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AFC North Week 12 Wrapup

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The AFC North is a tricky beast. No prediction has been safe within the division the last few years.  Point spreads mean little.  Performances are uneven and impossible to quantify in a larger team context.  Underdogs routinely ruin Sundays, often late in games and in agonizing fashion. But we’ll discuss the Ravens more in a…

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AFC North Week 11 Wrapup

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While much of the planet will be consumed with the World Cup this week, American football still has a few things to say. Although it appears, for AFC North purposes, the Steelers and Browns have little to say after the weekend’s humbling losses.  The Steelers and their fans are looking for silver linings like future…

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AFC North Week 10 Wrapup

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The AFC North’s top two teams had the weekend off.  Given the nail-biting, wholly-entertaining games that happened around the NFL, perhaps they should do so more often. Here’s what happened in our beloved division’s less-exciting installments.  Enjoy. Browns 17, Dolphins 39 The Browns managed to disappoint themselves and their fans in returning from their bye…

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AFC North Week 9 Wrapup

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With two of the four AFC North teams enjoying a well-earned bye week, Week 9 divisional action was limited. This piece, as always, will be too.   Panthers 21, Bengals 42 The Bengals’ much-maligned running game found its proverbial footing against the clearly-overmatched Panthers Sunday, as the team totaled 241 rushing yards and 5 TDs,…

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AFC North Week 8 Wrapup

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The AFC North landscape may have shifted a little this week. The 2022 NFL trade deadline struck at 4:00 pm yesterday, with the Steelers and Ravens both having engaged in the busier-than-usual market.  The Ravens acquired a much-needed (if ultimately expensive) MLB in Roquan Smith from the Bears, while the Steelers bolstered their draft stock…

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AFC North Week 7 Wrapup

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Nearing the halfway point of this season, it’s becoming apparent who the “haves” are in the AFC North. Two games separate the top two teams, at 4-3, from the bottom two at 2-5.  While a 57% winning percentage may not be an indicator of greatness, it’ll have to do, as much more carnage will ensue…

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AFC North Week 6 Wrapup

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Congratulations to all the teams in the AFC North!  You’re officially all average or worse, as the AFC North is the only division in the AFC without a winning record in it. Rather than tick through the assorted mediocrities and grasping statistics, I’ll just distill it into one sentence: Do better, y’all.   Patriots 38, Browns…

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AFC North Week 5 Wrapup

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The AFC North plot, such as it is, sort of thickens. Well, not really. This is about where most of us that follow this division faithfully probably expected we’d be.  A majority figured the Bengals and Ravens would be battling for divisional supremacy, while the QB-limbo’d Browns and the youthful, inexperienced Steelers (at least on…

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AFC North Week 4 Wrapup

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What a mess. I’m ditching my day job for the week, and I thought I’d settle in Sunday with beer and burgers to watch the Ravens compete with and possibly beat the Bills.  Four days later, it seems no amount of alcohol or sustenance can erase the scenes of fourth-quarter defensive ineptitude most of the…

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AFC North Week 3 Wrapup

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With a mixed bag in the AFC North this week, we’re starting to see some themes emerging.  Each winning team leaned on a few trademark items to get the proverbial job done, while this week’s lone losing team attempted to do the same, to little effect. Here’s the details, such as they are.   Steelers…

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