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AFC North Thursday: Log Jam at the Top of the Division, While Steelers Remain Winless

October 3rd, 2013 at 9:57 AM
By Josh Michael

It's Thursday and that means it's time for Ravens101's  AFC North Thursday, and it was quite an interesting week in the AFC North in week four. The Baltimore Ravens were upset, the Cleveland Browns surprise, and Pittsburgh Steelers remain winless.

All four teams in the division were in action in week four with just one team coming out on the winning side of things, yep you guessed it, the Browns!

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First we will start with our Ravens and it was certainly a game that Baltimore would like to forget and put behind them. The Buffalo Bills did something no one else had done this season, run the ball all over the Ravens defense. Buffalo ran the ball 55 times for 203 total rushing yards in their 23-20 upset victory over the Ravens and averaged 3.7 yards per rush.

The story was not just the Bills rushing attack, but the rough day for the Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco. He set a career high with five interceptions in the game, four of which appeared to be solely on Joe, as one of them went right through the hands of his intended target. Flacco wound up throwing the ball 50 times in the game, completing 25 of those for 347 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions. The Ravens offense threw the ball so many times because the running game could not get going in the first half and Head Coach John Harbaugh decided to abandon the running game in the second half as Baltimore ran the ball just twice the entire second half.

As the lone winner in the division in week four, the Browns took down a division foe in the Cincinnati Bengals 17-6. Cleveland never trailed in the game as they took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter courtesy of a Brian Hoyer touchdown pass to TE Jordan Cameron. Hoyer finished the day completing 25 of his 38 pass attempts for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Cameron continued to be one of the hottest players in the league as he reeled in ten grabs for 91 yards and a touchdown. Cleveland's defense force two turnovers in the game and held the Bengals to just 266 total yards.

Lastly, we finish up with the last place and winless Pittsburgh Steelers. They had hoped that traveling across the pond to London would change their fortunes, but unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the previously winless Minnesota Vikings left Europe with the 34-27 victory. Pittsburgh trailed the entire game and saw Adrian Peterson run all over them as he torched the Steelers for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball 51 times, while completing 36 of those for 361 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

It was a rough week for the division as a whole, but there is now a log jam atop the division with a three way tie for first, while the Steelers are the basement dwellers.

AFC North Standings


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