Jim Brown Praises Trent Richardson and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 18, 2012

Things have been contentious between the Cleveland Browns and their legendary former running back Jim Brown. One of the more recent examples of this was when Brown described first-round draft pick Trent Richardson as "ordinary," according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Well, according to Bill Livingston of the same newspaper, Brown is coming around to the rookie, calling Richardson's touchdown catch-and-run on Sunday "impressive" and saying that Richardson displayed the ability that made the Browns want to draft him in the first place. Baby steps.


Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is not yet sure if safety Bernard Pollard will play on Sunday night against the New England Patriots, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Pollard suffered a rib contusion against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mike Fast of Bleacher Report takes a closer look at the Ravens' loss to Philadelphia and breaks down the performances of their offense and defense.


Cincinnati Bengals

In the first two games of the regular season, the Cincinnati Bengals defense has given up a total of 869 yards. Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports that, naturally, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is not pleased by this and promises more changes are imminent on the defense. Last week, he swapped out Jeromy Miles for Taylor Mays at strong safety.

"Casual" Bengals fan and Bleacher Report correspondent Dustin Murrell gives us his thoughts on Andy Dalton and the rest of the team through the first two weeks of the season.


Cleveland Browns

Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer discusses the impressive two weeks we've seen out of the Cleveland Browns defensive line.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Munshaw provides five positive takeaways for Browns fans, though the team lost to the Bengals in Week 2.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, who missed all of training camp and preseason in a contract holdout, hasn't shown many signs of rust through two games.

Bleacher Report's Ethan Demers thinks that Steelers fans need to stop hoping for the next incarnation of running back Jerome Bettis and instead finally embrace Rashard Mendenhall.