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AFC North News and Rumors
Chargers-Bengals doesn’t sell out, meaning blackout
The Chargers didn’t sell enough tickets for Sunday’s game with the Bengals to avoid a local television blackout, and it wasn’t particularly close. The Chargers announced that nearly 11,000 tickets remained for the game, far beyond what they needed tUpvote Share Tweet
It’s been a while since the Raiders have had one of their games blacked out on local television, but the streak will end this Sunday. The team couldn’t sell 85 percent of their non-premium tickets to the game against the Browns, which means that theirUpvote Share Tweet
Steelers-Ravens: Defensive streak on lineThere's no tougher defense in the NFL than the Steelers when it comes yards allowed. Pittsburgh leads the NFL in total defense, giving up 257.2 yards per game. There's only one other defense holding offenses under 300 yards per game, and that's the 49er…Upvote Share Tweet
Where they rank on offense, defenseThe Cincinnati Bengals' defense not only ruined Carson Palmer's homecoming, it took a major leap up in the NFL rankings. By holding the Raiders to 218 total yards Sunday, Cincinnati now has the ninth-ranked defense in the league, an eight-spot improveme…Upvote Share Tweet
Reason for Bengals' improved run gameIt took 10 games for the Cincinnati Bengals to get running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis over 100 yards. Now, he's gone over that mark in back-to-back weeks for the first time of his career. Green-Ellis produced a season-high 129 yards rushing last Sunday,…Upvote Share TweetSteelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said "there's always a chance" that he could play Sunday in Baltimore, but he doesn't sound like a quarterback who plans to do so. A determining factor for Roethlisberger is arm strength. In addition to …Upvote Share TweetSteelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was able to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday, keeping hope alive that he’ll be able to play against the Ravens in Baltimore this Sunday. Getting back to work didn’t leave Roethlisberger with any betterUpvote Share Tweet
The Jacksonville Jaguars Now Have Their Own Version Of The Terrible Towel, And It Is Called The Jag Ragdeadspin.com Updated Nov 29, 2012We've seen a lot of other teams doing their own spinoff on the Pittsburgh Steelers' infamous Terrible Towel (how many times can you reinvent a towel for fans to wave?), but the Jacksonville Jaguars' sendup, known as the Jag Rag, has the best name so far…Upvote Share Tweet
League not commenting on whether Arians violated tampering policyAs the name “Bruce Arians” begins to bubble up on the list of potential head-coaching candidates (the Steelers are still waiting for him to retire), the man who currently is serving as the interim head coach of the Colts arguably needs to brush up onUpvote Share TweetOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wasn't at practice during the media viewing portion Thursday, the first day he was eligible to do so. Lewis is on the injured reserve-designated to return list after tearing his triceps on Oct. …Upvote Share TweetSigning Jacoby Jones to return kickoffs and punts has worked out very well for the Ravens. Jones returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown to help the Ravens beat the Raiders in Week 10 and he returned a punt 63 yards for Baltimore’s only touchdown iUpvote Share Tweet
Another streak for the Browns to endThe Browns ended an 11-game losing streak (which matched a franchise record) on Oct. 14, when they beat the Bengals. That also ended a skid of 12 straight losses in the AFC North for Cleveland. Now, the Browns can put a stop to another formidable streak…Upvote Share Tweet
Joe Flacco knows Ray Rice saved his baconThe good news is he can laugh about it now. But Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco knows running back Ray Rice bailed him out by taking a check-down pass and converting an improbable fourth-and-29 in last week’s comeback win against the Chargers. “We got aUpvote Share Tweet
John Harbaugh closing in on Bill CowherThe Ravens can clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Steelers. It would be appropriate for coach John Harbaugh to do this against Pittsburgh. Harbaugh would become the first coach to reach the playoffs in each of his first five seasons as head c…Upvote Share Tweet
Maurkice Pouncey could move to guardIf you put any stock in fan voting for the Pro Bowl (be careful), Maurkice Pouncey is the best center in the AFC. But he might be starting at guard for the Steelers this weekend, because of all their injuries on the offensive line. “Whatever is best forUpvote Share Tweet
Browns more careful since McCoy incidentBrandon Weeden said he begged doctors in the locker room to let him return to the sidelines to watch the final minutes of the Browns' 20-14 win over the Steelers. "Of course, they wouldn't let me," Weeden said, via The Plain Dealer. "It w…Upvote Share Tweet
Wake-up: Steelers shuffling offensive lineIt should be a busy Thursday here on the blog, but it won't compare to Sunday evening. All four AFC North teams are playing at 4:25 p.m. I will be covering the Steelers-Ravens game, which will be seen by 70 percent of the country because of the late aft…Upvote Share TweetCincinnati Bengals center Kyle Cook returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since injuring his right ankle in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers back in August. Cook has been on injured reserve with a designation to return for the …Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Steelers Look To Avoid Sweep Without Big BenNov 29Episode 227: Wendi Nix and Tim Hasselbeck discuss who will step up if Roethlisberger remains sidelined. Redskins running back Alfred Morris breaks down what his team needs to do when they face the Giants. The NFL32 crew discuss the Eagle-Cowboys matc
Countdown Daily Prediction: Browns-RaidersNov 29The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Cleveland at Oakland
Countdown Daily Prediction: Bengals-ChargersNov 29The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Cincinnati at San Diego
Countdown Daily Prediction: Steelers-RavensNov 29The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Pittsburgh at Baltimore
AFC playoff races wrapping up early -- John Clayton's First & 10Nov 29The AFC playoff races are on the verge of wrapping up early, John Clayton writes.
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL PickNov 29There are two ways that a blackjack dealer can ruin your night. I don't mind the first way — if he's grimly dealing himself face cards and black...