THE AFC NORTH: Week 10

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Quotes of the week:
"I wouldn’t even know how to begin to characterize this," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "I’m just glad it’s a short week and we don’t have time to dwell on this."
 
"I haven’t seen anyone play a game like that since high school — not in college or the NFL," Steelers linebacker Larry Foote said. "But we knew we were going to dominate. You could just tell in practice."
 
“It’s about how bad do you want it," said Browns TE Kellen Winslow, who ignored shoulder and knee pain to catch 11 passes for 125 yards. "I’m just so proud of us because we fought as a team. We deserve this."
 
"We’re just not a very good football team," Bengals QB Carson Palmer said. "I don’t have words for the way we feel in this locker room about this game, about this season. And it’s frustrating."
 
AFC North
Team

 
W

 
L

 
T

 
PCT

 
PF

 
PA

 
Home

 
Road

 
AFC

 
NFC

 
DIV

 
Streak

 
Pittsburgh

 
6
2
0
.750
222
98
4-0
2-2
4-1
2-1
3-0
Won 2
Cleveland

 
5
3
0
.625
227
233
4-1
1-2
3-3
2-0
2-1
Won 3
Baltimore

 
4
4
0
.500
131
157
3-0
1-4
1-4
3-0
0-3
Lost 2
Cincinnati

 
2
6
0
.250
198
244
2-2
0-4
2-5
0-1
1-2
Lost 2
  
Week # 9 – AFC North Scores
 
Cleveland   33        Seattle   30
 
Pittsburgh   38       Baltimore   7
 
Buffalo   33              Cincinnati   21
 
Baltimore Ravens
 
The Ravens were essentially beaten by the midway point of the 2nd quarter. The team was only able to attain 5 first downs in the entire game and they were penalized 11 times for 85 yards. QB Steve McNair completed 13 of 22 passes for 63 yards, an NFL record for the least amount of yards on 13 completed throws. Baltimore turned the ball over 4 times, frequently setting the Steelers up on a short field. RB Willis McGahee squeezed out 50 yards on 12 carries including a 33 yard TD run. The offensive line was at full strength for the 1st time since the season opener with the return of T Jonathon Ogden and Adam Terry, yet the line performed poorly, particularly in pass protection. CB Derrick Martin and Corey Ivey were outclassed and were beaten regularly by the Steelers’ receivers. 
 
Cincinnati Bengals
 
The Bengals lost for the 6th time in their last 7 games. Chad Johnson was carted off the field on a stretcher with 2 minutes left and then transported to a Buffalo-area hospital as a precaution after complaining of neck pain. The Bengals continue to be undone by a porous and injury-depleted defense, which entered the game allowing an average of 385 yards offense and 30 points. The Bengals squandered 2 leads and failed to take advantage of Glenn Holt’s 100-yard kickoff return that put them up 14-10 late in the 2nd qtr. Cincinnati’s offense sputtered down the stretch, managing 22 yards and 1 first down on its first 3 possessions of the 4th qtr. The Bengals were stymied by the Bills’ no-name defense that limited the Bengals to 28 yards rushing. That included Rudi Johnson managing 11 yards on 9 carries.
 
Cleveland Browns
 
Phil Dawson’s 25-yard FG in OT sent Cleveland to a comeback win Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks, giving the surprising Browns their first 3-game winning streak in 6 years. Jamal Lewis rushed for a career-high 4 TD, the last with 2:17 remaining in regulation, for the Browns, who trailed 21-6 in the 1st half and were down 27-22 in the 4th quarter. But QB Derek Anderson brought them back, and Cleveland’s pitiful defense, which came in as the NFL’s worst-ranked unit, made a stop — helped by an official’s review — on a crucial play in OT to lift the Browns, who until Sunday had beaten teams with a combined 6-24 record. Anderson went 29-of-48 for 364 yards. "We became a team today," Dawson said. "The offense moved the ball. The defense stopped them and we were feeding off one and other. It’s been a long time since I’ve kicked one that mattered like that."
 
Pittsburgh Steelers
 
Ben Roethlisberger tied the Steelers’ single-game record with 5 TD passes in the 1st half and Pittsburgh put on a Steel Curtain-like defensive show forcing 4 turnovers before halftime in their victory over Baltimore on Monday night. The Steelers forced three fumbles in the first quarter, with James Harrison hitting All-Pro safety Ed Reed so hard on a punt return the ball flew nearly 15 feet before Pittsburgh recovered. Roethlisberger was near perfect, going 13-of-16 for 209 yards with no INT. LB James Harrison had 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery an INT and 2 1/2 sacks before halftime. Pittsburgh has a 119-26 scoring edge in winning its 4 home games. Steelers RB Willie Parker, held to 51 yards in 2 games by Baltimore last season, had 42 yards on 23 carries. The Steelers have won their last 12 Monday night homes games dating to a 1991 loss to the Giants.
 
Week # 10 Predictions
 
Baltimore Ravens (4-4) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (2-6)
 
Cincinnati has allowed at least 314 yards in every game this season. T.J. Houshmandzadeh has caught a TD in every game this season and has caught a TD in 12-of-14 games dating back to last season. Baltimore has won 14 of its last 15 regular-season home games. Rudi Johnson and Kenny Watson combined for 23 yards on 11 carries in Week 9. Chad Johnson has played in 95 consecutive regular-season games. Baltimore is 4-0 when RB Willis McGahee gets 20 carries or more. Derrick Mason has had at least 7 catches in all but 1 game this season.
 
Baltimore   20     Cincinnati   10
 
Cleveland Browns (5-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
 
Pittsburgh has won 7 straight vs. Cleveland. Pittsburgh notched 6 sacks vs. Cleveland in Week 1. 6 different defenders made 1 sack apiece. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 5 TD and no INT in his last 2 starts vs. Cleveland. QB Derek Anderson has been sacked 8 times in 257 passing attempts. Anderson completed 13-of-28 passes for 184 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT vs. Pittsburgh in Week 1. Kellen Winslow is averaging 15.6 yards a catch; he averaged 9.3 in 2006. Jamal Lewis rushed for 37 yards on 20 carries (long of 5) in Week 9, but he scored 4 TDs.
 
Pittsburgh   24     Cleveland    17
 
Record
 
Week # 9:      2 – 1         
 
Season:       18 – 8
 
Photo by Sabina Moran
 

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Eric Buckner is a native of Baltimore and has lived in the area his entire life. A graduate of Towson University , Eric has been a student of professional football since the day he wept in his grandfather's bedroom after the Baltimore Colts were upset by the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. A loyal fan of the Colts and subsequently the Ravens, Eric's passion for the NFL is unwavering as evidenced by his near flawless attendance record at Ravens' games. He's missed only one preseason game -- back in 2005. We'll cut him some slack since he was on his honeymoon. You won't find Eric slacking when it comes to covering the AFC North for ProFootball24x7.com.   More from Eric Buckner

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