If you're having a bad day at work today, just remember it's probably not as bad as being a replacement official. After watching how they messed up the Monday night game, you can only imagine the pressure on the crew officiating Thursday night's game between the Browns and Ravens. Thankfully, we never screw up the wake-up call ...
BENGALS: The supporting cast around wide receiver A.J. Green has turned out to be stronger than expected. This is the first time the Bengals have had four receivers with 50-plus yards in consecutive games within one season, according to Elias Sports Bureau. “They’re deep and reliable, which is what I like about them. They all can do a lot of different things and come together,” offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s good to get everyone involved and that’s the nature of this offense. You have four possible targets on every play. If everyone on their routes does what they’re supposed to, the coverage will dictate that (who to throw to).”
BROWNS: In the first three games, Brandon Weeden is 0-for-9 with three interceptions on deep throws down the right sideline, according to The Plain Dealer. The rookie quarterback has continually missed his targets there, whether it's over or underthrowing them. "When you get opportunities to throw the ball down field you have to hit on them," coach Pat Shurmur said. "It's a combination of things between the quarterback and the receivers. I would say it's safe to say we are taking more of those shots this year than we did last year. Now, we have to hit on them. You only get couple of them a game, the ones you get you got to hit on."
RAVENS: Head coach John Harbaugh is among the coaches being reviewed by the league after an incident with a replacement referee, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Harbaugh acknowledged that he bumped into an official while attempting to call a timeout in the fourth quarter Sunday night. “I really can’t touch on it,” Harbaugh said after Monday’s walkthrough. “I think there [are] a lot of good officials in these crews. It’s just going to be hard for those guys to all be on the same page with the history of the National Football League and all that in a few weeks, but there [are] a lot of very talented officials that do a great job and they’re really great communicators and everything. I think there’s a lot of talent there, but the task is tough and they are working real hard at it.”
STEELERS: Pittsburgh will use the bye week to fix the problems that has led to a 1-2 start. One area of concern is the Steelers' play after halftime. In two losses, Pittsburgh has been outscored 44-23 in the second half, including 13-0 in the fourth quarter in Oakland. “We’ve got to close out,” Mike Wallace told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “If we want to be a playoff, Super Bowl-caliber team, we’ve got to be able to close out games."