AFC North links: Weeden's rough start

September, 10, 2012
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Baltimore Ravens

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Cincinnati Bengals

The Ravens will be the first team to get a look at the Bengals' re-tooled secondary.

Joe Reedy of Cincinnati.com: "For the third time in [Marvin] Lewis’ tenure, the Bengals go into a season with a chance to make back-to-back postseason trips for only the second time in the franchise’s 45-year history. After being on the verge of a breakthrough two previous times, a pensive fan base wonders if this is the season they establish consistency as a contender."

Cleveland Browns

Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer: "Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden emerged from his NFL debut with a quarterback rating that looked a whole lot more like his earned-run average from his old minor-league pitching days."

Bud Shaw of The Plain Dealer: "Call for Colt McCoy if you want. The Browns made that possible when they kept him instead of Seneca Wallace as the backup. Just know it's a big leap from saying Weeden looked terrible Sunday to thinking McCoy is the fix. Weeden is here because McCoy left the door open on the field and in the minds of a quarterback-savvy coaching staff."

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "A guy turns 75 just one time in his life. You would think the Steelers defense could have done a better job to make it a happy birthday Sunday night for defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. It was sliced and diced by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and failed to protect two second-half leads in a 31-19 loss."

Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "The impression left all through the Steelers’ training camp and preseason was that Todd Haley’s playbook -- the No. 1 issue then, now and probably for weeks to come -- would lean toward power running, would limit Ben Roethlisberger’s punishment and would still leave room for Ben to be Ben. And now that they’ve finally peeled open the first chapter? Check, check and CHECK."

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