1. Why Andy Dalton Is—and Is Not—A Playoff-Caliber Quarterback

    The Cincinnati Bengals have an 8-4 record headed into Week 14 and sole possession of the AFC North. If they can keep hold of it, that means a third straight season will end with a trip to the playoffs...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 4,302 reads 16 comments

  2. Mike Tomlin's Punishment Is Fair—Now Let's Get Back to Football

    As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was levied a fine by the NFL for his interference with Jacoby Jones' kickoff return in the team's Week 13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 4,416 reads 72 comments

  3. What the Browns Can Do to Make Caleb Hanie's Life Easier Against the Patriots

    On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns announced the signing of free-agent quarterback Caleb Hanie . He joins the inexperienced Alex Tanney, signed last week, as the newest additions to the Browns roster...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 7,354 reads 19 comments

  4. What the Ravens Must Do to Keep Hold of the AFC's 6th Playoff Spot

    With their 22-20 defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13, the Baltimore Ravens found themselves the AFC's sixth seed in the playoffs, something that didn't change after Sunday's games...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 5,257 reads 13 comments

  5. Future Looks Bright for Cleveland Browns, Josh Gordon

    The Cleveland Browns were all but eliminated from playoff contention with their 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. However, there was one bright spot in the game—wide receiver Josh Gordon ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 16,089 reads 100 comments

  6. Browns Should Focus on Ending 2013 Season Strong, Not Worry About Next Year

    Though the Cleveland Browns have a 4-7 record, their playoff hopes aren't yet dashed . The fact that there are so many AFC teams with similar records means that, as improbable as it may sound, the Browns could actually reach the postseason...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 1,986 reads 28 comments

  7. Ravens Keep Playoff Hopes Alive, But How Far Can They Really Go?

    The Baltimore Ravens went into Thursday night's contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a must-win situation. At 5-6, a loss would have dashed their hopes of playoff contention...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 8,138 reads 43 comments

  8. Steelers vs. Ravens: Complete Thanksgiving Day Primer for Pittsburgh, Baltimore

    The Baltimore Ravens host the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving night, the first Turkey Day matchup for two AFC North foes since the night game tradition began in 2006...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 7,258 reads 15 comments

  9. Where Things Stand for the Cincinnati Bengals After the Bye Week

    The Cincinnati Bengals lost ground in Week 12, though they didn't lose a game. On their bye week, the Bengals could only sit back and watch as two of their AFC North rivals came away with much-needed wins...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 4,143 reads 30 comments

  10. How Josh Gordon Is Emerging as an Unstoppable Force in Cleveland

    Though the Cleveland Browns fell to 4-7 on the season in their Week 12, 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers , there was one very bright spot for the team that should give them optimism about the future of their offense...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 6,332 reads 46 comments

  11. Surging Pittsburgh Steelers Look Like Legitimate Playoff Team

    The Pittsburgh Steelers extended their win streak to three in their 27-11 rout of the Cleveland Browns on Sunday...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 23,482 reads 175 comments

  12. How the Steelers Can Protect Ben Roethlisberger from the Browns' Pass Rush

    A lot is riding on the final six games of the Pittsburgh Steelers ' season. With four of the six games against AFC North rivals, the door is still open for the Steelers to not only clinch a playoff berth but to also win the division...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 2,633 reads 13 comments

  13. Reliable Jerricho Cotchery is Ben Roethlisberger's New Heath Miller

    For years—since 2005 to be exact— Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller has been quarterback Ben Roethlisberger 's go-to receiver. He's been reliable, catching 441 of a career 572 pass targets...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 9 months ago 7,435 reads 16 comments

  14. How the Browns Can Be Playoff Contenders Instead of Just Playoff Spoilers

    Though the Cleveland Browns have a 4-6 record, the same as division-mates the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens , they are in third place in the AFC North thanks to tiebreakers...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 2,913 reads 15 comments

  15. Is the Ravens' Running Game Finally Back?

    The Baltimore Ravens fell in overtime to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, 23-20. That's not good news for the defending Super Bowl champions, whose 4-6 record puts them in last place in the AFC North...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 1,959 reads 7 comments

  16. Are the Steelers Actually a Threat to the Bengals in the AFC North?

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are on a two-game win streak with their 37-27 upset of the Detroit Lions on Sunday...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 14,830 reads 78 comments

  17. Can the Cincinnati Defense Continue to Carry Bengals Through Dalton's Struggles?

    The Cincinnati Bengals managed to stave off the threat by AFC North rivals the Cleveland Browns on Sunday with a 41-20 win that brought their record to 7-4 and further cemented their lead in the division...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 5,358 reads 131 comments

  18. How Andy Dalton Can End 2-Game Slide vs. Browns

    For the past two weeks, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has played the worst football of his brief NFL career...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 2,414 reads 13 comments

  19. Pros and Cons of the Steelers Trading Ben Roethlisberger Next Year

    On Sunday, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport dropped quite the incendiary story, stating that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is unhappy with the direction his team has taken and with his offensive coaching staff...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 15,290 reads 97 comments

  20. Lost in Baltimore's Woes Is How Well the Defense Has Been Playing

    With a 4-5 record, the Baltimore Ravens are in second place in the AFC North, tied with the Cleveland Browns and a game and a half behind the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 2,401 reads 18 comments

  21. Just How Bad Are the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers?

    The Pittsburgh Steelers won their Week 10 contest against the Buffalo Bills , but the victory won't suddenly send them on a course to the postseason...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 7,194 reads 58 comments

  22. Ravens Save Season with Win Against Bengals, but Are Far from Playoff Contention

    The Baltimore Ravens brought the Cincinnati Bengals down to earth on Sunday in their overtime, 20-17 defeat of the AFC North's top team...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 6,649 reads 18 comments

  23. How the Steelers Can Prevent a Repeat Blowout This Week Against the Bills

    The 2-6 Pittsburgh Steelers host the 3-6 Buffalo Bills on Sunday with the bad taste of last week's beating at the hands of the New England Patriots still lingering...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 1,055 reads 3 comments

  24. Joe Flacco's Deep-Ball Struggles Are Related to Anquan Boldin Trade

    For all of the changes to the defensive side of the Baltimore Ravens roster in the offseason, it's their offense that has struggled the most this year...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 3,497 reads 22 comments

  25. Why You Shouldn't Lose Faith in Andy Dalton

    Few players have been subjected to as much debate and scrutiny this season as third-year Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 10 months ago 5,464 reads 46 comments