Regular Officials to Make Debut at Browns-Ravens Game and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 27, 2012

The referee lockout is over, with the NFL and the NFLRA coming to an agreement on Wednesday night. The deal will be ratified over the weekend, but the regular officials will take the field for Thursday night's AFC North divisional contest between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

The crew will be led by Gene Steratore, and will still likely find itself under extra scrutiny with hopes high that the return of the regular referees will bring with it a higher quality of officiating.

Baltimore Ravens

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun gives us the biggest matchups to watch when the Baltimore Ravens host the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.

Bleacher Report's Shawn Brubaker gives us his stat predictions for key Ravens in tonight's game.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals haven't got the production they would have liked out of their secondary so far this season. As such, they brought back last season's starting strong safety, Chris Crocker. No announcement has yet been made as to who will be released to make room. Crocker's re-signing could likely put an end to the disappointing rotation at the position, where we've seen both Taylor Mays and Jeromy Miles start so far.

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report wonders who the Bengals' best player is right now.

Cleveland Browns

Here is this week's installment of "Browns Town," an illustrated look at the Cleveland Browns' schedule presented by Cleveland Plain Dealer illustrator Chris Morris and the paper's sports staff. It previews Thursday's matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.

Todd Edwards of Bleacher Report predicts the stat lines for specific Browns players against the Ravens on Thursday.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review discusses the Pittsburgh Steelers' run game, which is off to its worst start in 62 years.

Bleacher Report's Mike Batista give us five reasons why he believes the Steelers can turn their season around.