1. Atrocious Pass Defense Is Steelers' Biggest Worry

    The Pittsburgh Steelers defense was supposed to be better in Week 13. They got back safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor from their respective injuries. They were coming off of the bye week...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 4,937 reads 48 comments

  2. Ravens Need Discipline, Cohesion to Be Playoff Contenders

    By the time the fourth quarter commenced on Sunday, it appeared the Baltimore Ravens would get the better of their visiting opponents, the San Diego Chargers ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 1,489 reads 14 comments

  3. Bengals, Dalton Overcome Terrible 1st Half, Keep Hold of AFC North's Top Spot

    For the first half of the Cincinnati Bengals ' eventual 14-13 defeat of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , it seemed as though a Bengals victory would be nearly impossible...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 6,699 reads 37 comments

  4. Steelers Defense Finally Getting Healthy Again Just in Time for Stretch Run

    The bye week, especially late in the season, allows teams to get healthy during a crucial point in the season...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 10,577 reads 33 comments

  5. Can the Browns Survive Losing Their Best Defensive Player in Tashaun Gipson?

    It was what is usually a routine play for Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson —jump up and deflect the pass in the end zone...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 6,347 reads 12 comments

  6. Justin Forsett Putting Ravens Offense, Playoff Hopes on His Shoulders

    To be a true playoff contender in today's NFL requires more than just masterful quarterback play or a defense skilled at piling up sacks. They must be a complete team, which means they must run the ball...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 19,997 reads 24 comments

  7. Winning Ugly Is Huge Part of Maturation Process for Playoff-Contending Browns

    If the Cleveland Browns have a signature winning style this season, it would be "ugly." Their 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons was their fifth game this season decided by three or fewer points...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 17,367 reads 100 comments

  8. As Ravens Push for Playoffs, It's Time for Joe Flacco to Prove His Worth

    The Baltimore Ravens head to New Orleans on Monday night hoping to be the third team in three weeks to beat the Saints on their home turf...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 4,723 reads 22 comments

  9. Why Are the Bengals Struggling so Much to Rush the Quarterback?

    At 6-3-1 and in the top spot in the AFC North, the Cincinnati Bengals figure to be a very good team. They are coming off an impressive 27-10 road win over the New Orleans Saints ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 4,673 reads 22 comments

  10. Browns' Young Backfield, Defensive Injuries Made Ben Tate Easily Expendable

    The Cleveland Browns announced on Tuesday they have released running back Ben Tate : The move comes two days after a clearly disgruntled Tate would not speak to reporters ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 15,482 reads 29 comments

  11. Steelers Avoid Doom in Music City, but Lack of Pass Rush Still a Major Problem

    It was an up-and-down contest for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night against the Tennessee Titans ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 2,748 reads 17 comments

  12. Is Josh Gordon Enough to Keep Browns' Playoff Dreams Alive?

    It's finally here, the moment the Cleveland Browns have been waiting for: the return of wide receiver Josh Gordon , who is finally done with his 10-game suspension. It couldn't have come at a better time...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 11,864 reads 49 comments

  13. Bengals, Andy Dalton Must Build off Confidence of Huge Road Win vs. Saints

    Ten days ago, the Cincinnati Bengals suffered a brutal defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Browns , one that elevated the Browns into first place in the AFC North and further ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 months ago 6,064 reads 29 comments

  14. Win or Lose, Andy Dalton and Bengals Offense Must Rediscover Identity vs. Saints

    The Cincinnati Bengals ' Week 10 Thursday night drubbing at the hands of the Cleveland Browns was easily the worst the team's offense has looked with Andy Dalton at quarterback...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 1,428 reads 8 comments

  15. Injuries, Absences Won't Hold Steelers Defense from Bouncing Back in Week 11

    Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed on Tuesday (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 's Ed Bouchette ) that three defensive starters would again be sidelined for another game...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 6,019 reads 20 comments

  16. What's the Best Role in Bengals Offense for Giovani Bernard Going Forward?

    Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard has missed two games with shoulder and hip injuries and could miss Week 11's contest against the New Orleans Saints as well...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 21,112 reads 25 comments

  17. Ravens' Gamble on Their Secondary Is Paying off

    In Week 9, the Baltimore Ravens defense gave up six passing touchdowns to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger , a game which became a 43-23 loss for the Ravens...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 3,601 reads 13 comments

  18. Steelers Exhibit All the Worst Qualities of a Contender in Ugly Loss to Jets

    For the past two weeks, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been breaking scoring and passing-yardage records. The offense, once shaky, seemed to settle into dominant form, and the defense followed suit...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 22,043 reads 148 comments

  19. Andy Dalton Single-Handedly Ruining Bengals' Playoff Hopes with Terrible Play

    In a tight AFC North divisional race and with November already upon us, the Cincinnati Bengals needed to take advantage of their Thursday night opportunity against the 5-3 Cleveland Browns ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 31,545 reads 165 comments

  20. Can the Ravens Secondary Survive Jimmy Smith's Absence?

    When the dust cleared after the Baltimore Ravens were routed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had thrown six touchdown passes...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 2,291 reads 15 comments

  21. Browns Must Find a Way to Get the Most out of Three-Headed Rushing Attack

    Though the Cleveland Browns run game may never truly regain its dominant output without center Alex Mack, it should not underperform as it has over the past three weeks...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 3,013 reads 29 comments

  22. Ben Roethlisberger's MVP Play and Candidacy Is More Than Just a Flash in the Pan

    For the second week in a row, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has set a record. First was his 522-yard passing performance in his team's 51-34 defeat of the ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 28,152 reads 63 comments

  23. Ravens' Offensive Line Proving to Be Lynchpin of Baltimore's Offensive Success

    It's never an easy task for the Baltimore Ravens to travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers . It's even more difficult when accompanied by the added pressure of a nationally televised game...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 1,125 reads 14 comments

  24. Why Jeremy Hill's Emergence Is Great News for Gio Bernard and Bengals Offense

    The Cincinnati Bengals ' leader in both rushing yards and yards from scrimmage, Giovani Bernard , was inactive for Sunday's 33-23 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and could also ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 11,448 reads 14 comments

  25. Owen Daniels Proving Invaluable for Ravens Offense This Season

    Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels returned to practice on Wednesday , per the team's official Twitter account...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 7 months ago 2,574 reads 4 comments