AFC North: quick take 3

Quick Take: Eagles 15, Steelers 6

September, 21, 2008
9/21/08
10:15
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Pittsburgh Steelers' biggest flaw was exposed in Sunday's 15-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

As it's been well documented for the past two seasons, Pittsburgh often struggles to protect the quarterback. The Steelers were able to hide that weakness through two games, but Philadelphia was a tough matchup because pressuring the quarterback is its specialty.

The Eagles ended up with nine sacks total in the game and gave Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger very little time to do anything with the football. Roethlisberger finished with just 131 yards and an interception.

Playing from behind most of the game took away the running threat of Pittsburgh's Willie Parker (13 carries, 20 yards) and allowed the defense to tee off on the quarterback. The Eagles have provided an early blueprint of how to attack the Steelers if they fail to fix their offensive line.

Pittsburgh (2-1) now sits in second place in the AFC North division, a half-game behind the surprising Baltimore Ravens (2-0). The two teams will clash next week in what should be a primetime battle on Monday Night Football.

Quick Take: Giants 26, Bengals 23 (OT)

September, 21, 2008
9/21/08
4:35
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Cincinnati Bengals put up a valiant effort but remain winless on the season following Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the New York Giants.

Giants kicker John Carney made a 22-yard, game-winning kick in the extra period to seal the victory. It ended a well-played game where neither team committed a turnover.

Unfortunately for the Bengals (0-3), they needed this win more than the Giants (3-0). It could be tough sledding for Cincinnati over the next month.

The Bengals have a brutal upcoming schedule with a home date against the Cleveland Browns (Sept. 28), followed by games at the Dallas Cowboys (Oct. 5), at the New York Jets (Oct. 12) and against the Pittsburgh Steelers (Oct. 19). After dropping its first three games, it appears unlikely that Cincinnati will be able to climb back to .500 anytime soon.

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