Under Further Review: AFC North edition

December, 19, 2011
12/19/11
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With the travel in covering back-to-back night games, Under Further Review will be combined for all teams today:

BENGALS

Thumbs up: The Bengals' run defense stopped a streak of five straight games of allowing more than 100 yards when it limited St. Louis to 95 yards on 24 carries. Cincinnati is 7-1 when keeping teams under 100 yards rushing.

Thumbs down: The Bengals committed a season-high 11 penalties, seven of which were on offense. There were four false starts (tight end Jermaine Gresham jumped three times), holding penalties by two backups starting on the right side (guard Mike McGlynn and tackle Anthony Collins) and a hands-to-the-face flag on McGlynn.

Overheard: “The only thing we can control is us. That is all we have to keep worrying about now. It is good to win and it keeps us going and doing what we need to do; the other things will take care of themselves. We can’t control that.” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on his team’s playoff outlook.

BROWNS

Thumbs up: Greg Little's up-and-down rookie season is back on the rise. He caught five passes for a career-best 131 yards, including his second touchdown of the season. His 76-yard touchdown catch was the longest offensive play for the Browns since Braylon Edwards' 78-yarder from Derek Anderson on Sept. 30, 2007.

Thumbs down: The offensive shutdown after Little's touchdown. The Browns netted 52 yards and two first downs after three quarters, which is a major reason why the Cardinals had a chance to rally from 10 points down in the fourth quarter. It marked the 12th time in 14 games this season that Cleveland failed to score more than 17 points.

Overheard: “It’s too early to tell. That decision is made when you’ve got both guys healthy.” Browns coach Pat Shurmur on whether Seneca Wallace will start against the Ravens regardless of Colt McCoy's health status.

RAVENS

Thumbs up: Those who used to be in the Ravens' doghouse -- San Diego's Antwan Barnes and offensive tackle Jared Gaither. Yes, this is a stretch but no one currently on the Ravens really deserves any accolades after that dismal performance against the Chargers. Barnes had a career-high four sacks against his former team, and Gaither played a big part in not allowing a sack to Baltimore.

Thumbs down: Decision to suit up Ray Lewis. The Ravens linebacker said his toe was 95 percent after the game but you could tell he wasn't the same on the field. Lewis seemed a step slow and missed tackles that normally are routine. The Ravens either need to limit his snaps the rest of the way or think about sitting him until the toe is actually better (but time is running out).

Overheard: “I’ve been beaten before. It happens. It’s football. These guys do get paid. I’m out there facing Pro Bowlers, and that stuff’s going to happen.” Rookie first-round pick Jimmy Smith on repeatedly getting picked on by the Chargers.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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