clearly an advantage, if only for depth purposes.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals can thank their defense for yesterday’s win.

My Take:  It takes a lot of components to produce winning football, and none is bigger than the defense.  Kudos to defensive coordinator Paul Guenther for keeping his group focused and playing well.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Rookie wideout Martavis Bryant all but disappeared in yesterday’s loss to the Saints.

My Take:  The operative word is “rookie”.  Having demonstrated what he’s capable of, Bryant will produce regularly once he discovers consistency in his game, which may or may not be this season.


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