AFC North: Indianapols Colts

Audibles: AFC North Week 6 preview

October, 10, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Baltimore Ravens (2-2) at Indianapolis Colts (2-2), 1 p.m.

This will be an interesting matchup of strengths Sunday when the Indianapolis Colts play host to the Baltimore Ravens.

Indianapolis has been inconsistent, but its strength remains on offense. Baltimore enters the game with the NFL's top-rated defense. Something has to give.

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is 4-2 against the Ravens in the regular season and averages 283 yards passing per game. He also has a win over Baltimore in the playoffs in 2006, so there is a track record of success for Manning.

Baltimore is coming off back-to-back heart-breaking losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans. The Steelers overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to win 23-20 in overtime Sept. 29, and Tennessee scored the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes left during the Titans' 13-10 win last week.

The Ravens need to get a win to create some momentum. They have five of their next six games away from M&T Bank Stadium.

Cincinnati Bengals (0-5) at New York Jets (2-2), 1 p.m.

Head coach Marvin Lewis will try to prevent the first 0-6 start of his career when the Cincinnati Bengals travel to face the New York Jets.

The Bengals are one of four winless NFL teams remaining, but they are getting more competitive. They've lost their past three games by an average of 6.7 points per game, including last week's solid outing in a 31-22 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Quarterback Carson Palmer will not start because of his inflamed right elbow.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started Sept. 28 in a 20-12 loss to the Cleveland Browns, will be the starter again. Palmer might be available for backup duty.

The Jets are coming off a bye week after putting up 56 points in a victory two weeks ago against the Arizona Cardinals. New York quarterback Brett Favre has nine touchdown passes in his last two starts.

New York Giants (4-0) at Cleveland Browns (1-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday

Coming off a bye week, the Cleveland Browns will try to right their season against arguably the NFL's hottest team in the New York Giants.

Despite lofty expectations, the Browns are off to a disappointing 1-3 start and need this win to keep their postseason hopes alive. Cleveland had 15 days to get healthy and prepare for this game against the defending Super Bowl champions.

New York is clicking on all cylinders and coming off a 44-6 thrashing of the Seattle Seahawks. They will get star receiver Plaxico Burress back in the lineup following a suspension by the team.

The Browns are the second-most penalized team in the NFL and need to be much more disciplined. Starting quarterback Derek Anderson has twice as many interceptions (six) as touchdown passes (three).

The last time these two teams met -- in a preseason game that featured starters in the first half -- the Giants jumped to a 30-3 lead.

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