Wake-up: Phil Dawson's final home game?

December, 14, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA -- They say a win is a win. Obviously, they didn't witness the Bengals' 34-13 victory over the Eagles. The Bengals won because the Eagles wouldn't let them lose. Philadelphia turned the ball over five times, including four in a span of five minutes. Here's my column off the game. Let's hope Sunday's games are better. The AFC North deserves better than the past week. Here's your wake-up call ...

RAVENS: The Ravens could be getting both of their star linebackers back for Sunday. Ray Lewis (triceps) was back on the practice field Thursday, and Terrell Suggs (biceps) considers himself a game-time decision. Suggs, who said Thursday that he’s “feeling a little bit better” after a week of rest, had full participation in Thursday's practice. “There are a lot of side factors when you’re playing in a football game,” Suggs told The Baltimore Sun when asked how his arm has held up in practice. “Like I said, come Sunday, we’ll just have to see.”

STEELERS: A year after forcing the fewest turnovers in their modern history, the Steelers need two interceptions over their next three games to avoid going down in history as the worst team in the 80 years of the franchise at picking off passes, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh currently has an AFC-low seven interceptions. The Steelers' defense is also on pace to finish with fewer than last season's 35-sack total, its lowest in 21 years.

BENGALS: The Bengals mostly won because the Eagles aren’t very good. The Bengals aren’t either, at least not by the standards they’ve set for themselves, writes the Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Daugherty. "It is a win that will not earn any style points, but the overriding factor this morning is that Cincinnati finds itself 8-6 with wins in four of their last five and very much in the playoff picture," Daugherty wrote. "At worst, they will be tied with Pittsburgh going into the Dec. 23 game at Heinz Field. At best, they could be one game up if the Steelers lose at Dallas on Sunday."

BROWNS: Kicker Phil Dawson will walk off the field of Cleveland Browns Stadium for the third straight season not knowing whether it will be his last in a Browns uniform. "I'm not quite sure how it's going to feel. I will spend some time thinking about it and reflecting," Dawson told The Plain Dealer. "And I feel like I've had a chance since 2010 to express my love and appreciation for this place, so I don't think it's going to be a teary-eyed deal. I think people know how I feel about this place this time, so I'm going to go down there Sunday with a very business-like attitude and try to help my team win a game." Dawson is the only player remaining from the Browns' 1999 expansion team.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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