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AFC North Preview: Week 4

Kansas City Chiefs v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Steelers Week 4 game against the Titans has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak among Tennessee players and staff, so they will not be included in this week’s AFC North preview.


Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

The Ravens enter Week 4 looking to rebound from their first loss of the season to the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Baltimore will travel to Washington for their next matchup.

The biggest concern for the Ravens is dealing with Washington’s pass rush. Although second-overall pick Chase Young has been declared out for Sunday’s game, Montez Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan, and Jonathan Allen are still enough to give Baltimore’s offensive line a tough day, especially if left tackle Ronnie Stanley is unable to play. D.J. Fluker will most likely fill in for Stanley if he is inactive.

After being embarrassed by Patrick Mahomes, the defense of the Ravens will look to feast on second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who is coming off of a four-turnover performance last week.

Stanley, Jimmy Smith, Anthony Levine Sr., Chris Moore, Justin Madubuike, L.J. Fort, and Derek Wolfe are all listed as questionable for Sunday.

Cleveland Browns (2-1)

After two straight wins, the Browns look to prove that they belong in the race for the AFC North as they take on the Cowboys.

Dallas’ passing attack presents a major challenge for Cleveland’s secondary. The Browns remain without their second-best cornerback in Greedy Williams, which is troubling against an offense with three dangerous receivers.

Offensively, Cleveland has the weapons on paper to keep pace in a shootout, but whether or not quarterback Baker Mayfield is up for the test is unknown. The Browns could decide to continue to lean on the rushing attack with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt and try to keep the Cowboys offense off of the field instead.

Hunt, Joel Bitonio, Denzel Ward, Olivier Vernon, Jacob Phillips, and Nick Harris are all listed as questionable while Williams, Adrian Clayborn, and Tae Davis have all been ruled out.

Cincinnati Bengals (0-2-1)

The Bengals came close to their first win of the season last week as they took the Eagles to overtime, ultimately ending in a tie. They now face off against the Jaguars.

Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has given Cincinnati a ray of hope for the first time in years, despite abysmal offensive line play. Keeping their franchise signal-caller upright should remain the top priority for the Bengals in 2020.

Cincinnati has quietly been one of the better defenses against the pass so far, with safety Jessie Bates III leading the way in the secondary. The defense remains without two of its top defensive linemen, however. Geno Atkins, Mike Daniels, and Logan Wilson have been ruled out for Sunday while Mackensie Alexander is listed as doubtful.