Wednesday, September 12, 2012
AFC North links: Steelers too old and slow?
By ESPN.com staff
Joe Flacco and Dennis Pitta look to be a winning combination, writes The Baltimore Sun's Kevin Cowherd. Flacco "absolutely loves Pitta. Loves throwing to him, too. Flacco threw his way nine times against the Bengals and Pitta caught five passes for 73 yards (a career high) and a touchdown. ... Say what you want about team chemistry -- I happen to think it’s vastly overrated; good players can hate each other and still play great. But Flacco and Pitta definitely are on the same wave-length."
Thousands of family and friends turned out Tuesday for the funeral of former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell.
Flacco only helped himself with his performance against the Bengals Monday in his looming contract negotiations with the team, at least according to his coach, John Harbaugh. “Pay him whatever he asks for,” Harbaugh said. “Pay the man.”
The Ravens' wide receiver corps "took advantage of a re-tooled Cincinnati secondary that featured a starter returning from a season-ending injury, a new starting strong safety and a pair of new faces at cornerback," writes Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer previews the Bengals' Week 2 matchup with the Browns.
Head coach Pat Shurmur is confident rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden will bounce back from his disastrous first start against the Eagles. "He won't lose his confidence," Shurmur said. "I think it's important we go back, just like we do each week, work on the fundamentals of playing the position and get ready to play the next team. That's it."
Scott Fujita is back on the Browns' 53-man roster, reports Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. The Browns did not need to cut anyone because cornerback Joe Haden’s four-game suspension created a spot for Fujita. In other personnel moves, the Browns signed offensive lineman D.J. Young to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Jeff Shugarts from the practice squad.
James Harrison worked out Monday, according to the AP, meaning the linebacker could play this weekend against the Jets.
Running back Jonathan Dwyer could see his workload increase versus the Jets, writes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette. "I thought Jonathan Dwyer provided a spark play and represented himself well and will probably get an increased opportunity because of it," coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.
Are the Steelers getting too old and slow? The Pittsburgh Tribune Review's Dejan Kovacevic isn't buying it.