AFC North: 2010 Week 9 Wrap-ups

Wrap-up: Ravens 26, Dolphins 10

November, 7, 2010
Here are some thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 26-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins:

What it means: The Ravens remain in first place in the AFC North and improve to 6-2. They will hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) no matter what happens on Monday night. Baltimore is taking care of business by protecting its home stadium, where the Ravens are 4-0 this season. The game marked the first road loss this year for Miami.

What I liked: Baltimore's defense wreaked havoc by forcing turnovers, and that's something the Ravens haven't done consistently this season. Baltimore made things uncomfortable for Miami quarterback Chad Henne, who threw three interceptions and was sacked twice. Ravens safety Ed Reed recorded his third interception in two games back from hip surgery.The turnovers made it easy for the offense.

What I didn't like: It was a good win for Baltimore. The offense gained 402 total yards but settled for too many field goals. Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff had a busy day with four field goals, as the Ravens were 1-for-7 in red-zone efficiency.

What's next: The Ravens have a very short week to prepare for the talented Atlanta Falcons Thursday night in what will be a battle of first-place teams. Both teams are Super Bowl contenders in its respective conferences, and it should be one of the top games of Week 10.

Wrap-up: Browns 34, Patriots 14

November, 7, 2010
Here are some thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' 34-14 victory over the New England Patriots:

What it means: The Browns improved to 3-5 in impressive fashion and won two in a row for the first time this season. Cleveland has found its quarterback in rookie Colt McCoy, who has now beat the New Orleans Saints and New England in back-to-back games. McCoy played another efficient game, completing 14 of 19 passes for 174 yards and a rushing touchdown. He is now 2-1 as a starter and there should no more questions about the position. This is also a big win for Browns head coach Eric Mangini, who needs to continue to win games in order to impress team president Mike Holmgren.

What I liked: Cleveland tailback Peyton Hillis was dominant, rushing for a season-high 184 yards and two touchdowns. The Browns were more physical and outsmarted the Patriots. New England committed three turnovers, allowing the Browns to capitalize and turn them into points. The Browns' defense also held the explosive New England offense to just 14 points and prevented big plays from quarterback Tom Brady.

What I didn't like: Aside from a Hillis fumble, there wasn't much not to like for Cleveland. It was another signature win for the Browns, which looks like it will be a tough spoiler for teams in the second half of the season.

What's next: The Browns have another quality opponent on their schedule next week in the New York Jets. The game will mark the return of former Cleveland first-round pick Braylon Edwards, who was traded from the Browns unceremoniously last year.