Saturday, December 3, 2011
AFC North matchups to watch
By Jamison Hensley
Here are some other matchups to watch in Sunday's AFC North games:
BENGALS AT STEELERS
RAVENS AT BROWNS
- Bengals WR Andre Caldwell vs. Steelers CB William Gay: In the last meeting, Gay was the defensive star, with a hand in Andy Dalton's two interceptions — including picking off the rookie late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Caldwell didn't step up when A.J. Green went down with a knee injury, producing 25 yards on three catches against Pittsburgh.
- Bengals DT Geno Atkins vs. Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey: Atkins has 6.5 sacks, which leads the Bengals and ranks second in the NFL among defensive tackles. Pouncey lost 12 pounds from a violent stomach virus last week and is listed as probable.
- Browns LB Titus Brown vs. Ravens RB Ray Rice: Brown could have to start at weakside linebacker after Scott Fujita went on injured reserve. Rice, who leads the Ravens with 772 yards rushing, could challenge Brown, who has one tackle in seven games played.
- Ravens WR Anquan Boldin vs. Browns CB Joe Haden: Boldin was a problem for the Browns last season, scoring three touchdowns in two meetings against Cleveland. He also had 10 catches for 157 yards. Haden has broken up 16 passes this season, which ranks second in the NFL.