Oh, how quickly things change.
This is becoming a common refrain in this space and in the AFC North, which currently sports four teams with .500 or better records. No team is separating themselves from the rest of the pack and the season is half-over. Just when it seems that one team is about to collapse, another comes along to claim that ignominy.
It’s a good thing we aren’t prone to mood swings.
Enjoy today’s AFC North links.
Quarterback Joe Flacco is accepting of his role in yesterday’s loss.
My Take: It’s about time. Rarely has Flacco openly acknowledged his mistakes, generally choosing to instead use the collective “we” when describing his own shortcomings, which he only did once in his postgame comments this week. Oddly enough, I consider this progress.
Cornerback Joe Haden rediscovered his game yesterday.
My Take: It was a matter of time. Haden is generally considered to be among the top five cornerbacks in the NFL today, so it’s surprising that his “slump” lasted this long.
Paul Daugherty discusses the schizophrenic nature of the NFL this season, and of the Bengals in particular.
My Take: It’s a good thing I’m not a betting man, because I’d have lost most of my outerwear by now. Just a weird, unpredictable business, this NFL.
After yesterday’s record-breaking performance, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s teammates have lots of praise for him.
My Take: Well-earned. Considering that Roethlisberger’s superlative play was due in no small part to excellent protection, it’s hoped that he has some accolades for his offensive line as well.