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Week 5 NFL Previews: AFC North

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With the Baltimore Ravens off relaxing on their Bye week, let's take a look at the AFC North to see what their division opponents have planned for week five of the 2011 NFL season. The Cleveland Browns join the Ravens with a Bye this week, but both the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) and Cincinnati Bengals are playing on Sunday. Let's take a look at the NFL Previews:

TENNESSEE TITANS (3-1) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-2)

SERIES

TITANS

STEELERS

SERIES LEADER

 

40-29

STREAKS

 

3 of past 4

COACHES VS. OPP.

Munchak: 0-0

Tomlin: 2-1

LAST WEEK

W 31-13 at Browns

L 17-10 at Texans

LAST GAME

9/19/10: Steelers 19 at Titans 11. Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown opens game with 89-yard KR-TD as Steelers’ defense holds Tennessee to 238 total yards while forcing 7 TOs (3 INTs, 4 FRs).

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/10/09: Steelers 13, Titans 10 (OT).  Pittsburgh K Jeff Reed converts 32-yard FG in 4th quarter & 33-yarder in OT to seal victory in Kickoff Weekend Thursday night primetime opener.

BROADCAST

CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 117 (Ten.), 92 (Pit.). XM: 225 (Pit.). 

 

STATS

PASSING

Hasselbeck: 88-132-1,152 (3C)-8 (T3C)-3-104.7 (2C)

Roethlisberger: 85-138-1,148-3-5-80.2

RUSHING

C. Johnson: 69-199-2.9-0

Mendenhall: 58-173-3.0-2

RECEIVING

Washington: 23-320-13.9-1

Wallace: 25 (T2C)-454 (3L)-18.2-2

OFFENSE

347.3

359.3

TAKE/GIVE

+2

-10

DEFENSE

299.8

277.0 (2L)

SACKS

Klug (R), Morgan (R): 2

Woodley: 1.5

INTs

McCourty: 2 (T2C)

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PUNTING

Kern: 41.2

Sepulveda: 50.0

KICKING

Bironas: 28 (10/10 PAT; 6/8 FG)

Suisham: 22 (7/7 PAT; 5/8 FG)

NOTES

TITANS:  Seek 4th consecutive win…In past 2, QB MATT HASSELBECK has 5 TDs vs. 1 INT & 119 passer rating. Hasselbeck aims for 5th consecutive game with 100+ passer rating. Has 8 TD passes this season – his most in 1st 4 games of any of his 11 seasons as starting NFL QB…RB CHRIS JOHNSON (101 yards) record 25th career game with 100+ rush yards last week. Johnson (5,907) needs 93 scrimmage yards to reach 6,000 career…WR NATE WASHINGTON spent 4 seasons (2005-08) with Steelers…TE JARED COOK had career-long 80-yard TD rec. last week – longest TD catch by Titans/Oilers TE since WILLIE FRAZIER on 11/6/64 (80).TE CRAIG STEVENS posted 1st TD catch in ’11 last week…Defense allows NFL-low 14 points per game in ’11…LB BARRETT RUUD leads team with 27 tackles…DE DERRICK MORGAN has sack in 2 of past 3…Rookie LB AKEEM AYERS (2nd round, No. 39) recorded 1st career sack last week...S JORDAN BABINEAUX had 97-yard INT-TD return last week, 3rd-longest in franchise history…STEELERSClub has won 4 of past 5 at home…In 3 career games vs. Titans, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 2-1 & has completed 67 of 93 passes (72 pct.) for 910 yards with 5 TDs & 102.9 passer rating. Roethlisberger has 18-7 (.720) record as starter in Oct…RB RASHARD MENDENHALL has 6 rush TDs in past 7 games…WR HINES WARD (11,838) needs 67 rec. yards to surpass HOFer MICHAEL IRVIN(11,834) for 19th-most in NFL history. Has 100+ rec. yards (109, 103) in 2 of past 3 vs. Titans. WR MIKE WALLACE averages 113.5 rec. yards per game this season (454 total). Aims for 4th consecutive game with 100+ yards at home (102, 104, 126). 11 of WR ANTONIO BROWN’s 15 rec. have been for 1st downs (73.3 pct.) this season…TE HEATH MILLER (298) needs 2 catches to become 1st Pit. TE with 300 career…Defense allows 277 yards per game, 2nd-lowest in NFL this season (BENGALS, 275.5)…In last game vs. Ten., LB JAMES HARRISON had 2 sacks, 2 FFs & FR…S TROY POLAMALU has 3 INTs in 5 career games vs. Titans.

CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-2) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-3)

SERIES

BENGALS

JAGUARS

SERIES LEADER

 

11-6

STREAKS

 

4 of past 5 overall & past 7 at home

COACHES VS. OPP.

Lewis: 1-1

Del Rio: 1-1

LAST WEEK

W 23-20 vs. Bills

L 23-10 vs. Saints

LAST GAME

11/2/08: Jaguars 19 at Bengals 21. Cincinnati QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completes 2 TD passes (2, 10) to WR Chad Ochocinco. Bengals survive 16-point 4th-quarter rally by Jacksonville.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/9/05: Jaguars 23, Bengals 20. Jacksonville QB Byron Leftwich throws 2 TDs & RB Fred Taylor rushes for 132 yards as Jaguars improve to 3-2.

BROADCAST

CBS (1:00 PM ET): Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 128 (Cin.), 112 (Jax.). XM: 228 (Jax.). 

STATS

PASSING

Dalton (R): 72-124-868-4-4-76.9

Gabbert (R): 33-69-387-2-2-62.9

RUSHING

Benson: 77-348-4.5-1

Jones-Drew: 77-391 (2L)-5.1-1

RECEIVING

Green (R): 19-312-16.4-2

Thomas: 20-212-10.6-1

OFFENSE

340.5

264.3

TAKE/GIVE

-1

-2

DEFENSE

275.5 (1L)

335.8

SACKS

Atkins: 2.5

Roth: 2

INTs

M. Johnson: 1

5 tied: 1

PUNTING

Huber: 43.8

Turk: 40.4

KICKING

Nugent: 36 (6/6 PAT; 10/10 FG)

Scobee: 21 (3/3 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

BENGALS:  In 2 starts on road, rookie QB ANDY DALTON (2nd round, No. 35) has completed 37 of 56 passes (66.1 pct.) for 413 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 105.7 passer rating. Dalton had 2 TDs last week (1 pass, 1 rush) & became 1st Cincinnati rookie to pass & run for TD in game since JACK THOMPSON on 11/18/79…RB CEDRIC BENSON posted 14th 100-yard rush game (104) with Bengals last week & Cin. has 12-2 (.857) record in such games. In only meeting vs. Jaguars, Benson rushed for 104 yards on 24 att. (4.3 avg.) with 1 TD. Rookie WR A.J. GREEN (1st round, No. 4) leads AFC rookies in catches (19) & receiving yards (312). Posted 2nd career 100-yard rec. game (118) last week. Green is tied for NFL-best with 3 catches of 40+ yards in ’11…TE JERMAINE GRESHAM had career-best 70 rec. yards last week. Gresham is averaging 15.1 yards per catch in past 2 (8 catches, 121 yards)…Bengals have allowed NFL-low 275.5 yards per game in ’11…DT GENO ATKINS has 2.5 sacks in past 3 games…S REGGIE NELSON spent 3 seasons (2007-09) with Jaguars…JAGUARSClub aims for 8th consecutive win at home vs. Bengals…Rookie QB BLAINE GABBERT (1st round, No. 10) has 90+ 4th quarter passer rating in 2 of past 3 games…Since ’10 at home, RB MAURICE JONES-DREW has 80+ rush yards in 8 of past 9…Jones-Drew is averaging 97.7 rush yards per game this season (391 total)…WR MIKE THOMAS has reception of 30+ yards in each of past 2 games…TE MARCEDES LEWIS (17) needs 2 TD catches to surpass WR REGGIE WILLIAMS (18) for 3rd-most in franchise history (JIMMY SMITH, 67; KEENAN MC CARDELL, 30). Lewis (2,305) needs 18 receiving yards to move into 5th place in Jaguars history (Williams; 2,322). TE ZACH MILLER registered 1st TD catch of career last week…LB DARYL SMITH registered 6th career INT last game…LB PAUL POSLUSZNY leads team with 30 tackles. Posluszny registered 1st sack of season against Saints in Week 4…S DAWAN LANDRY posted 1st INT as Jaguar last week…DE AUSTEN LANE recorded 1st career sack last game.