While the Baltimore Ravens get set to rest on their bye week, and try to right the ship next week in Green Bay, the rest of the AFC North division will play Sunday afternoon.
The Browns will face the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The Lions are coming off of a win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. This is a game that should go the Lions way as they get back left tackle Taylor Decker. Detroit gets back Decker, but will not have T.J. Lang for this game. Cleveland is strong against the run, so expect a heavy dose of the Lions passing game with Matthew Stafford, Marvin Jones, and Golden Tate. The matchup between Decker and Myles Garrett should be fun to watch in this one.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, who have won three in a row since starting 3-2 which include big road wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions, will go on the road again to take on the Indianapolis Colts. While the Steelers are coming off of a bye, the Colts just had a nightmare week with the loss to the Bengals to drop them to 3-6. Also, they placed star quarterback Andrew Luck on the injured reserve.
This game could be an offensive explosion for Pittsburgh. The Colts total defense ranks 31st in the league. For Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Le'Veon Bell, it's like smelling blood in the water against a Colts team in disarray.
The Cincinnati Bengals play a game that has heavy implications for Baltimore. Interestingly enough, if you are a Ravens fan, you find yourself actually rooting for the Cincinnati. The Bengals travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans, who are coming off a win over the Ravens just a week ago, while the Jacksonville Jaguars continued their dominance over the AFC North by beating the Bengals 23-7.
Despite the loss, Cincinnati is 3-3 since making a change at offensive coordinator from Ken Zampese to Bill Lazor. The Bengals just placed running back Jeremy Hill on injured reserve, which means we should be seeing more of rookie running back Joe Mixon. The problem for the Bengals is that Tennessee has a good defensive line, and safety Kevin Byard has emerged with 6 interceptions this season.
This game should be a physical matchup, while the Bengals sit at 3-5 and a win putting them even with the Ravens. It is worth noting, Baltimore beat the Bengals in week one. This one is about the wild-card, and last weeks loss to Tennessee was a tough blow to the Ravens playoff chances. Baltimore must do their part when they return to the field after the bye week, but the Bengals pulling off an upset in Tennessee is a nice way to start.