AFC North Week 10 Preview

 

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – The division leading Steelers are coming off their bye week after a big win against the Detroit Lions the previous Sunday. The Steelers currently hold a 2.5 game lead over the Baltimore Ravens and are 3-0 in the division. On top of that they are currently the number one seed in the AFC all together tied with the New England Patriots. Five out of the Steelers remaining 8 games are against teams under .500 starting with a trip to Indianapolis this Sunday to face the 3-6 Colts. The Steelers defense has been dominant the past 3 weeks allowing an average of 14 points per game. JuJu Smith-Schuster has emerged as a big weapon in this offense. If Smith-Schuster remains a threat in this offense defenses will have a very difficult time stopping him, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell.  – Chris Oyer

 

Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

Baltimore is entering their bye and it comes at a much needed point. The Ravens offense currently ranks 30th in the league in total offense due to Joe Flacco’s struggles and the fact that he has little talent on the outside. The reason Baltimore is staying afloat is because of their stout defense which currently ranks 7th in the league in total defense and also forcing 18 turnovers to date. Baltimore is only 2 games back of the Buffalo Bills for the last wildcard spot so there is still hope in Charm City. Their next game comes the following Sunday against the Aaron Rodger-less Green Bay Packers in Lambeau. – Matthew Gilpin

 

Cincinnati Bengals (3-5)

Cincinnati travels to Nashville this weekend after being dismantled by the Jacksonville Jaguars to take on the 5-3 Tennessee Titans. Remember how we talked about Baltimore’s offensive struggles? Do you want to guess whose offense is worse than Baltimore? That’s right, it’s the Miami Dolphins. But Cincinnati is even worse than them. The Andy Dalton led offense currently ranks dead last in the NFL in total offense and it seems like A.J. Green is the only Bengal with any fight left. Tennessee is a scrappy football team who while not having great stats, they are still racking up the wins. Cincinnati has too much talent on both sides of the ball to be struggling this much and if the losses keep piling up, I’d expect Marvin Lewis to be out of a job. – Matthew Gilpin

 

Cleveland Browns (0-8)  

The Cleveland Browns are also coming off of their bye week but unlike the Steelers, they are winless. The first half of the season included quarterback hot potato in which Deshone Kizer was pulled from games and even sat the bench while quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan got opportunities. Kizer has reclaimed his starting role for now but things could change again in Cleveland. One of the few bright spots for the Browns over the past 10 years has been Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas but he tore his tricep and missed his first career NFL game. Safe to say coach Hue Jackson is coaching for his job in the second half of the season which begins in Detroit against the 4-4 Lions. Look for the defense to pressure Stafford and make him uncomfortable in the pocket. At 0-8 we may even see some trick plays from Hue Jackson coming off of the bye week.  – Chris Oyer   

 

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