carted off with knee injury” (C-T) - “He remained on the ground for a few minutes as the medical staff checked on him and teammates kneeled around him. He was eventually driven inside the team facility on a cart.”“Browns continue to downplay league involvement in Josh Gordon’s status” (PFT) - “It’s also unclear whether and to what extent the league has a hand in Gordon’s ability to practice and play...”“Baker Mayfield shows off fancy footwork for Browns” (NFL.com) - “Baker Mayfield’s box score might not impress Browns fans [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-larry-ogunjobi-jersey]http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-larry-ogunjobi-jersey[/url] , but the rookie flashed plenty of potential in Friday night’s 19-17 loss to the Bills.”“Corey Coleman scoffs at Hard Knocks’ portrayal: ‘They should’ve showed the whole thing’” (Plain Dealer) - “It then cut to him being called into Hue Jackson’s office after he was demoted to second-team behind Antonio Callaway the day before the trade.”“Bills say Jarvis Landry’s block was ‘dirty,’ should have been penalized” (ESPN) - “Meanwhile, Johnson put blame on himself for not being aggressive enough on the 4-yard touchdown run by Cleveland running back Carlos Hyde in the first quarter.”NFL:“Redskins hosting Adrian Peterson, Darkwa, Charles” (NFL.com) - “Among the running backs set to visit the Redskins are Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported...”“Richard Sherman explains why ‘idiotic’ helmet rule goes against tackling fundamentals” (CBS) - “And his opinion meshes nicely with that of the general public, the media and most players: the rule stinks and it doesn’t make sense.”“Bears QB Trubisky getting on same page with Robinson, Burton” (AP) - “Throughout camp, the trio has steadily honed their chemistry. That was evident Thursday when the team had a joint practice against the Denver Broncos.” Two teams in the AFC North won their Week 1 matchups and two others... did not. And while the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers did not lose when they met up on Sunday, the 21-21 tie helps neither when trying to earn control of the division. With the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens both coming up victorious, and the two slated to play each other on Thursday night, one team will (likely be, given what happened in Cleveland last week) 2-0 and firmly in first place in the AFCN.It’s just Week 2 and the AFC North is at a critical point. Here’s what the Steelers, Bengals and Ravens are up to ahead of their respective matchups.Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens made the most of their home-field advantage and the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Nathan Peterman and coasted to a 47-3 win in Week 1. Week 2 doesn’t look to be as easy [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jarvis-landry-jersey]Jarvis Landry Jersey[/url] , though, with Baltimore on the road against a Bengals team that was sharp in its defeat of the Indianapolis Colts. Baltimore Beatdown’s Jacob Loque agrees, calling the Bengals the Ravens’ “first real test” of the season, pointing particularly to Cincinnati’s multifaceted offense as the biggest source of trouble. Kyle P. Barber spoke with Patrick Judis of Cincy Jungle ahead of the two teams’ meeting.Logan Levy, meanwhile, has the injury updates for Baltimore. First, the Ravens placed running back Kenneth Dixon on injured reserve and promoted running back De’Lance Turner from the practice squad. As for Thursday night, Levy reports that Dixon, cornerback Maurice Canaday, defensive tackle Willie Henry and tight end Hayden Hurst have already been ruled out.Cincinnati Bengals: Cincy Jungle’s John Sheeran wonders if the Ravens defense might ultimately have the Bengals’ number this year because of a not-so-secret weapon: Quarterbacks coach James Urban. Urban spent the previous seven seasons as the Bengals’ receivers coach, working one-on-one with wideout A.J. Green for the entirety of his career, until now. Urban’s knowledge of the Bengals’ offense in general and Green’s tendencies in particular could add another level of chess-matchery to Thursday night’s game.There’s also another problem in Cincinnati—the right tackle. Bobby Hart was a glaring weakness against the Colts, and Matt Minich found six free agent tackles that he estimates “couldn’t be worse” than Hart. Hart, a former New York Giant, won the starting right tackle job over the summer [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-nick-chubb-jersey]Authentic Nick Chubb Jersey[/url] , beating out Bengals draft picks Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher. Hart gave up five pressures on Sunday and ended with a Pro Football Focus grade of a dismal 37.4Pittsburgh Steelers: It wasn’t Pittsburgh’s defense that caused the Steelers to struggle with and ultimately tie with the Browns in Week 1. The unit had a combined seven sacks, 13 tackles for loss, 10 passes defensed and 11 quarterback hits. The performance led to Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, having ended the day with 10 total tackles (4.5 for a loss) and 3.5 sacks.It was originally four sacks. But, as Behind the Steel Curtain’s Jeff Hartman noted, the half-sack was taken away and given to defensive tackle Javon Hargrave. Still, it appears that Pittsburgh’s 2017 Round 1 draft pick is beginning to show why the Steelers targeted him as their latest, greatest pass-rusher.While Ben Roethlisberger’s numerous turnovers are a major reason why the Steelers and Browns tied (and why the Steelers should have been blown out), Hartman also points blame on head coach Mike Tomlin. It’s not for the typical reasons, though, like lack of preparation or discipline, but rather his willingness to ignore and at times even amplify the level of off-field drama surrounding the team. Hartman writes, “when it comes to things you can control—like how the team is constantly engulfed in drama—there’s some room for criticism” of Tomlin.
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