Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Poll: Biggest weakness in the division
By Jamison Hensley
With only one team with a losing record, the AFC North has positioned itself early to get three teams in the playoffs for a second straight season. But that doesn't mean everything has gone right in the division.
The Bengals are averaging 3.9 yards per carry, and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has more fumbles (three) than touchdowns (one) over the past three games. To make matters worse, backup running back Bernard Scott is out for the season.
The Browns are dealing with growing pains on offense with Brandon Weeden, who is tied for the NFL lead with nine interceptions. He's on pace to throw 29. The most a Browns quarterback has thrown since 1970 is 26 (Brian Sipe in 1979).
The usually strong Ravens defense has allowed three quarterbacks to throw for more than 300 yards and allowed 214 yards rushing Sunday. Baltimore's defense ranks 24th overall, giving up 379.8 yards per game.
And the Steelers lead the NFL with 9.2 penalties per game. Pittsburgh was flagged nine times for 106 yards Sunday. The Steelers have more penalty yards than rushing yards (346-331) this season.
So, which of these ranks as the biggest weakness in the AFC North? Record your vote in the poll and send me the reasoning behind your decision to my mailbag. Your comments could get posted on the blog Friday.