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AFC North Foes All 1-1 After Week 2 Action

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After Week 1, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals rested atop the AFC North standings at 1-0, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns looking up at 0-1. One short week later and things are all knotted up in the North, as all four squads find themselves at 1-1 through 2 weeks. Let's take a quick look at how each team fared on Sunday before returning our attention squarely on the Steelers' 24-0 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Week 2 Result: 24-0 W over Seattle
  • How they did it: Pittsburgh outgained Seattle by a huge margin - 421 to 164, possessed the football for over 17 minutes more than did Seattle, and a week after turning the ball over seven times, did not give the ball away once to Seattle.
  • Record:  1-1
  • Next Week: @ Indianapolis

Baltimore Ravens

  • Week 2 Result: 13-26 L at Tennessee
  • How they did it: A week after looking dominant against the rival Steelers, Baltimore came out flat on the road in Nashville. Baltimore gave up 358 yards through the air to Matt Hasselbeck, yikes, while only accumulating 229 yards of total offense themselves. Flacco was picked off twice, sacked three times, and completed less than 50 percent of his throws.
  • Record:  1-1
  • Next Week: @ St. Louis

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Week 2 Result: 22-24 L at Denver
  • How they did it: Cincinnati's rookie ginger quarterback, Andy Dalton, threw for 329 yards and 2 TDs in his first full game as the Bengals' starter (he was injured during the Week 1 win), and the Bengals offense didn't turn the ball over once. Yet, somehow, someway, like only they can do, Cincinnati failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity to win an early-season road game. Hard to win football games when you are 1-of-11 on third down. Two of four trips inside the red zone only yielded field goals as well. Marvin Lewis is going to be shaking his head all week that his squad wasn't able to leave Denver with a win after battling back in the second half and having the game well within their grasp.
  • Record: 1-1
  • Next Week: vs. San Francisco

Cleveland Browns

  • Week 2 Result: 27-19 W at Indianapolis
  • How they did it: Sure, beating a Peyton Manning-less Colts squad doesn't appear to be too big of an accomplishment, but these are the types of wins the young Browns need to get accustomed to securing, especially on the road where a mistake or two can undo a solid day's work. The Browns held the ball for nearly 10 minutes more than the Colts thanks to a fine afternoon by Colt McCoy on third down (8-of-16 conversions). A nice day of punting by Brad Maynard backed up Kerry Collins all day, and the veteran just couldn't sustain enough drives to get the job done. 
  • Record: 1-1
  • Next Week: vs. Miami