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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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AFC North Week 2 Wrapup

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Safe to say the shine is off the AFC North, at least for the moment. Our beloved division and teams fell on their collective keys last Sunday, as all four teams lost, with three of those in particularly humiliating fashion.  The cliché says one game does not a season make, so rushing to final judgements…

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AFC North Week 1 Wrapup

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Well.  That was good, and necessary. Here’s hoping you enjoyed the weekend’s slate of NFL games.  Our beloved AFC North went 3-1 overall, with two dramatic finishes, some horrible luck, some great luck, and an overall sense of satisfaction that our favorite game and teams are finally back in meaningful action. Quick recaps and thoughts:…

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A Half-Assed 2022 AFC North Preview

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So the NFL’s 2022 participants have been decided after each team has completed their annual post-camp bloodletting.  As usual, some tenured veterans and familiar names were released Tuesday along with the expected slew of rookies, drafted or otherwise, with several from columns A and B landing on various practice squads.  While there’s still plenty of…

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