Though the Baltimore Ravens are at 5-2 and in first place in the AFC North, things are not going so well. Beyond injuries on defense, their offense hasn't found ways to stay consistent, especially on the road.
With that in mind and a bye week ahead, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that head coach Jim Harbaugh could use this time off to make some changes on the offensive side of the ball.
The Baltimore Ravens cut linebacker Sergio Kindle on Saturday, but Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that he's back with the team, this time on the practice squad. Cornerback Jordan Mabin was released from the practice squad to make room.
Things aren't going so well for the Ravens presently, but Zach Evans of Bleacher Report says it's not time to hit the panic button just yet.
Whatever changes the Cincinnati Bengals choose to make over the bye week, it won't be at middle linebacker, reports Kevin Kelly of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Head coach Marvin Lewis said on Monday that "laymen" are being "overly critical" of Rey Maualuga, adding "Nobody’s going to tell me more about playing linebacker than what I know. There’s a lot of good things he’s doing."
David Campbell of Bleacher Report breaks down the Bengals' most- and least-improved players over the course of the 2012 season thus far.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur is going to evaluate the health of rookie running back Trent Richardson after his slow start to the season thanks to first a knee injury and now bruised rib cartilage. She suggests he may be shut down for the next two games before the bye week to allow him to get back to full strength.
Thinking ahead, Andy McNamara of Bleacher Report wonders who the Browns may target with their 2013 first-round draft pick.
Ralph N. Paulk of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says it's becoming increasingly more clear that wide receiver Antonio Brown is the star of the Todd Haley-devised Pittsburgh Steelers offense.
Bleacher Report's Dan Snyder gives us his midseason report card for every Steelers positional unit.