AFC North: 2011 Week 5 coverage

Wrap-up: Bengals 30, Jaguars 20

October, 9, 2011
10/09/11
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Thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 30-20 win at the Jacksonville Jaguars:

What it means: The young Bengals are starting to show they are able to handle some success. After a comeback win over Buffalo, Cincinnati rallied once again in the final two minutes of the game. At 3-2, the Bengals are one win away from matching their win total from last season.

Thumbs up: Bengals' poise. Down 20-16 in the fourth quarter, Cincinnati took advantage of great field position (a 22-yard punt gave the Bengals the ball at the Jacksonville 28) and punched the ball into the end zone on seven plays when it couldn't settle for a field goal. Calling a 2-yard run on third-and-goal from the 2-yard line was risky but successful. Bernard Scott scored the touchdown, but left guard Nate Livings and center Kyle Cook opened the hole. Wonder if Cedric Benson will be upset that Scott was the one who got the touchdown.

Red-hot red zone defense: Yes, a breakdown in coverage allowed for a wide-open, 74-yard touchdown that put the Jaguars ahead 20-16 in the fourth quarter. But the Bengals' defense didn't allow a touchdown twice when the Jaguars had a first-and-goal at the 5-yard line or closer.

Receiving praise: Rookie receiver A.J. Green is showing why he was one of the top prospects coming out of the draft. He had five catches for 90 yards including a 37-yard touchdown grab that tied the game at 7.

What's next: The Bengals return home to play the Indianapolis Colts before their bye week.

PITTSBURGH -- Thoughts on the Pittsburgh Steelers' 38-17 win against the Tennessee Titans:

What it means: The early demise of the Steelers has been greatly exaggerated. After getting pushed around by Houston last week, Pittsburgh was the bully on the field against a Titans team that had convincing wins over two AFC North teams (Baltimore and Cleveland). It didn't matter that four starters were sidelined (nose tackle Casey Hampton, linebacker James Harrison, defensive end Aaron Smith and left guard Chris Kemoeatu), their starting running back (Rashard Mendenhall) didn't get on the field because of a hamstring injury and their starting quarterback (Ben Roethlisberger) played with a sprained foot.

Thumbs up: The Steelers' maligned offensive line. Pittsburgh opened up big holes for its backup running backs, including an especially big one that sprung Jonathan Dwyer for 76 yards. The line also protected its hurt quarterback, even though Roethlisberger did get the ball away quicker Sunday. On the touchdown pass to Heath Miller, Roethlisberger had time to pump and look to his left before finding the tight end over the middle.

Delivering some pain: Despite playing with specialized footwear for his sprained left foot, Roethlisberger had one of the best games of his career, throwing five touchdowns. It marked the fourth time in Roethlisberger's career that he had at least four touchdown passes in a game. He had only three touchdown passes in the four games before the injury.

Capitalizing on "special" play early: A 52-yard kickoff return from Antonio Brown set up the Steelers' first touchdown, and a 33-yard pass from punter Daniel Sepulveda on a fake at midfield led to Pittsburgh's second touchdown. But the Steelers' special teams tried to give that lead back in the second half after failing to recover an onside kick and getting a punt blocked.

Timely takeaway: Speaking of that onside kick, the Steelers' defense didn't let the Titans keep the momentum. On the next play, Brett Keisel deflected Matt Hasselbeck's pass with his right hand and LaMarr Woodley made the interception. It was just the second turnover forced by the Steelers this season.

What's next: The Steelers stay at home to face the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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