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How the Rest of the North Rivals Fared in Week One

Week one of the NFL season hit on Sunday, and the Steelers had a shot to sit back and watch their opposition in the AFC North take to the field while they sat with a 1-0 record after the win over the Titans on Thursday.

Here’s how the division did:

Baltimore – The Ravens actually had some pretty big issues with Todd Haley and the Chiefs at home on Sunday, but as usual, the Birds stepped up and in the end, won 38-24. Ray Rice was the feature back, and went over 100 yards, and as promised, Joe Flacco did throw a lot more. Crazy to think though at home the Ravens would allow 24 points to a bad Chiefs team.

Cleveland – Brady Quinn started, as we all knew he would, and even though the team led 13-10 at the half, the club fell at home to Minnesota 34-20. Quinn and the Browns offense stunk as usual, and Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson both had successful debuts of the 09 season. Boy, this Browns team is pretty bad, more so on offense.

Cincinnati – Ha! That’s all I could say when Broncos WR Brandon Stokley pulled down a miracle pass with :31 left down 7-6. He went for the long TD, and just like that, the Bengals went from almost winner to usual loser. The supposed new-look Bengals offense was pretty bad, and the only saving grace was their last drive when they scored to make it 7-6. They did have a pretty solid day on defense despite the 12-7 setback.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



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  2. erietech

    September 14, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Going to be a long season for us Brownies…..again.

  3. mark

    September 14, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I watched the Chief-Raven game and was actually impressed with the Chiefs. I thought the Raven defense was going to really dominate and they didn’t. Could it be that the Chiefs are going to make some serious strides this year or are the Ravens lacking the usual dominance with the loss of Rex Ryan, Lenhard and Scott? Bengals looked awful. Period. The defense was playing well, but it was against a BAD Bronco offense. The Cincy offense looked so out of sync and made so many poor decisions in play calling that I was laughing to myself at first, then out loud at the end!This is a Bengal loss that could last for many games. As for the Browns, well, they played hard for a half and then fell apart. This Browns team really has a ways to go. I suspect they will play hard for Mangini and even harder against the Ravens and Steelers but I cant see them winning against either team this year. The Steelers need to take the approach of 1 game at a time already. It is very hard to gauge a team after 1 week, but if the Steelers are focused for the game at hand, they should find ways to be at least 5-1 in their own division. Imagine the Steelers output if they start running the ball well? Skies the limit in this division.

  4. DrGeorge

    September 15, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    After watching all of the other power teams — Ravens, Patriots, Cardinals, et al. — struggle in their own openers, I feel a little better about the Steelers-Titans game. The Titans are probably as good as any other team in football, and the Steelers did win the game, after all. Once someone explains to Arians the importance of the running game to the spread offense, the Steelers could become an even better team than last year, possibly a dominant team — one that can win consistently without last minute heroics and luck.

  5. mark

    September 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I thought that the Steelers would really run well out of the spread. I still say the problem is the o-line blocking philosophy. Even though its a passing league now, the Steelers should still be able to do better than 36 yards rushing and I don’t care who it is they are playing. You can only ask Ben to bail them out so many times.
    Lets see if there is any improvement against a Bear team that is missing its heart and soul.

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