AFC North Week in Review (Week 2)
Steelers - W 10-6 vs. Browns
This wasn't the prettiest win but the weather was tough and it was a road game against a division opponent. A win of week one's ilk wasn't expected.
Offensively the Steelers churned out a tough 281 total yards
despite the poor weather. The run game
managed a reasonable 3.8 yd/rush even with
The defensive unit was opportunistic picking off Derek
Anderson twice with one preventing a late first half FG. The run defense was tremendous holding the
Clowns to 53 rushing yards on 25 attempts.
On the other hand, while the pass defense was statistically sound, it
was soft at times and
Willie Parker has accumulated 1450 yds on 347 carriers for a 4.2 yd/carry average in his last 16 games. Those totals include the game in which he broke his leg where he had only 1 carry for -1 yard.
Bengals - L 24-7 vs. Titans
The Bengals looked spotty throughout the game. The defense generated a fair amount of
pressure on Collins early yet created only 1 sack. The 35 year old Collins was able to find some
rhythm as the game progressed and finished 14 of 21 for 128 yards with 1 TD (a
very efficient 98.9 passer rating). The
run defense was again ineffective allowing even Twinkie-eating Lendell White to
pound out some tough yards.
Offensively, Cincy tried to establish the run with Chris Perry early but couldn't really find a groove. With the wind blowing upwards of 30 mph, the Bungles had little chance to be effective through the air with Housh and Ocho Cinco. Most importantly, when the pressure was on in the second half, Palmer folded and threw two interceptions. If the defense isn't going to play consistently, and they won't, the offense needs to carry the team. Unfortunately for Cincy, the offense has been worse than the defense.
Telling the Tale:
For the second week in a row, Cincy started the second half with the game in reach but couldn't stop the big play. This week, with the score 17-7 to start the fourth quarter, they gave up a punt block for a TD to seal their fate. That totals 3 big play TD's in two weeks -- that's more points than their total point production for the year.
With a game next week against at the NY Giants, you can pencil in an 0-3 start to cement their position at the bottom of the division.
The highlight of the game was a close up of a Bungles fan
Due to Hurricane Ike, the game had to be rescheduled for November 9th.
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