A busy week for all the AFC North teams as the playoff and draft seeding gets ever closer to finalizing. With the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers winning, they both look like playoff bound teams that could do some damage when they get there. Meanwhile the Ravens and Cleveland Browns would both lose as they try to get better draft position to grab immediate impact players for 2016.
Cleveland Browns vs Seattle Seahawks: 13-30
The Browns have officially handed the keys to the team to Johnny Manziel and there are going to be growing pains that come with that. Part of those pains come even faster when you face off against the team like the Seattle Seahawks. Ravens fans will know exactly what's up given the 35-6 beating they took the previous week at the hands of Russell Wilson and his Seahawks.
Little could slow down Wilson as he would throw 3 touchdowns and cruise to a 249 yard day and a 70% completion percentage. On the other side of the field, the Browns just couldn't get anything really going on offense. Manziel would put up a score through the air, but he also threw an interception, while only putting up 161 yards on 19 completions. The run game didn't do much better as Isaiah Crowell would get 23 yards on 9 attempts.
In losing, the Browns keep up with their top pick hopes as they fall down to 3-11. The Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans are breathing down their necks though.
Denver Broncos vs Pittsburgh Steelers: 27-34
The game started out horribly for the Steelers as the Broncos would hang all 27 points in the first half. The second half is where Championship teams show their stuff, and the Steelers might just have what it takes. They completely stopped the Denver Broncos from putting up another point as they scored 21 more to take the win.
The Steelers look every bit of their high offensive ranking as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went 40 of 55 for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns. He did give up 2 interceptions, which you know he's like to have back. The Steelers rarely ran, clearly behind at the half, so De'Angelo Williams only saw 14 carries, but was able to add a score on the 26 yards he gained all game long.
The big name was Antonio Brown. On a day where Odell Beckham Jr was a little too aggressive when facing a top corner, Brown had 16 receptions for 189 yards and 2 of the touchdowns thrown. In the conversation between the arguably two top receivers in the league, Antonio Brown took a major leap forward in the eyes of many by pulling that performance against the league's best defense.
Cincinnati Bengals vs San Francisco 49ers: 24-14
The Bengals got their first look at an Andy Dalton-less led team and it wasn't all that pretty. Starting the season as one of the best teams in the league partly because of a potent offense, not having Dalton at the helm clearly affected what the Bengals wanted to do.
Head coach Marvin Lewis kept it simple for backup quarterback A.J. McCarron as they leaned heavily on the run. McCarron did his part by not making any mistakes like throwing interceptions, but he was simply a game manager by throwing 21 times for 192 yards.
Really, the MVP for the Bengals in this game should be Blaine Gabbert as his 3 interceptions put the Bengals in great field position so they didn't have to do much with their passing attack or even their run game. Those turnovers tell the whole story as the game was a lot closer in score than it ever was on the field.