AFC North Week 11 Preview

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2)

The Steelers are hosting the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night in a battle of division leaders. Pittsburgh has been flying high ever since Ben Roethlisberger openly questioned how much he has left in the tank. Tennessee has beaten both Baltimore and Cincinnati in consecutive weeks and will look to continue their dominance over the AFC North. One thing to watch with the Steelers going forward is their secondary. Cornerback Joe Haden broke his leg last week leaving an already questionable secondary that much more vulnerable. Can Marcus Mariota exploit this weakness or will the Steelers high-powered offense be too much for Dick LeBeau and the Titan’s defense? – Matthew Gilpin


Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

Who are the Baltimore Ravens? Hopefully we get an answer to that question this weekend against the Green Bay Packers. Even though Baltimore is in the mix for a wildcard spot, Ravens fans have been none too pleased about this years performance. Joe Flacco is struggling and former first round pick wide receiver Breshad Perriman looks flat-out awful. Baltimore is coming off its bye week sitting at 4-5. They head into Lambeu Field to take on Brett Hundley and the Green Bay Packers (5-4) coming off Hundley’s first ever NFL win. A great road test coming off of their by for the Ravens to see if they are contenders or pretenders. If they Ravens are going to make a postseason push it almost feels like this weekend is a must win. – Chris Oyer


Cincinnati Bengals (3-6)

After another road loss the Bengals are now 1-5 on the road this year. A 24-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans has now left the Bengals with a 4% chance of making the playoffs according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. Cincinnati now sits at 3-6 which is 4 games behind Pittsburgh for the division. The Bengals are on pace for their second consecutive losing season after making 5 postseasons in a row. The road doesn’t get any easier for Cincy as they head into the Mile High city to take on the Denver Broncos. Both teams are sitting at 3-6 and are in serious need of a win for morale purposes if anything. The Bengals offense is last in the league while the Broncos defense has given up at least 28 points 3 weeks in a row. Mile High is always a tough place to play for any team but it looks especially daunting for  the Bengals because of their woes on the road this year. This seems like a must win game for both teams if they want to have any hope at all to sneak into the playoffs. A loss almost guarantees an early trip to the driving range. – Chris Oyer

Cleveland Browns (0-9)

Oh, Cleveland. What more is there to say? We all know Cleveland is very bad and likely headed for the 1st overall pick again and possibly even another coaching change. Cleveland has taken the Philadelphia 76ers approach and has asked their fanbase to trust the process but management and ownership refuses to provide any hope. Cleveland has good football players on roster and I truly believe that in the near future they will be competitive. This week they take on the 6-3 Jaguars and will look to somehow solve the stout Jags defense. A source of inspiration could come from Jaguars cornerback (and former Brown) Tashaun Gipson proclaiming that Cleveland will go 0-16 this season. Cleveland will need that motivation going into Sunday but I don’t know if it will be enough to carry them to a win. – Matthew Gilpin

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