Interesting stuff to the outside observer.
It almost appeared that fans of the AFC North were treated to six different games yesterday, as each game seemed to devolve into two halves of resonance. Each fan was treated to equal parts elation and disappointment, mixing the highest of highs with the lowest of lows. Who among you Ravens fans didn’t spit epithets at your TV when Joe Flacco threw an ugly, ugly interception in the end zone? Which Steelers fan didn’t cringe while watching Andy Dalton scamper untouched into the end zone from 20 yards out?
And who was partying with reckless abandon later?
Enjoy today’s afternoon links.
Linebacker/defensive end Elvis Dumervil broke the Ravens’ single-season sack record.
My Take: Good for Dumervil, who more than atoned for his head-scratching three-penalty game the week before. And a last tip o’ the cap to former linebacker Peter Boulware, who proved to be a tough act to follow.
Despite the loss (and in spite of kicker Billy Cundiff’s costly miss), the Browns’ special teams delivered an excellent performance.
My Take: As the article states, special mention to punter Spencer Lanning, who almost single-handedly kept the Colts from having decent field position for the bulk of their drives.
Don’t make any assumptions about these Bengals, writes Paul Daugherty.
My Take: No kidding. While most fans are irate and deservedly so, this team remains a puzzling conglomeration of brilliance and ugliness, and it’s impossible to predict when each will appear.
The Steelers’ defense leaned on their veterans and a short memory to play opportunistic football in yesterday’s win.
My Take: Shoutout to linebacker Arthur Moats, whose momentum-changing fumble recovery inspired the team and shifted the fortunes of the game.