AFC North News and Rumors
Dick LeBeau gives Cortez Allen a vote of confidence
profootballtalk.com Updated 7 hours ago
It was a tough first half of the regular season for Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen. While Allen did sign a contract extension before the start of the campaign, he’s had a rough go of it on the field. Though he’s still listed as the Steelers’ starter a…Upvote Share Tweet
CINCINNATI -- Amid concerns that Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard's string of injuries are a matter of him taking on a more significant workload than before, we turned to ESPN Stats & Information for help comparing his second year to …Upvote Share Tweet
Could Tampa Bay's Cover 2 scheme help Browns' run game?ESPN.com 11 hours agoBEREA, Ohio -- Most every Football 101 Manual has the chapter: How to beat the Cover 2. In its most simplistic definition, it's a defense that places two safeties deep in the middle of the field, with a middle linebacker buzzing in front of them and cor…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 12 hours agoOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have turned the ball over five times the past two weeks, but you probably shouldn't bring that up to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. "You know it's interesting," Kubiak said. "It seems like som…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 13 hours agoPITTSBURGH -- Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert and nose tackle Steve McLendon remain on track to play Sunday night against the visiting Baltimore Ravens. Each practiced again on Thursday as Gilbert makes his way from a concussion that kept him out o…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 13 hours agoOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens' injury list doesn't look as bad as it did one day earlier as four starters returned to practice on Thursday. Running back Justin Forsett (ankle), guard Marshal Yanda (knee), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shin)…Upvote Share Tweet
Good dawgs: Browns vie for collar charmsESPN.com 15 hours agoBrowns defensive coaches have provided their players with spiked black dog collars, and each exceptional effort play garners a dog bone charm to attach to the collar.Upvote Share Tweet
Can Joe Flacco silence Heinz Field again?ESPN.com 16 hours agoOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- While Joe Flacco typically struggles in Cincinnati -- like he did last Sunday -- the Baltimore Ravens quarterback has frequently enjoyed success in Pittsburgh. No quarterback has won more games than Flacco in the 13-year history of …Upvote Share Tweet
Dennis Pitta a few months away from knowing if he can play againprofootballtalk.com 17 hours agoTight end Dennis Pitta is out for the rest of the season after fracturing and dislocating his hip for the second time is any many seasons, but he joined the Ravens at a team Hallowwen function on Wednesday night. Pitta was appropriate costumed in a hosp…Upvote Share Tweet
Can Browns possibly keep both quarterbacks happy?ESPN.com 18 hours agoBEREA, Ohio -- Mike Pettine is known as an honest assessor, which is why we know he’s honestly curious what Johnny Manziel can do for him on Sundays. Seems innocent enough. But he’s not talking about the starter. That’s Brian Hoyer. He’s 4-3. He’s also …Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 18 hours agoThe Ravens were looking for a new inside linebacker to anchor their defense when they selected C.J. Mosley in the first round of this year’s draft and the early returns have been good. Mosley has started all eight games of his brief NFL career and has h…Upvote Share Tweet
Patience tested for Bengals' Dre KirkpatrickESPN.com 20 hours agoCINCINNATI -- As a former first-round pick, the wait to enter the Cincinnati Bengals' starting cornerback rotation has been long and, at times, frustrating for Dre Kirkpatrick. He certainly didn't believe when he was drafted that by the middle of his th…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens players thrive on being hated in PittsburghESPN.com 20 hours agoOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens know the routine when they play in Pittsburgh, from Steelers fans throwing stuff at the team bus to the awkward dinners the night before the game. "Folks [are] just looking at us like, ‘Man, I hope you just…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 20 hours agoWide receiver Nate Washington entered the NFL with the Steelers in 2005, where he became teammates with second-year quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Washington is now in Tennessee and playing with rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who made his first …Upvote Share Tweet
PFT’s Week Nine picksprofootballtalk.com 21 hours agoLast week was a good week. For me. Not for MDS. We disagreed on two games, and my faith in the Steelers and Saints finally paid off. So that five-game lead MDS enjoyed has shrinked/shrunk/shrunken/whatever to three. And we disagree on three games this w…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 21 hours agoSo begins the Jacksonville Jaguars' gauntlet. One week after a two-touchdown defeat to their in-state rival Miami Dolphins, the Jaguars on Sunday begin a treacherous three-game stretch of their schedule against a trio of teams with winning records -- an…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 21 hours agoThe Cleveland Browns play the third game in a trio of games that are, generously stated, against struggling teams. The Browns lost to winless Jacksonville and beat winless Oakland. Now the 1-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to Cleveland. The Bucs are like th…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 22 hours agoAfter a pair of WWE-style toe holds against the Panthers earlier this month, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict instantly became known as the dirtiest player in pro football. Ravens receiver Torrey Smith agrees with that sentiment, with a caveat. During…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 22 hours agoMany figured that Johnny Manziel would be on the field for the Browns by now. Apparently, that number included Manziel, who is getting a little antsy on the bench behind utterly sufficient Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer. Safety Donte Whitner said he cou…Upvote Share Tweet
Browns Players Vie For Collar CharmsOct 30ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler discusses the team's new incentive for those on defense: a spiked black dog collar for players, who can earn and add charms for exceptional-effort plays.
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