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Week Five AFC North Roundup

With the Steelers off today, it was time to take in what was going on in the other AFC North games, as the Browns, Bengals and Ravens all played at home, but only one came up a winner – the Ravens.

The Browns, the team the Steelers will play next week in Ben Roethlisberger’s return, played at home against the Atlanta Falcons, the team the Steelers beat in OT in game one. Cleveland led early, but eventually lost after losing starting QB Seneca Wallace to an ankle injury. Roddy White had a long TD pass from Matt Ryan, and then defensive linemen Kory Biermann had what has to be the play of the game, batting a Jake Delhomme pass into the air, making a diving pick, and then getting up and going 41 yards for the score in the 20-10 win.

The Browns are beat up, and come to Pittsburgh at 1-4. While we will have a ton of coverage on this game this week, right now its not hard to say that the Steelers will be heavy favorites, and the Browns will have question marks at the QB spot also running back with a thigh injury to Peyton Hillis.

The Ravens won at home over Kyle Orton and the Broncos 31-17 to get to 4-1 on the season. Ray Rice finally got Baltimore’s run game going, rushing for two scores and going for 133 yards. The Ravens play at New England next week.

And then there’s the Bungles, who after losing to the awful Browns last week, somehow found a way AT HOME no less to lose to the Buccaneers. Carson Palmer and the Bengals offense is nowhere near where it has to be for them to be a contender in this division. Palmer threw two picks in the final minutes to allow Tampa Bay to tie and then win the game with a field goal.

The Bengals are 2-3, and to me they could be the worst team in this division. While you can say it’s Cleveland, the Browns at least show some fight, while the Bengals in their three losses have each time made stupid mistakes that shows a severe lack of focus. Cincy will have the bye this next week.

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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