Bengals Safety Taylor Mays Does Not Play and More AFC North News

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 17, 2012

Though the reasoning for the benching has yet to be revealed by Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, strong safety Taylor Mays did not play a single snap in his team's win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Mays has had a succession of stupid plays and penalties as well as fines since the start of the preseason, which could explain his benching. Jeromy Miles started in Mays' place.


Baltimore Ravens

The staff of the Baltimore Sun sat down to discuss what caused the Baltimore Ravens to fall to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and come away with one point of agreement: The play-calling is what did them in.

Bleacher Report's James Reagan gives us his winners and losers from the Ravens' Week 2 loss to the Eagles.


Cincinnati Bengals

Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer takes a closer look at  Bengals receiver Andrew Hawkins and why he's had success in the first two weeks of the season.

Matt Gray of Bleacher Report breaks down everything we learned from the Bengals' 34-27 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 2.


Cleveland Browns

Yes, the Cleveland Browns fell to the Bengals on Sunday, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Bud Shaw saw something bright in that loss: Those who were calling for rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden's head last week must feel far more confident in their starter after Sunday's performance.

Bleacher Report's Nick Kostora gives Browns fans five reasons to be optimistic after Week 2.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives us his observations following the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-10 win over the New York Jets on Sunday, including that the running game still isn't firing on all cylinders yet.

Nick DeWitt of Bleacher Report breaks down the Steelers' biggest winners and losers in their defeat of the Jets.