1. 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 2 months ago 4,012 reads 14 comments

  2. 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 2 months ago 17,523 reads 34 comments

  3. 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 2 months ago 40,213 reads 227 comments

  4. 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 3 months ago 9,097 reads 5 comments

  5. 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 3 months ago 22,699 reads 50 comments

  6. 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 3 months ago 14,240 reads 69 comments

  7. 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 3 months ago 7,748 reads 18 comments

  8. 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 3 months ago 6,451 reads 21 comments

  9. 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 3 months ago 17,937 reads 26 comments

  10. 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 3 months ago 10,752 reads 48 comments

  11. 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 3 months ago 7,605 reads 17 comments

  12. 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 3 months ago 5,925 reads 14 comments

  13. 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 3 months ago 25,569 reads 145 comments

  14. Nothing Shocking in Browns Naming Brian Hoyer Starting QB over Johnny Manziel

    Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced to the media on Wednesday morning that veteran Brian Hoyer would indeed be the team's starting quarterback in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 68,411 reads 139 comments

  15. No Matter What Mike Pettine Decides, Brian Hoyer Should Be Looking over Shoulder

    Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said late last week that a committee comprised of himself, quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains , offensive coordinator ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 3,893 reads 22 comments

  16. Rookie LB Ryan Shazier Adds New Element to Aging Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

    It wasn't long after the Pittsburgh Steelers selected inside linebacker Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft that the "S-word" was being thrown around: Starter ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 18,880 reads 82 comments

  17. Marvin Jones' Injury Is Not a Death-Blow to Bengals Offense

    Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis announced on Monday that third-year wide receiver Marvin Jones would be out "a few weeks" after suffering a broken foot on Saturday ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 2,923 reads 4 comments

  18. Checking in on the Browns' QB Battle After Preseason Week 1

    The Cleveland Browns ' quarterback battle saw its first live in-game action Saturday when the team took on the Detroit Lions in the first preseason game of the year...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 6,513 reads 36 comments

  19. Sean Spence Becoming Playmaker Steelers Envsioned in an Inspiring Comeback

    Of the many cliches in the NFL , one that rings true more often than not is, "The best ability is availability." It's something that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence knows well...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 17,155 reads 28 comments

  20. Previewing Johnny Manziel's Preseason Debut

    Rookie Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel makes his preseason debut on Saturday night when his team takes on the Detroit Lions . It's one of the most—if not the most—anticipated rookie premieres of the 2014 preseason...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 37,127 reads 89 comments

  21. Preseason Week 1 Shows Bengals Have Good Problem on Their Hands at Running Back

    When the Cincinnati Bengals went into training camp, it seemed like their run game plans were fairly cut-and-dried...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 12,615 reads 15 comments

  22. Andy Dalton, Bengals Both Win with New Extension, but Can Dalton Be Trusted?

    When ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan reported Monday morning that the Cincinnati Bengals had given quarterback Andy Dalton a six-year, $115 million contract extension, ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 5,384 reads 32 comments

  23. Rookies off to Hottest Starts in NFL Training Camps

    NFL training camps present our first opportunities to see this year's rookie class in full pads, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect from them in the upcoming season. Some rookies look like, well, rookies...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 99,515 reads 176 comments

  24. Why It's Smart to Wait Until 2015 to Make Ben Roethlisberger a Steeler for Life

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger 's current contract won't be up until 2016, but the team is already discussing an extension. It's just that it won't come this year...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 10,787 reads 28 comments

  25. How Bernard Pierce Can Salvage Baltimore's Run Game in Weeks 1 and 2

    With ESPN.com reporting that Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens will have to rely on his backup, Bernard Pierce , to be the focus of the team's run game early on...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 4,381 reads 11 comments