1. 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 6 months ago 20,261 reads 37 comments

  2. 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 6 months ago 15,921 reads 13 comments

  3. 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 6 months ago 10,432 reads 14 comments

  4. 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 6 months ago 4,273 reads 7 comments

  5. 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 6 months ago 4,419 reads 15 comments

  6. 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 6 months ago 2,251 reads 4 comments

  7. 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 6 months ago 50,472 reads 65 comments

  8. Ravens Better Equipped to Survive Dennis Pitta's Absence This Year

    The Baltimore Ravens escaped Cleveland with a win over the Browns on Sunday, but they didn't emerge from the contest unscathed. Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was carted off the field and taken to a Cleveland hospital for examination...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 3,523 reads 3 comments

  9. Bell, Blount Prove Why They're the Perfect 1-2 Combo for the Pittsburgh Steelers

    The pass-heavy Pittsburgh Steelers faltered in Week 2 against the rival Baltimore Ravens . Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed the ball 37 times compared to a combined 18 Steelers ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 22,304 reads 37 comments

  10. Are the Browns True Contenders in the AFC North?

    For the third straight week, the Cleveland Browns ' fate came down to a game's final seconds. In Week 1, a Pittsburgh Steelers field goal with five seconds remaining led to a 30-27 loss...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 23,380 reads 91 comments

  11. Bengals Don't Need A.J. Green to Defeat Titans, Should Rest Star WR in Week 3

    Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was optimistic on Wednesday that star wideout A.J. Green should be ready to play on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 3,446 reads 4 comments

  12. What Should Be the Pittsburgh Steelers' Offensive Identity This Season?

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are 1-1 after two games, owing heavily to inconsistent performances on offense, particularly in the passing game...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 4,231 reads 31 comments

  13. Are Bengals Quietly Becoming One of NFL's Best Offenses?

    The Cincinnati Bengals are one of seven teams with a 2-0 record, and though it's early in the season, they certainly look like they deserve to be undefeated...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 4,055 reads 14 comments

  14. Browns Proving to Be so Much More Than Just QB Controversy

    Since the Cleveland Browns drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round in May, seemingly the entire focus has been on the battle between him and incumbent veteran Brian Hoyer ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 17,579 reads 34 comments

  15. Pittsburgh Steelers Defense in Need of Major Overhaul at Every Level

    Though the Pittsburgh Steelers offense was certainly lacking in the team's 26-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, the defense was also a major weakness. As defensive end Brett Keisel said after the loss , "We've got some work to do...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 40,288 reads 227 comments

  16. Bernard Pierce Must Prove He Can Be Trusted as Ravens Starting RB

    With Ray Rice permanently removed from the Baltimore Ravens ' roster, the team has a decision looming about the running back depth chart...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 9,140 reads 5 comments

  17. Markus Wheaton Can Be More Than Just Another Emmanuel Sanders for Steelers

    Heading into Week 1 of the regular season, there were some questions about whether newly minted Pittsburgh Steelers starting receiver Markus Wheaton could fill the shoes of the departed Emmanuel Sanders...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 22,771 reads 50 comments

  18. Browns Find Reason for Hope in Opening Loss to Steelers

    For the 10th straight year, the Cleveland Browns have opened their season with a loss. But perhaps for the first time in that unsettling decade, their Week 1 stumble also carries a lot of hope for the immediate future...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 14,272 reads 69 comments

  19. James Harrison Retires as One of Steelers' Great Underdog Success Stories

    Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement on Saturday...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 7,880 reads 18 comments

  20. Questions Still Linger for Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel After Browns QB Battle

    The Cleveland Browns ' quarterback battle, such as it is, reached its final preseason stage Thursday night when the Browns hosted the Chicago Bears in the fourth exhibition contest of the year...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 6,432 reads 21 comments

  21. What Josh Gordon Suspension Means for Cleveland Browns Offense, WR Depth

    As expected, Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon 's indefinite ban from football was upheld by the NFL on Wednesday, meaning that he'll be unable to play for Cleveland or any team until he successfully applies for reinstatement next year...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 17,994 reads 26 comments

  22. How to Fix the Pittsburgh Steelers Struggling Offense

    The Pittsburgh Steelers starting offense did not look very sharp in its preseason Week 3 dress rehearsal against the Philadelphia Eagles , which ultimately resulted in a 31-21 loss...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 10,801 reads 48 comments

  23. Losing Jay Gruden Addition by Subtraction for Confident Bengals Offense

    The 2014 offseason brought with it a great deal of change to the Cincinnati Bengals ' coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer became the Minnesota Vikings ' head coach while offensive coordinator became the head coach in Washington ..

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 7,669 reads 17 comments

  24. Steve Smith Is Missing Piece Joe Flacco, Ravens Offense Desperately Needed

    The Baltimore Ravens first-team offense wasn't flawless in its third preseason game, commonly thought of as the "dress rehearsal" for the regular season...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 5,997 reads 14 comments

  25. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers Have Cause for Concern After Showing vs. Eagles

    The third preseason game of the year is often thought of as a tuneup game, a dress rehearsal for how the starting offense and defense will perform once the regular season begins...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 25,614 reads 145 comments