Hope everyone is having a better start to the day than their favorite AFC North teams. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is unhappy with his running game. The Ravens aren't pleased with the pass protection from their young starters. And the Bengals can't be thrilled about another injury. At least the winless Browns are making some improvement in their pass rush. As far as what to expect today, I will have my midweek column later this morning and the weekly poll this afternoon. Now, let's get started with the wake-up call ...
BENGALS: Another week, another major injury for the Bengals. The team placed backup defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson on injured reserve after he tore a quad tendon in Sunday's win over Cleveland. Cincinnati signed Wallace Gilberry, who was released by Tampa Bay on Friday. Gilberry had played from 2008 through 2011 with Kansas City. The Bengals would get a boost on the defensive line if Carlos Dunlap (knee) can return this week.
BROWNS: Cleveland is tied for second in the NFL with eight sacks, trailing only Green Bay's 11. Middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who had three sacks Sunday, told The Plain Dealer that the difference this year is the play of the defensive line. "We've got some depth this year," Jackson told the paper. "We have some young guys playing well and ... [defensive coordinator Dick Jauron] doesn't have to run a lot of pressures because we're getting a lot of great push from our four-man rush." Over the previous two seasons, Cleveland has never ranked higher than 23rd in sacks.
RAVENS: Two first-year starters on the offensive line struggled against the speed rush of the Eagles. According to the team's official website, rookie right tackle Kelechi Osemele allowed one quarterback hit and four quarterback hurries, while left guard Ramon Harewood gave up two quarterback hits and two hurries. "At times there were one-on-one matchups that got us a little bit in the second half, especially that were pretty good players rushing against some younger guys,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That is going to be part of the learning process for some of those guys.” The Ravens' next opponent, the Patriots, have three sacks in the first two games.
STEELERS: With backups Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer, the Steelers have 141 yards rushing in two games and a paltry 2.6 yards per carry, both ranked 30th in the NFL. "We haven't run the ball as well as we have liked," Tomlin said. "I'm not interested in assigning blame in that regard. I will take responsibility for it. The reality is we've got room for growth." According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers will step up Rashard Mendenhall's work in practice this week. He has been out all year after having ACL surgery in January.