1. Ravens Loss Shows How Much Is Up for Grabs in AFC North

    The Baltimore Ravens ' possession of the top spot in the AFC North was a short-lived affair, one that ended with a 27-24 loss on Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals . The Ravens have now been swept by the Bengals and are 2-2 in the division...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 8 months ago 1,235 reads 17 comments

  2. Why We Learned Nothing About the Browns Despite Winning Again

    The Cleveland Browns again boast a winning record after beating the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, 23-13. In a close AFC North, the win keeps the Browns in the postseason hunt, though looking at them it would be hard to believe...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 8 months ago 8,353 reads 63 comments

  3. Brian Hoyer's Time Is Not Up Yet in Cleveland, Still Too Soon for Johnny Manziel

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer 's dismal performance in his team's 24-6 loss at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars have some thinking perhaps it's time to finally make the switch to rookie Johnny Manziel ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 10,021 reads 50 comments

  4. Hue Jackson's Bengals Offense Must Find Balance with Running Game Immediately

    The Cincinnati Bengals were supposed to be more focused on running the ball this season with Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 3,123 reads 6 comments

  5. Todd Haley's Offensive Creativity Pays Dividends in Win over Texans

    Something good, something bad. Something good, something bad. With the Pittsburgh Steelers coming off a decisively "something bad" in their 31-10 Week 6 loss to the Cleveland ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 3,526 reads 24 comments

  6. Is It Time to Take the Baltimore Ravens Seriously?

    With the Baltimore Ravens ' 29-7 rout of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, their record rises to 5-2. They are in sole possession of the top spot in the AFC North and are pulling away in what had been a close race to this point between all four teams...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 15,188 reads 104 comments

  7. Upstart Browns, Brian Hoyer Not Good Enough to Overcome Offensive Line Problems

    When Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack went down with a broken leg against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6, it was evident there would be a time of transition...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 4,859 reads 110 comments

  8. Bengals Must Increase Gio Bernard's Targets to Compensate for Offensive Injuries

    Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is one of the most versatile players at his position in the NFL . Whether running with the ball or catching passes, he's a playmaker in nearly every game he's in...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 3,510 reads 9 comments

  9. Increased Pass Targets for Le'Veon Bell Will Keep Steelers out of Offensive Rut

    The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has been effective this season, averaging a sixth-best 396.5 yards per game. However, it has also been predictable...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 4,271 reads 28 comments

  10. Little Things Plaguing Bengals Threaten a Potentially Great Season

    On paper, the Cincinnati Bengals ' season thus far doesn't seem to be going too poorly. They have a 3-1-1 record, and though no longer in the lead in the AFC North, they are still very much in the running...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 1,380 reads 12 comments

  11. What Do Mack and Bryant's Injuries Mean for Browns Going Forward?

    The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers , 31-10, on Sunday, but they did not emerge from the victory unscathed...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 5,280 reads 9 comments

  12. Ravens Proving That Balanced Attack Is Key for Joe Flacco and Offensive Success

    One of the true hallmarks of a dominant NFL team is its ability to defeat weaker opponents, whether at home or on the road...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 6,220 reads 7 comments

  13. Can Mohamed Sanu Carry the Bengals Through the Air in A.J. Green's Absence?

    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was carted off of the practice field on Wednesday, apparently re-aggravating a toe injury that has already cost him one game. He's not expected to play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 5,453 reads 6 comments

  14. Ravens' Weaknesses Turning Them into Mediocre Team

    After five games, the Baltimore Ravens are a highly respectable 3-2 in a very competitive AFC North. Prior to meeting the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5, they were coming off a dominant win over the Carolina Panthers ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 6,296 reads 20 comments

  15. Browns Defense Not Living Up to Expectations so Far This Season

    Through four games, the Cleveland Browns are an impressive 2-2 and are coming off of the team's first road win in over a year. However, it's not all going well, particularly on defense...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 4,605 reads 15 comments

  16. Bengals Won't Join AFC's Elite Until Cincinnati Learns to Win in Prime Time

    The Cincinnati Bengals struggle on the big stage. That has been a prevailing narrative about this team since Andy Dalton became the Bengals' starting quarterback in 2011...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 4,050 reads 45 comments

  17. How the Browns Managed Huge Comeback Win Against Titans

    The Cleveland Browns found themselves in familiar territory Sunday against the Tennessee Titans : in a significant halftime deficit. The Browns were down 28-10 at halftime and at one point trailed a miserable 28-3...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 176,042 reads 83 comments

  18. What Makes Antonio Brown Such a Dominant Receiver for the Steelers?

    The 2-2 Pittsburgh Steelers may have a few question marks on their roster at present, but wide receiver Antonio Brown is clearly not among them...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 8,812 reads 62 comments

  19. How Ben Tate's Return Will Impact Browns' Backfield in Week 5 and Beyond

    Though limited in practice on Wednesday, Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate is expected back in the active starting lineup for the team's Week 5 contest against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 20,265 reads 37 comments

  20. What the Bengals Can Expect from Marvin Jones' Return from Injury

    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones is set to make his 2014 debut after missing the first three games with a broken foot...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 15,921 reads 13 comments

  21. Do the Baltimore Ravens Not Need Bernard Pierce?

    Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce seems to have disappeared. Once a favorite to lock down the starting job, thanks to his collegiate experience running in a blocking ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 10,440 reads 14 comments

  22. Steve Smith's Big Day a Highlight as Ravens Offense Finds Balance

    When veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. joined the Baltimore Ravens in March, he was asked about the looming 2014 Week 4 contest against his former team, the Carolina Panthers ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 4,296 reads 7 comments

  23. Why the Bengals Defense Is Giving Up Yards but Not Points

    Through three games, the Cincinnati Bengals possess the top-scoring defense in the NFL , allowing an average of 11 points to their opponents...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 4,427 reads 15 comments

  24. How the Ravens Can and Should Run the Ball Against the Carolina Panthers

    While the biggest storyline for the Baltimore Ravens ' Week 4 contest against the Panthers will inevitably be Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 2,251 reads 4 comments

  25. Steelers Turn to James Harrison, Defensive Depth to Overcome Rash of Injuries

    The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night with a 37-19 victory, aided greatly by a defensive performance that resembled that of its Super Bowl-caliber recent past...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 50,489 reads 65 comments