Steelers "Not Strong Mentally" and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVOctober 12, 2012

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote spoke to 93.7 The Fan (report via after Thursday night's loss to the Tennessee Titans and ascribed the defeat to one thing: A lack of mental toughness on the part of all the Steelers players.

Foote told Jeff Hathhorn of The Fan: "We don’t look like a championship team right now. Everybody here’s been knocked down, everybody’s had doors shut in their face, everybody’s gotten beat."

At 2-3, and 0-3 on the road, the Steelers have a long slog ahead if they are to return to the playoffs this season. They are currently third in the AFC North and are dealing with a rash of injuries to key players on both offense and defense.


Baltimore Ravens

The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line manhandled Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis last week, allowing for their star running back, Jamaal Charles, to pick up yard after yard. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun breaks down the areas in which Lewis has struggled so far this season.

Clay Defayette of Bleacher Report gives us the matchups to watch this week when the Ravens host the Dallas Cowboys.


Cincinnati Bengals

After a rookie season that ended before it began and a four-game suspension to start this year, it's time for Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dontay Moch to take the field. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, he's ready.

Jesse Reed of Bleacher Report details the lessons that scouts can learn from the turnaround that Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has made from draft pariah to success story.


Cleveland Browns

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says that rookie receiver Josh Gordon looks like he's a perfect fit with the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns may be 0-5, leaving fans with the unbridled urge to implore soon-to-be new owner Jimmy Haslam to blow things up and start anew, but David DeWitt of Bleacher Report says there are reasons why they should root for the current regime to succeed.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives us his report card grades for the Pittsburgh Steelers after their 26-23 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.

Jamal Collier of Bleacher Report gives up a blueprint for how the Steelers can dig themselves out of the 2-3 hole they currently sit in.