AFC North Gameday Thread – Week 8

AFC North Gameday Thread – Week 8
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Minnesota Vikings @ Cleveland Browns

9:30 am EST, NFLN



The Browns’ game of Musical Chairs continues as one-time starting quarterback/demotee/reclamation project DeShone Kizer returns to the starting role, this time against a volatile Vikings defense that’s better than their middling numbers would indicate, particularly with their pass rush.  One would expect, given the circumstances, that head coach Hue Jackson would employ maximum protection for his young prospect in these situations, but Jackson has become very difficult to predict, and few of his offensive decisions have outwardly made much sense.


Key players:

Vikings – DE Everson Griffen, WR Adam Thielen, LB Anthony Barr

Browns – Kizer, LB Jamie Collins, CB Jamar Taylor



Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals  

1:00 pm EST, CBS



The Bengals, undoubtedly smarting from last weeks’ loss to hated divisional foe Pittsburgh, get a chance to take out their frustrations on the hapless Colts, who sport little to be optimistic about.  Look for the Bengals to exploit every weakness in the Colts’ struggling secondary and run all three of their backs to keep the defense off balance.  Rookie wideout John Ross gets a second chance to prove his productivity.


Key Players:

Colts – QB Jacoby Brissett, WR Donte Moncrief, LB Jabaal Sheard

Bengals – Ross, RB Joe Mixon, S Shawn Williams



Pittsburgh Steelers @ Detroit Lions

8:30 pm EST, NBC



The Steelers seemingly found themselves last week against the Bengals, as they produced their best all around game of the season and looked a bit like the title contender they supposedly are.  The Lions have yet to show the same drive, despite being looked upon favorably at season’s outset.  Pittsburgh will do what they’re equipped to do – pass until the defense opens up, then let RB Le’Veon Bell do the rest of the damage.


Key Players:

Steelers – Bell, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, S Sean Davis

Lions – TE Eric Ebron, DT Haloti Ngata, MLB Jarrad Davis


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