AFC North: Mike Goodson

It was a fast start to free agency. It was so hectic that 20-plus posts weren't enough to cover everything in the AFC North on Tuesday. Time to hit the other news happening in the division ...

  • The Browns and Buccaneers have expressed interest in trading for Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, a source told The Boston Herald. But the paper said no deal is imminent.
  • Browns receiver-returner Josh Cribbs is leaning toward signing with the Cardinals, according to Fox Sports. The Patriots are also interested in Cribbs.
  • Cardinals outside linebacker Quentin Groves, another pass rusher, is scheduled to visit the Browns, according to The Plain Dealer.

Good morning from Baltimore

November, 11, 2012
BALTIMORE -- Sunday will start an AFC North doubleheader for me in Week 10. I will begin with the Raiders-Ravens game today and head to Pittsburgh on Monday for the Chiefs-Steelers game.

As for Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium, this one will likely be decided by the backfields. The Ravens' struggling run defense catches a break with the Raiders' top two running backs, Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, out with high-ankle sprains. Oakland will rely on fullback Marcel Reece and third-string running back Taiwan Jones.

In what doesn't seem fair, the Ravens still have Ray Rice, who will go against a Raiders defense that gave up 251 yards rushing to Buccaneers rookie Doug Martin last Sunday.

"Obviously, you look at it and you start to get excited when you see it happening," Rice said. "Anybody goes over 200 yards, you have to figure there is a problem there."

Last Sunday, the Raiders allowed three touchdown runs of 40-plus yards. Since the start of the 2010 season, the Raiders have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns of at least 40 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That's by far the most in the NFL The next three teams on the list have 12 combined.

While I will be attending the Ravens' and Steelers' games, I won't forget about the Giants-Bengals game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. I will file a wrap-up to the Bengals game after I get done with the Ravens locker room.

Wrap-up: Ravens 37, Panthers 13

November, 21, 2010
Here are some thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 37-13 win over the Carolina Panthers:

What it means: Baltimore took care of business and pounced on a struggling Panthers team to improve to 7-3. The Ravens remain in first place in the AFC North via a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3). The teams are heading for a major showdown on Dec. 5 in Baltimore.

What I liked: I like how the Ravens got Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice involved in the both the running and passing game. Rice rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown and also had six catches for an additional 66 yards. Baltimore's offense seems to be at its best when Rice has it going. The Ravens' defense also recorded three sacks and reached the end zone twice. Safety Dawan Landry and linebacker Ray Lewis both scored touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

What I didn't like: Baltimore's run defense was gashed by Carolina backup running back Mike Goodson, who rushed for 120 yards. I also didn't like how the Ravens waited until late in the fourth quarter to pull away against an inferior team. The Ravens led 20-3 in the second half and had a chance to put the Panthers away much earlier, but allowed 10 straight points before re-establishing their dominance in the fourth quarter.

What's next: The Ravens have back-to-back home games against playoff contenders, starting next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Baltimore has to make sure it focuses on the Bucs this week and does not look ahead to a big rematch against the Steelers, which is setting up to be the biggest division game of the 2010 season.