AFC North: 2010 Week 10 Wrap-ups

Wrap-up: Jets 26, Browns 20

November, 14, 2010
Here are some thoughts on the New York Jets' 26-20 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns:

What it means: Cleveland played very competitive, but its season-best two-game winning streak comes to an end in heartbreaking fashion. Jets receiver Santonio Holmes took a slant route to the house for 37 yards on the final play. The Browns are playing tough. But Sunday's loss and a slow start to the season has put them at 3-6 overall and solidified the Browns' place as a spoiler for the rest of the year.

What I liked: Even in defeat, the Browns continue to prove they can play with anyone. Cleveland matched the Jets play for play for four quarters before coming up short late in overtime. The Browns' defense held the Jets to just three points in the third and fourth quarters. Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy also showed moxie by forcing overtime with a touchdown drive near the end of regulation. There shouldn't be any additional quarterback questions in Cleveland.

What I didn't like: Browns rookie cornerback Joe Haden made a mental error by catching a third-down interception on Cleveland's 3-yard line. Instead of a New York punt on fourth down, Cleveland's offense was put in a tough spot, where a three-and-out set up New York's game-winning touchdown. I'm also not sure why the Browns didn't give the ball more to running back Peyton Hillis. After a fast start, Hillis finished with 19 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown. But this was the type of physical game where Hillis, who averaged 4.3 yards per run, should've had 25-30 carries.

What's next: After a brutal stretch, the Browns' schedule gets easier with winnable games against the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4) and Carolina Panthers (1-7). With its playoff hopes done early, Cleveland's goal is to remain competitive and try to climb back to .500 before the end of the season. To do that, the Browns need to start another winning streak after a tough loss to New York at home.

Wrap-up: Colts 23, Bengals 17

November, 14, 2010
Here are some thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 23-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals:

What it means: Cincinnati loses its sixth straight game to fall to 2-7. The Bengals are a huge disappointment after winning the AFC North title last year and had hopes of making a playoff run this season. This is only the second time Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has experienced a six-game losing streak in his tenure. The previous time was in 2008 when Cincinnati finished 4-11-1.

What I liked: The Bengals kept fighting until the end and nearly pulled off a stunning comeback after recovering an onside kick. But rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham fumbled to end Cincinnati's rally. After venting his frustration last week, the Bengals made a concerted effort to get Pro Bowl receiver Chad Ochocinco the football. Ochocinco made several nice catches and finished with seven receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. He also hurt his shoulder, but showed toughness and kept playing. Gresham, minus the late fumble, had his best game of the season, recording nine catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.

What I didn't like: The Bengals got off to another ugly start and fell behind 17-0 in the first half. Quarterback Carson Palmer threw a pick-six and running back Cedric Benson fumbled, which led to early touchdowns by Indianapolis. Palmer threw three baffling interceptions that were either right to Indianapolis defenders or into plenty of coverage. The Bengals also couldn't get their running game going. Benson rushed for 24 yards on 14 carries.

What's next: After a slate of tough opponents, the schedule lightens up for one week as the Bengals host the Buffalo Bills. This is a chance for Cincinnati to finally get on the winning track again. But the Bengals can't afford to overlook any team with the way they are playing.