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AFC North Preview: Week 10

NFL: NOV 08 Ravens at Colts Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Baltimore Ravens (6-2)

The Ravens are coming off a convincing 24-10 win over the Colts. The defense may have stolen the show with a suffocating performance without All-Pro CB Marlon Humphrey and All-Pro DE Calais Campbell, Baltimore’s offense remains the talk of the town, especially after an encouraging second half resurgence against Indianapolis.

While Humphrey will return this week, the Ravens will still be without Campbell for the foreseeable future. CB Jimmy Smith is in danger of missing Sunday’s game as well, which means recently signed veteran Tramon Williams could see a decent amount of playing time.

Baltimore’s offense has an opportunity to silence some criticism against New England. The team will be looking to replicate the success they had in the second half when QB Lamar Jackson completed all 10 passes and led the offense on several efficient drives down the field.

Campbell has been ruled out for Sunday night while Smith is listed as doubtful. RB Mark Ingram is listed as questionable and could make his return. OLB Matthew Judon and ILB L.J. Fort as also questionable.

Cleveland Browns (5-3)

The Browns return from a week off to face the Texans as they look to remain alive in the AFC playoff hunt.

Cleveland’s offense will be looking to bounce back after only scoring six points in a loss to the Raiders. This week presents a good opportunity, as Houston’s defense has allowed 415.8 yards per game this season, the third most in the NFL.

Despite a record of 2-6 this season, QB Deshaun Watson has played better than ever before and should give the Browns a tough challenge. DE Myles Garrett vs. LT Laremy Tunsil is a matchup to watch of the two of league’s best at their positions.

LB Jacob Phillips is listed as questionable and is the only player on the injury report for Sunday’s game.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-5-1)

The Bengals are also returning from a week off after upsetting the Titans. Cincinnati will now travel to Pittsburgh to face the undefeated Steelers.

Rookie QB Joe Burrow will face one of his toughest tests yet against Pittsburgh’s defense. Burrow has looked every bit the part of a franchise QB so far, despite playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the entire league. The elite defensive line of the Steelers presents a matchup nightmare for the Bengals.

DT Geno Atkins, WR John Ross, CB Darius Phillips, CB LeShaun Sims, and OT Bobby Hart have been declared out. OT Jonah Williams is questionable to play and RB Joe Mixon is doubtful.

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0)

The Steelers received quite the scare last week against the Cowboys when QB Ben Roethlisberger appeared to seriously injure his knee. Thankfully, Roethlisberger returned in the second half to lead his team to a narrow victory to remain undefeated.

Roethlisberger missed practice this week after being placed on the Reserve/COVID list along with ILB Vince Williams, RB Jaylen Samuels, and OL Jerald Hawkins. All four players have since been activated from the list and Roethlisberger is expected to play on Sunday. TE Vance McDonald will remain on the list and will miss this week’s game.

DE Isaiah Buggs, G Kevin Dotson, CB Mike Hilton, and RB Anthony McFarland Jr. are all listed as questionable on the injury report.