AFC North: 2013 Week 3 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Pittsburgh Steelers

September, 23, 2013
Observed in the locker room after the Pittsburgh Steelers' 40-23 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Simple math: Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley didn’t make a bold prediction as much as he clung to simple arithmetic after the Steelers fell to 0-3. “We’ve got a chance to go 13-3,” Woodley said. When asked his rationale for this, Woodley said the Steelers still have 13 games left to play. “It’s realistic,” he said.

Quick exit: The home locker room at Heinz Field emptied so fast that there were virtually no players left after a beat reporter made his way to it after first hitting deadline with his game stories. Perhaps cornerback Ike Taylor best summed up what the Steelers are facing when he said, “We’ve got to fight, we’ve got to fight, we’ve got to fight.”

Digging out: Coach Mike Tomlin said “no stones will be left unturned” as the Steelers try to dig their way out of the team’s first 0-3 start since 2000. And it appears Kelvin Beachum will be given the opportunity to challenge for the starting job at left or right tackle.

Key stats: A pair of fours were anything but two of a kind for Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers quarterback threw for 400 yards for the fourth time in his career, but he also committed four turnovers, two of which the Bears returned for touchdowns. ""We are going to have to put it together and put it together fast,” Roethlisberger said.

Locker Room Buzz: Cincinnati Bengals

September, 22, 2013
Observed in the locker room after the Cincinnati Bengals' 34-30 victory against the Green Bay Packers.

No more leaps: An hour after his 58-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown propelled Cincinnati past Green Bay, Bengals cornerback Terence Newman told reporters he would not be repeating his celebratory leap anytime soon. "I know they're a big Lambeau Leap team, so I just kind of wanted to jump up there. I saw a bunch of fans up there, and I don't know what came over me. I probably won't ever do that again."

Speaking of leaps: Rookie running back Giovani Bernard said his leaping first-quarter score -- and another first-down run -- were the product of thinking he needed to jump over low-diving defenders. He'll be reevaluating how often he goes up, too.

Wacky games: The Bengals were in a reflective mood after the game as they thought about how many games they had played that were as strange as Sunday's. Most were losses, like multiple games at Denver in years past, and even their season opener at Chicago this season. In a game that had eight combined turnovers, eight combined sacks and a blocked PAT, they still won.

Locker Room Buzz: Baltimore Ravens

September, 22, 2013
Observed in the locker room after the Baltimore Ravens' 30-9 win over the Houston Texans:

Growing pains: The Ravens only managed 236 total yards, including 10 in the first half, but there is no sense of panic on offense. "I keep saying it, we're a young team and we got a lot of new guys over there and we're real slim at the running back position today," said quarterback Joe Flacco, who didn't have running back Ray Rice (hip) in the backfield. "So, we're going to have some growing pains throughout the first couple of weeks. I said all along the biggest thing is: Can we win games while we have those? So far, the last two weeks, we haven't been great but we've managed to win football games. I think that's a sign of a pretty good football team."

Cleaning up penalties: Something was said at halftime, presumably directed at the offensive line, after the Ravens were flagged eight times in the first half. The Ravens committed just two penalties after halftime. Most of the problems were with the offensive line, and offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie had two facemask penalties. "Sometimes against a good front, that stuff comes up but we don't need to do that," coach John Harbaugh said. "Our offensive line is tood good to have to resort to those techniques. The guys did a good job of cleaning it up."

Paying no attention to Reed: The return of Ed Reed to Baltimore was a big storyline heading into the game. But he was a non-factor in the game and in the minds of the Ravens. "We broke the huddle on the first play of the game and I saw him," Flacco said. "And from then on out, I didn't pay too much attention to him. On a couple of plays, I tried to give him a double couple look offs. I purposely, though, didn't pay too much attention to him after that first play."