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AFC North: Week 3 Preview

The third week of the NFL season is already here, and three of four AFC North teams are looking to improve a 1-1 record. We will see a few interesting games this week while teams are fighting the narratives formed against them.

 

Ravens (1-1) vs. Browns (1-1)

Another interesting game between division foes, both teams are coming off of big victories in week two. The Browns have struck gold in rookie Terrence West, but the Ravens have defended the run well through the first two weeks of the season. ┬áThe Browns also are giving up just under 300 yards this season through the air, and this sets the stage for Joe Flacco to have a his biggest game of the season. It wouldn’t be a reach at all to expect the Ravens to win this game, though the Browns will compete well into the fourth quarter. At the end of the day, I think the Browns will have issues moving the football when it counts.

 

Bengals (2-0) vs. Titans (1-1)

The Titans have a very solid team and an offense that holds a wealth of potential, but I think they will be overwhelmed by the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend. Andy Dalton will be missing his favorite target A.J. Green, but Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill will receive more carries and wear down Tennessee’s defense. While the Bengals have issues defending the pass, quarterback Jake Locker and the Titans receiving core are not yet potent enough to pull out a win. Also, given his struggle against Dallas, the Bengals may force Locker to commit two or three turnovers to seal the deal.

 

Steelers (1-1) vs. Panthers (2-0)

Steelers fans will most likely be very disturbed with what they see by the end of this game. The Panthers passing attack has been in sync, and their great offensive line play will improve. ┬áThe Panthers also have a powerful defense, which puts them in line to beat the Steelers in all the areas that they traditionally excel at. The Panthers are sixth in the league against the run and may force the Pittsburgh to become one dimensional early and eventually fall to 1-2 on the season. As frightening as it may sound, the Steelers can’t grind out a tough win against a team built this well.

 

Best of luck to all teams and fans as they enter the third week of the season. We’ve seen some great football to this point and win or lose, this division is proving to be the class of the AFC.

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