AFC North: Titus Brown

AFC North matchups to watch

December, 3, 2011
Here are some other matchups to watch in Sunday's AFC North games:

  • Bengals WR Andre Caldwell vs. Steelers CB William Gay: In the last meeting, Gay was the defensive star, with a hand in Andy Dalton's two interceptions — including picking off the rookie late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Caldwell didn't step up when A.J. Green went down with a knee injury, producing 25 yards on three catches against Pittsburgh.
  • Bengals DT Geno Atkins vs. Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey: Atkins has 6.5 sacks, which leads the Bengals and ranks second in the NFL among defensive tackles. Pouncey lost 12 pounds from a violent stomach virus last week and is listed as probable.
  • Browns LB Titus Brown vs. Ravens RB Ray Rice: Brown could have to start at weakside linebacker after Scott Fujita went on injured reserve. Rice, who leads the Ravens with 772 yards rushing, could challenge Brown, who has one tackle in seven games played.
  • Ravens WR Anquan Boldin vs. Browns CB Joe Haden: Boldin was a problem for the Browns last season, scoring three touchdowns in two meetings against Cleveland. He also had 10 catches for 157 yards. Haden has broken up 16 passes this season, which ranks second in the NFL.

Morning take: Pouncey's leadership

August, 17, 2011
Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
  • Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is taking a leadership role on the offensive line.
Morning take: Pouncey is already the team's best offensive lineman in his second season. But the Steelers need to surround him with other pieces to make the unit complete.
Morning take: The top players are signed, but there are still several players around who may help a team. Look for Baltimore to make another small push once Haloti Ngata's extension frees up cap room.
Morning take: The vibes in Cincinnati are not good after an abysmal start to the preseason. But it's too early for any team to hit the panic button.
Morning take: Brown had the big fumble return for a touchdown last week against the Green Bay Packers. Brown played in Cleveland under Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini. Now, Brown hopes to impress rookie head coach Pat Shurmur.