Strong wind and heavy rains continue to hit AFC North headquarters as a result of superstorm Sandy. This has been a weather wake-up call. As far as the football wake-up call, here it is ...
RAVENS: There were only five players listed on the injury report for the Baltimore Ravens' last game. There's going to be more names on that report this week. After the Ravens received a $20,000 fine by the league for not disclosing Ed Reed's injury, coach John Harbaugh said the team will list every injury going forward to follow the strictest interpretation of the rule book. "We thought we were in compliance, we tried to follow the rules," Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. "I'll list pretty much everybody now. Obviously, they corrected it and we'll do what they want us to do. I was surprised by it. It's something we felt like we were doing it the right way. Obviously, they disagreed and we'll adjust. There's not going to be anybody who's not going to be on there."
STEELERS: The players aren't pleased with the Pittsburgh Steelers defense despite a top-10 ranking overall (No. 2), against the run (No. 8 ) and against the pass (No. 2). "We're getting back to where we can play better than we have been. I don't think we're dominant yet," linebacker James Harrison told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We still have a lot of room to go to improve I think it's just time, getting out there and putting together 60 minutes and putting together a better 60 minutes than you did previously." The Steelers haven't been dominant. Pittsburgh has 12 sacks in seven games and has forced seven turnovers, which is tied for second-worst in the AFC.
BENGALS: A running back like Steven Jackson or DeAngelo Williams isn't going to get traded to the Bengals. There are no indications the Bengals are going to make a deal before Thursday, which is the new trade deadline after the league pushed it back because of the storm. "I don’t envision anything,” head coach Marvin Lewis said of the trade prospects, via the team's official website. The Bengals haven't gotten much out of their running game this year. BenJarvus Green-Ellis ranks 23rd in rushing yards per game and 38th with a 3.4-yard average. Statistically speaking, Williams isn't much of an upgrade. He also is averaging 3.4 yards per carry.
BROWNS: The Browns made a switch at fullback Sunday, going with Alex Smith over Owen Marecic, and this move could be permanent. Smith, a tight end, played 23 snaps at fullback and opened up some holes for Trent Richardson on his 26-yard touchdown run. Richardson finished with a career-high 122 yards. "I wanted to get Alex back on the field," coach Pat Shurmur said, via The Plain Dealer. "I wanted to have a defined role for him, because I think he brings some energy to our team." Smith is considered the third-string tight end behind Ben Watson and Jordan Cameron. But the fullback position gives him more opportunities to make an impact.