Saturday, November 26, 2011
AFC North matchups to watch
By Jamison Hensley
BROWNS AT BENGALS
Bengals DT Geno Atkins vs. Browns LG Jason Pinkston: Atkins is one of the best defensive tackles that most people outside this division don't know about. He is tied for the AFC lead in sacks by a defensive tackle with 5.5. Pinkston, a rookie fifth-round pick, has yet to give up a sack this season (and no holding penalties) and is regarded as one of the Browns more consistent pass protectors.
Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham vs. Browns SS Usama Young: Gresham is one of the emerging young tight ends in the league. He is averaging four catches per game. Young should expect plenty of passes thrown his way after he got picked on by Jacksonville. Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis caught seven passes for 64 yards against the Browns last Sunday.
STEELERS AT CHIEFS
Steelers coverage team vs. Chiefs punt returner Javier Arenas: Arenas ranks fourth in the NFL with a 14.4-yard average. Of the NFL's top five punt returners, Arenas is the only one who hasn't scored a touchdown this season. The Steelers have the sixth-best punt coverage team, allowing an average of 6.8 yards. Pittsburgh hasn't allowed a punt return more than 20 yards this season.