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One Winning Drive: Division Derby: Week 1


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Not too many surprises in the AFC North in Week 1… but here’s the breakdown…

Baltimore Ravens: W (1-0) against Chiefs (0-1). The Ravens aired it out and totaled more than 500 yards of total offense - good for best in the AFC and second best in the NFL. But we didn’t really learn too much about this Ravens team. Beating up on what may be the league’s worst team, and giving up some big plays at crucial times, doesn’t bode well. In short, the Ravens are still a mystery. Don’t bet on 500 yards against the Steelers. This Week: at San Diego (1-0).

Pittsburgh Steelers: W (1-0) against Titans (0-1). Classic Steelers football on Thursday. The defense took a few drives to find its feet, but shut the Titans down later in the game and never let things get out of hand. Big Ben and the offense took a few shots, but made the plays when they had to. Many fans had to be wondering why the Steelers were even in the game in the third quarter - but that’s how good football teams play. This week: at Chicago (0-1).

Josh Cribbs against the Vikings

Cleveland Browns: L (0-1) against Vikings (1-0). The Browns introduced themselves as the division whipping boys this season with a blowout loss against Minnesota. The Vikings proved they are deserving of mentions as Super Bowl contenders, running and throwing all over the Browns. Brady Quinn and the offense showed some signs of life, but never made it count against a tough Vikings defense. This week: at Denver (1-0). (more…)



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Nice write up dc.

 

I didn't see the game but it looks like the Bengals have a defense finally and they could begin to gel this year. They face the Pack this week and a 0-2 start will help the Ravens divional chances.

 

The Browns keep hiring "Cheats" Now it's Eric 'Cheat' Mangini...

The NFL assessed $125,000 in fines to the New York Jets and former coach Eric Mangini on Wednesday for violating the league's rules on injury reporting with former quarterback Brett Favre last season. The Jets failed to place Favre, now with the Minnesota Vikings, on the injury report during the final month of last season even though he had a torn biceps tendon.

 

The league announced it had fined the Jets $75,000 and Mangini and Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum $25,000 apiece. Mangini now coaches the Cleveland Browns.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4478429

 

How about his 'secret that everybody knew' on the starting QB?

I don't see a winning atmosphere there this year....as usual.

 

As for Polomalu...he had 2 fouls in those 15 minutes (1 a cheap shot personal) that hurt the team...not exactly his finest moments. He lost his composure but that was a sensational one hand INT grab and a solid tackle in the back field.

 

Big game for the Ravens this week. On the road vs a playoff team. A win and 2-0 start would be huge.

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I didn't think either of Polamalu's PF's were exceptionally bad... in fact, I think both were borderline accidental... they were obvious flags, but not character shots.

 

On the hit out of bounds, at full speed you can hardly tell the runner was out of bounds. And Polamalu was in the air/off his feet before the guy went out of bounds... so there wasn't much to do.

 

On the facemask... well, sometimes you find the mask, sometimes you don't...

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