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It's not good to overreact to the preseason. But there were some concerning things we saw during the 2011 debuts in the AFC North.
The division went 1-3 and had several lackluster performances. The Cleveland Browns were the only team to pick up a victory, against the defending champion Green Bay Packers. So we want to know which of the three AFC North losing teams concerned you the most in Week 1 of the preseason.
Was it the Cincinnati Bengals? They lost 34-3 against the Detroit Lions and were pounded on offense, defense and special teams. Besides tailback Cedric Benson (six carries for 37 yards), there wasn't much to get excited about. The Bengals fumbled a kickoff, threw two interceptions and botched a field goal.
The Steelers didn't look great, either. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin admitted the Washington Redskins outplayed the Steelers in just about every phase in a 16-7 loss. No. 1 corner Ike Taylor also suffered a broken thumb and is expected to miss the rest of the preseason.
Finally, what about the Baltimore Ravens? Pass protection continues to be a huge issue. Baltimore gave up six sacks in a 13-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Is this reason to worry about the Ravens?
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on which preseason performance was most concerning in the AFC North. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.
It's not good to overreact to the preseason. But there were some concerning things we saw during the 2011 debuts in the AFC North.The division went 1-3 and had several lackluster performances.