Ravens Pass Game Balanced and Effective, and More AFC North News

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVOctober 4, 2012

There's a secret to the Baltimore Ravens passing game, says Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times: balance.

The Ravens have had a lot of success throwing deep down the field to receivers like Torrey Smith and even Jacoby Jones, but at the same time, quarterback Joe Flacco can take advantage of when those outlets are sealed off and hit shorter completions to tight end Dennis Pitta and receiver Anquan Boldin.

Finally, it seems Baltimore has figured out how to move the ball effectively via the pass, which is clearly one reason why they have been putting up the second-most yards per game on average this season.

Baltimore Ravens

Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun says that the biggest challenge the Baltimore Ravens face when taking on the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday is stopping running back Jamaal Charles.

At the same time, Zach Evans of Bleacher Report says that concerns still remain about the Ravens defense's ability to stop opponents from passing the ball at will.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals secondary is finally getting healthy. Kevin Kelly of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick, Leon Hall and Nate Clements returned to practice on Wednesday, albeit in a limited capacity.

Also in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Joe Reedy reports on Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis' recent spate of fumbles. After 589 touches without turning the ball over, Green-Ellis has had three fumbles in the last two weeks.

Cleveland Browns

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland Browns return man and wide receiver Josh Cribbs is ready to play this week after suffering a concussion in last Thursday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bill Smith of Bleacher Report wonders whether or not Jimmy Haslam, who is set to take ownership of the Browns later this month, will retain the services of team president Mike Holmgren beyond this season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Ravens aren't the only team in the AFC North with issues stopping the run. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette is also wondering what happened to the run defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers this year.

Bleacher Report's Joshua Hayes gives Steelers fans 10 things to watch for when the team hosts the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday.