AFC North: Week 7

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Quotes of note from week #6 in the AFC North:


“Can the
Indianapolis defense stand in there and stop

’s running game? If it does not, it is going to be fast, and Peyton Manning is going to get fewer chances with the football. It will be rough for the
Indianapolis offense because the

defense is so good and has had success against them the past couple of years.” – Phil Simms, CBS Broadcaster
"The disappointment of the loss starts with us not getting anything going offensively," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "We’re not moving the ball effectively enough.”


"This springboards us into our second season," Cleveland WR Braylon Edwards said. "The first three losses are over. We have 11 games left to play like we did tonight."

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Lost 6

Week #6 Scores in the AFC North

Indianapolis           31        Baltimore               3         

New York Jets       26       Cincinnati             14        

Cleveland              35       New York Giants   14
Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco struggled, throwing an interception on the third play of the game, losing a fumble, botching a handoff, getting sacked four times and needing more than a quarter to produce a first down. Predictably, the Ravens lost their third in a row. Flacco was 28-for-38 with 241 yards, most coming after the game was already out of reach, and Baltimore’s trademark ground game was never a factor after falling into the deep, early hole. "We got what we deserved," first-year coach John Harbaugh said. "That’s what happens when we play the way we did." Baltimore amassed only 51 rushing yards on 19 attempts. Chris McAlister may have had his worst day ever as a professional as Marvin Harrison seemed to toy with him throughout the contest. McAlister inexplicably lined up 2 yards into the end zone leaving Harrison 8 yards of room to go wherever he pleased on his 2nd TD of the game.
Poor performances by the special teams continue to put Joe Flacco in extremely difficult circumstances. Questionable decision making and hesitation by Yamon Figurs and penalties by special teams performers Dan Wilcox and Corey Ivy have become the norm for a unit that sorely misses the solid performances that they once received from players such as Devard Darling, Justin Green, Gary Stills, BJ Sams and Musa Smith. “There is going to be adversity in a football season and we’ve had two tough losses in games we feel we should have won,” Harbaugh said. “You come in here with high hopes and high expectations and you get it handed to you. That to me is an opportunity to show what kind of man you are and what kind of a football team you are.” This kind of football team looks eerily similar to the 2007 squad that lost 9 games in a row.
Cincinnati Bengals
Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn’t get much going for the Bengals in place of an ailing Carson Palmer. He was 20-of-33 for 152 yards as Cincinnati dropped to 0-6 for the third time since 2000. "O-and-anything stings," linebacker Dhani Jones said. "We just want to get the bad taste out of our mouths. O-and-6 is not a position anybody wants to be in." The Bengals gained just 43 yards rushing on 21 carries, with Fitzpatrick’s 23 leading the way. "Everyone will say that with a backup in there, we need to run the ball better. We will," said Fitzpatrick, making his second start in three games with Palmer resting a sore right elbow. "It was a struggle out there today. We have to go back to the drawing board and figure it out."
Cincinnati took a 7-0 lead on the third play from scrimmage, when Antwan Odom sacked Favre and forced a fumble. Chinedum Ndukwe picked it up and ran 15 yards into the end zone to give the Bengals the lead 1:24 into the game. It didn’t last long as New York tied it with a 2-yard touchdown reception by Thomas Jones. After Jay Feely gave the Jets a 10-7 lead with a 38-yard field goal early in the second quarter, New York took advantage of a costly mistake by Fitzpatrick. The Bengals quarterback fumbled when he was sacked by Hank Poteat, and Calvin Pace recovered the ball. Two plays later, Jones ran it into the end zone from 7 yards. Fitzpatrick’s 1-yard run made it 17-14 with eight seconds left before halftime. Feely added a 43-yarder in the third quarter to put the Jets on top 20-14.

Cleveland Browns

With quarterback Derek Anderson outplaying Eli Manning, Braylon Edwards making big catches and Eric Wright returning an interception 94 yards for a touchdown, the Browns won on Monday night for the first time since 1993, ending New York’s 11-game road winning streak with a win over the defending Super Bowl champions. Anderson, whose job was in serious jeopardy and may have been down to one more loss, threw one of his two touchdown passes to Edwards, who announced his team’s return to the NFL’s prime-time weekday slot by performing a cartwheel and back flip during pre-game introductions and then making the Giants look foolish. In their first four games, the Browns had shown no signs of living up to high expectations following a 10-6 season. They had dropped their first two games at home and had only a triumph over winless Cincinnati so far in 2008.


Anderson finished 18-for-29 for 310 yards, Edwards caught five passes for a career-high 154 yards and Jamal Lewis scored on a 4-yard run for the Browns. Cleveland did not punt for the first time since 1995. TE Kellen Winslow missed the game after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. Back-ups Steve Heiden and Darnell Dinkins chipped in for Winslow picking up a combined 81 yards on 6 catches. Lewis (9,428 yards) had 88 yards and passed Hall of Famer Earl Campbell for 25th on the career rushing list. The Browns improved to 13-13 on Monday night.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers had their bye in week #6.
Week #7 Match-ups and Predictions
Baltimore at Miami
LB Joey Porter already has more sacks (6.5) than he had in 2007 (5.5). RB Ronnie Brown’s 7 TD leads the NFL.
Baltimore has lost 7 straight on the road. Their last trip to Miami resulted in Miami’s only victory in 2007. QB Joe Flacco has 1 TD and 7 INT.
ITH PREDICTION –    Miami   16     Baltimore   10     ( Baltimore’s TD will come from their defense)

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

RB Willie Parker has rushed 151 times for 682 yards and 6 TD all-time versus Cincinnati. Pittsburgh has won seven straight at Cincinnati (including playoffs). QB Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 18 times in 5 games. Pittsburgh’s longest kick return this year is 27 yards.
RB Chris Perry and Cedric Benson combined for 15 carries for 20 yards and no TD last week against the Jets. No Cincinnati WR has had a reception of longer than 26 yards this season.

ITH PREDICTION –  Pittsburgh   30     Cincinnati   20
Cleveland at Washington

RB Clinton Portis has not fumbled in 136 carries this season. Portis has rushed 71 times for 395 yards and 3 TD in his last 3 games. QB Jason Campbell has not thrown an INT in 179 attempts this season. S LaRon Landry has as many passes defended (6) in 6 games as he had all of last season.
Cleveland is 3-6 in its first game after a primetime game since 1999. They have 1 road win vs. an NFC opponent in each of HC Romeo Crennel’s 3 seasons as head coach.

ITH PREDICTION –   Washington   21     Cleveland   16


Last Week Record:    2 – 1

Season to Date:     11 – 5
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   More from Eric Buckner


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