The Steelers Must Run the Ball, Stop the Run and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVOctober 5, 2012

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the Steelers' focus this week against the Eagles is all about the run—getting things going on the ground in their own offense, and stopping Philadelphia from making huge plays from its carries.

The Steelers, says Bouchette, have become one-dimensional on offense because they cannot run the ball, and their defense, which generally wants to stop opponents from running in order to force them into passing and thus into making mistakes, hasn't been capable either.

They need to turn things around this week, or else the rest of the season might be a long, painful span.


Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata put on 20 pounds before the start of this season, but Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that it's done nothing to hinder his explosiveness and he's now become practically unblockable.

Bleacher Report's Richard Langford gives a full preview of the Ravens' Week 5 contest against the Kansas City Chiefs, including where—and who—to watch.


Cincinnati Bengals

Among the news and notes presented by the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy and Kevin Kelly is the announcement that Bengals receiver A.J. Green has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September. Green had two 100-plus-yard games last month and 27 catches for 428 yards.

Joe Levitt of Bleacher Report details why quarterback Andy Dalton will lead the Bengals back to the playoffs for a second consecutive season.


Cleveland Browns

Jodie Valade of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that rookie Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been rapidly progressing in practice and may see increased playing time in the not-so-distant future.

Bleacher Report's Nick Kostora says that soon-to-be new Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam needs to clean house once this season has wrapped.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Steelers rookie guard David DeCastro, who tore his MCL, dislocated his kneecap and damaged his patellar tendon in the team's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, is making strides in his effort to return to the team later this year. 

Chris G. of Bleacher Report wonders if Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles is a must-win for the Steelers.