The bye week allowed the Baltimore Ravens some time to rest and recuperate before their upcoming matchup against the New England Patriots. The bye week also grew the fans’ confidence levels as we witnessed a five-percent increase, from 92- to 97-percent. This is tied for the highest confidence, with Weeks 1, 2, and 3. Maybe defeating the Patriots will bring the rumored 100%?
As for the rest of the AFC North, let’s go in order from highest to lowest in confidence level, beginning with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
After going down 14-0 in the first quarter to the Miami Dolphins, the Steelers climbed back and won 27-14. The fans of the Steel City are rather skeptical still, and as such, gain only eight points in their FanPulse. They are sitting tight at 49%.
It only took Bill Belichick’s Patriots one quarter to outscore the Cleveland Browns last week, hanging 17 points within the first 15 minutes. In the end, they cruised to a 27-13 victory and the Browns’ confidence falters yet again, dropping from 58% to 35%. With a tough first-half of their schedule done, they may begin to rise with a few wins, including a cupcake Broncos team without QB Joe Flacco.
The Bengals didn’t spark fear into many hearts this year, save maybe Ravens fans, due to A.J. Green and Andy Dalton always finding a way to crush their spirits in the fourth quarter. Now, they’re at the bottom of the barrel and Dalton isn’t starting for them this week.
But it will take more than a change at quarterback and a bye week to get their confidence back into double digits, as they stand at nine-percent confidence this week.