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AFC North Preview: Week 12

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Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0)

The Steelers remain the only undefeated team in the league after a 27-3 win over the Jaguars. Unfortunately, their game against the Ravens on Thanksgiving was delayed because of a COVID outbreak for Baltimore. The game is currently scheduled for Tuesday night, but with positive cases now coming out from both teams, it’s unclear if it will be played at all this week.

if the game is played on Tuesday after all, then Pittsburgh will face QB Robert Griffin III instead of the reigning MVP Lamar Jackson. The Steelers will be without several players of their own due to COVID, however, including DE Stephon Tuitt, DT Isaiah Buggs, RB James Conner, and OT Jerald Hawkins.

CB Joe Haden is questionable for Tuesday and RB Jaylen Samuels has been ruled out with an injury.

Baltimore Ravens (6-4)

After two straight losses to AFC opponents, the Ravens experienced the worst COVID outbreak any NFL team has season thus far, with over 20 players landing on the reserve/COVID list this past week. The players on the list include the following:

Offense: QB Lamar Jackson, QB Trace McSorley, RB Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins, FB Patrick Ricard, OL Matt Skura, OL Patrick Mekari, OL D.J. Fluker, OL Will Holden, and TE Mark Andrews.

Defense/Special Teams: OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Jaylon Ferguson, OLB Matthew Judon, DE Jihad Ward, DL Calais Campbell, DL Brandon Williams, DL Justin Madubuike, DL Broderick Washington Jr., LS Morgan Cox, CB Iman Marshall, CB Tavon Young, and CB Khalil Dorsey.

Marshall, Young, and Dorsey were already out for the season, and several of the players mentioned have only been listed as close contacts to someone who tested positive, meaning they could potentially play this week.

Baltimore upset Pittsburgh in Week 17 of last season with Robert Griffin III starting at quarterback, but the Steelers were also without QB Ben Roethlisberger. The game plan will likely revolve heavily around RB Gus Edwards. Edwards rushed for 130 yards on 21 carries in Week 17 last year.

DE Derek Wolfe and CB Jimmy Smith are listed as questionable for Tuesday.

Cleveland Browns (7-3)

The Browns have won two games in a row to keep their spot in the playoffs alive and well, even taking second place in the division after the Ravens fell to 6-4 last Sunday. Cleveland will look to reach eight wins this week against the 1-9 Jaguars.

The Browns haven’t had a winning record since 2007, which was also the last time they finished with a record over .500. A win on Sunday would ensure a .500 record for this season, leaving them needing only one more win to finish with a positive record for the first time in over a decade.

CB Denzel Ward and S Sheldrick Redwine have been ruled out for Sunday’s game while S Andrew Sendejo, C Nick Harris, and G Wyatt Teller are all listed as questionable.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1)

The Bengals suffered a devastating blow last week as rookie QB Joe Burrow suffered a torn ACL and MCL in a loss to Washington. Burrow, the top pick in the draft, was one of the few bright spots of the season for Cincinnati.

Brandon Allen will replace Burrow at QB for the Bengals on Sunday as they take on the Giants at home. Allen has started three games in his career, all coming for the Broncos in 2019. With the season completely lost, Cincinnati can only hope to gauge the young talent on their roster for the remainder of the 2020 season.

WR Mike Thomas is listed as doubtful for Sunday while CB Mackensie Alexander, LB Markus Bailey, and RB Giovani Bernard are all questionable to play.