Wednesday, October 10, 2012
AFC North defenses still struggling
By Jamison Hensley
Five weeks into the regular season, the defenses in the AFC North are still nowhere close to what they were last season. In 2011, every defense in the division ranked in the top 10. This season, three (Bengals, Ravens and Browns) rank in the bottom half of the NFL rankings.
The Steelers, who finished as the league's top-ranked defense a year ago, remain the best in the AFC North. They're ranked No. 5 this season. The Ravens' defense is more of a bend-but-don't-break one this year. Baltimore is 24th in yards allowed but seventh in points given up.
A look at how the AFC North ranks in the NFL's major statistical categories:
OFFENSE: Overall (15th), run (15th), pass (10th) and scoring (11th).
DEFENSE: Overall (18th), run (19th), pass (16h) and scoring (21st).
OFFENSE: Overall (24th), run (27th), pass (14th) and scoring (21st).
DEFENSE: Overall (28th), run (26th), pass (26th) and scoring (25th).
OFFENSE: Overall (8th), run (13th), pass (8th) and scoring (10th).
DEFENSE: Overall (24th), run (20th), pass (22nd) and scoring (7th).
OFFENSE: Overall (18th), run (26th), pass (11th) and scoring (16th).
DEFENSE: Overall (5th), run (11th), pass (3rd) and scoring (16th).