Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Wake-up: Bengals trying to avoid blackout
By Jamison Hensley
I wanted to pass along that I'll be covering the Eagles-Steelers game on Sunday. I thought if Troy Polamalu and James Harrison are going to play, I might as well show up, too. Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. It's Wednesday, which means the weekly column will be posted around 11 a.m. and the chat will begin at 2 p.m. Remember to follow me on Twitter and on Facebook. Now, it's time for your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: There's a portion of the Ravens fan base who remains upset with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who continues to lean heavily on the pass even though he has Ray Rice in the backfield. The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston defended Cameron. "If you look at Cameron’s body of work in Baltimore, especially in the post season, he has done well," Preston wrote. "If both he and (Joe) Flacco had some receivers who could catch they’d probably been in a Super Bowl by now and not taking so much criticism. With the Ravens defense this season, I support Cameron’s decision to keep attacking. Hopefully, he’ll be able to slow it down when needed."
BENGALS: The Bengals, who are tied with the Ravens atop the AFC North, have three days to sell out Sunday's game against the Dolphins. The Cincinnati Enquirer estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 tickets remain unsold. The Bengals had six of their eight home games blacked out last season. “It should be a great game for our fans coming up with the Dolphins," coach Marvin Lewis said. "Hopefully we’ll get everybody out here and fill the house again. It’s against a Miami team that’s got a great offensive line, talented skill guys, with Reggie Bush. They have a young quarterback that’s doing a good job for them, and they have a very, very stout defense.”
STEELERS: Pittsburgh hasn't faced Michael Vick in six years, but the Eagles quarterback has a solid track record against the Steelers. In two regular-season games (2002 and 2006), both when he was with Atlanta, Vick has thrown for 526 yards and five touchdowns in addition to rushing for 78 yards. “He has a skill set that is unique,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He’s extremely quick and fast. He can get out of tough spots. He’s got a quick release.”
BROWNS: Rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon is hoping to fill the void for an offense dealing with three injured wide receivers. “It’s a battle of attrition with a lot of guys in the league falling in and out, getting injured," Gordon told the Akron Beacon Journal. “Guys behind them like me, we definitely feel the pressure to step up, make big-time plays. When your number’s called, you definitely have to step up to the plate.” Gordon, who was selected in the second round of the supplemental draft, has yet to make an impact. He ranks sixth on the team in catches (seven) and receiving yards (93).