Rashard Mendenhall to Return for Steelers and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVOctober 1, 2012

It's looking like Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall will finally make his regular-season debut in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mendenhall, who tore his ACL in Week 17 of the 2011-2012 season, has had many prognoses about when he could play again, but with the Steelers coming off of a bye week and Mendenhall participating fully in practice for some time, it seems like the perfect opportunity for him to come back

Clearly, the Steelers have issues with their run game that go beyond Mendenhall not being on the field. However, Mendenhall's style of running will help mitigate the offensive line problems that have been the biggest culprit as to why Pittsburgh basically has not been able to run the ball this season.


Baltimore Ravens

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun wonders if the Ravens will use the no-huddle offense against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, considering how loud their stadium can get.

John Rozum of Bleacher Report breaks down how Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco got the better of the Browns' secondary in Thursday's win.


Cincinnati Bengals

Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer says that finally, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has the full respect of his team and cites Lewis' willingness to take a chance on linebacker Vontaze Burfict as one example of the head coach's leadership.

Bleacher Report's Matt Gray breaks down the Bengals' biggest winners and losers after Sunday's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Cleveland Browns

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer echoes the sentiments of many others when it comes to the Cleveland Browns: If only they had good wide receivers, this team would be far better.

Todd Edwards of Bleacher Report hands out first-quarter grades to the Cleveland Browns' positional groups.


Pittsburgh Steelers

When the Steelers had Bruce Arians as their offensive coordinator, they weren't at a lack for big plays. However, with Todd Haley at the helm, the Steelers are still trying to make their way back to being a big-play offense, writes Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bleacher Report's Chris G. takes a look at how the Steelers can turn around their defense after their slow start this season.