AFC North: rapid reaction 15

Rapid Reaction: Eagles 30, Browns 10

December, 15, 2008
12/15/08
11:30
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

PHILADELPHIA -- If the players are still fighting for Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel, it's very difficult to tell.

The Browns put together their fourth consecutive listless performance during a 30-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on "Monday Night Football." A nationwide audience got to see the train wreck Cleveland (4-10) has become since its head coach and many others within the organization have come under fire.

Cleveland had no chance against the surging Eagles (8-5-1) with a porous defense and a third-string quarterback in Ken Dorsey (156 yards, two interceptions). The Browns have gone four consecutive weeks without an offensive touchdown, as cornerback Brandon McDonald recorded a "pick six" in the fourth quarter.

The loss broke Cleveland's two-game winning streak on "Monday Night Football." The Browns will finish their season against two division rivals in the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rapid Reaction: Steelers 13, Ravens 9

December, 14, 2008
12/14/08
7:31
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BALTIMORE -- This is why the Pittsburgh Steelers made Ben Roethlisberger a $100-million quarterback.

Pittsburgh's offense struggled for three quarters, but Roethlisberger heated up during the fourth to lead the Steelers to a 13-9 come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore Ravens. A 12-play, 92-yard touchdown drive sealed it with 50 seconds remaining and it was the second scoring drive of the final period.

The victory gives the Steelers a playoff berth, the AFC North title for the second year in a row, and a first-round bye in the postseason. Pittsburgh (11-3) still has a chance to catch the Tennessee Titans (12-2) for the top seed as the two teams meet next week in one of the biggest games of the 2008 NFL season.

For the Ravens, it was the first home loss to Pittsburgh in their last six games. Baltimore (9-5) is still in good standing in the AFC wild card race but has another tough game upcoming on the road against the Dallas Cowboys.

Rapid Reaction: Bengals 20, Redskins 13

December, 14, 2008
12/14/08
4:15
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Cincinnati Bengals had some fight left in them after all.

After getting drilled the past two games, Cincinnati bounced back and pulled off its second win of the season by beating the Washington Redskins 20-13 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals were outscored 69-6 the past two weeks but mustered enough resolve and played hard on Sunday.

The Bengals avoided making team history along the way. Cincinnati (2-11-1) had never finished a season with less than two victories. It also ended the playoff hopes of Washington (7-7), which lost for the fifth time in six games.

Cincinnati still has a chance to finish strong. The Bengals have a pair of games against losing teams in the Cleveland Browns (4-9) and Kansas City Chiefs (2-12) to round out their 2008 season.

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