AFC North Gameday Thread – Week 3

AFC North Gameday Thread – Week 3
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Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars

9:30 am EST, CBS



The Ravens and Jaguars will bring their games to Wembley Stadium in London for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual UK advertising tour.  Since these games are usually an exercise in jetlag, expect a slogging, low-scoring, run-heavy affair.  The Ravens will hope their patchwork offensive line can hold off the Jaguars’ pass rush, while the Jaguars will lean heavily on running backs Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory to break through Baltimore’s formidable defensive front.


Key players:

Ravens – DT Michael Pierce, RB Alex Collins, RB Javorius Allen

Jaguars – Fournette, Ivory, MLB Paul Posluszny



Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts

1:00 pm EST, CBS



The Browns, for the first time in recent memory, are favored against the hapless Colts, whose quarterback options have been reduced to “prospects” Jacoby Brissett and Scott Tolzien.  Expect heavy blitzing and controlled, patient offense from the Browns, who should look to limit the Colts’ meager offensive opportunities.


Key Players:

Browns – LB Christian Kirksey, DE Carl Nassib, RB Duke Johnson Jr.

Colts – Brissett, WR T.Y Hilton, CB Vontae Davis (game time decision)



Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago Bears

1:00 pm EST, CBS



The Steelers will try to get their sputtering running game untracked against the woeful Bears, whose early-season quarterback controversy has seemingly already derailed their season.  Steelers feature back Le’Veon Bell will look to find the end zone for the first time this season and double his output of 119 total rushing yards in his first two games.


Key Players:

Steelers – Bell, WR Antonio Brown, LB Anthony Chickillo

Bears – QB Mike Glennon, CB Prince Amukamara, RB Jordan Howard



Cincinnati Bengals @ Green Bay Packers

4:25 pm, CBS



The Bengals take their offensive troubles to Green Bay to face a possible tonic in the Green Bay’s suspect defense.  If the Bengals produce some semblance of timely defense against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, they stand an honest shot of winning this game.  Look for the Bengals to produce some high-percentage passing plays to ease the burden on embattled quarterback Andy Dalton.


Key Players:

Bengals – RB Joe Mixon, WR Cody Core, DE Carlos Dunlap

Packers – TE Martellus Bennett, WR Jordy Nelson, LB Nick Perry


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