1. Ravens Can't Let Banged Up Secondary Derail Playoff Hopes

    The Baltimore Ravens put two more defensive backs on injured reserve on Tuesday, with rookie safety Terrence Brooks and cornerback Asa Jackson being shelved for the year with knee injuries, via The Baltimore Sun 's Aaron Wilson...

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  2. Can Bengals' Run Game Carry Andy Dalton, Cincinnati into Playoffs?

    The Cincinnati Bengals traveled to Cleveland in Week 15, beating the rival Browns 30-0. Uncharacteristically, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton did not have a great day, yet the team was dominant...

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  3. Steelers Finally Overcome Inconsistency to Drop Falcons, Inch Closer to Playoffs

    It seemed like a perfect setup for a Pittsburgh Steelers loss in Week 15: a road game against a five-win NFC South team, coming a week after a 42-21 domination of the Cincinnati Bengals ...

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  4. Andy Dalton Must Learn from Past Failures vs. Browns

    As quarterback Andy Dalton goes, so do the Cincinnati Bengals . We've seen the repercussions, both good and bad, of this dependence on the quarterback since he took the starting job in 2011...

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  5. Brian Hoyer Gave Browns No Choice but to Start Johnny Manziel

    For at least two months of this NFL season, Brian Hoyer was the feel-good story of the year. He won the Cleveland Browns ' starting quarterback job as the hometown kid, the lifelong fan earning his dream job...

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  6. Ravens Finally Developing Young Stable of Wide Receivers for Joe Flacco

    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has experience, talent and a strong arm to his credit. One thing he's lacked over the years, however, is a reliable group of receivers...

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  7. Bengals Lacking the Killer Instinct Needed to Hold onto AFC North Crown

    Though the Cincinnati Bengals fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-21 in Week 14, the loss does not take them out of contention in the AFC North...

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  8. Steelers Need Consistency To Make Postseason Dream a Reality

    The Pittsburgh Steelers went into Cincinnati with a 12-3 win-loss record against the Bengals on their home turf, dating back to the year 2000. It might be the most lopsided road-win record in the NFL ...

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  9. How Can the Ravens Compensate for Loss of Suspended Haloti Ngata?

    The Baltimore Ravens announced on Thursday that five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata would be suspended by the NFL for the final four games of the season ...

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  10. How Sticking with Brian Hoyer Impacts QB, Johnny Manziel and Browns' Future

    The Cleveland Browns made it official on Wednesday: The starting quarterback job will remain in Brian Hoyer 's hands for now...

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  11. 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...

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  12. 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 ...

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  13. 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...

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  14. 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...

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  15. 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 2 months ago 6,317 reads 12 comments

  16. 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...

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  17. 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...

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  18. 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...

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  19. 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 ...

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  20. 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 ...

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  21. 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 ...

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  22. 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...

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  23. 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 ...

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  24. 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...

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  25. 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...

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