AFC North: Week 8

AFC North injury report

October, 29, 2010
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Here is the final injury report for Week 8 in the AFC North (all times are ET):

Miami Dolphins (3-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-4), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Dolphins

Out: S Reshad Jones (knee)

Questionable: RB Deon Anderson (triceps), CB Nolan Carroll (ankle)

Bengals

Out: DE Jonathan Fanene (hamstring)

Doubtful: S Roy Williams (knee)

Questionable: LB Brandon Johnson (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle), RB Brian Leonard (thigh), S Chinedum Ndukwe (knee), CB Morgan Trent (knee)

Probable: CB Leon Hall (hamstring), WR Terrell Owens (hand), QB Carson Palmer (hip), LB Keith Rivers (foot), T Andre Smith (ankle)

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) at New Orleans (4-3), Sunday at 8:20 p.m.

Steelers

Out: DE Aaron Smith (triceps)

Doubtful: DE Brett Keisel (hamstring)

Probable: T Flozell Adams (ankle), LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)

Saints

Out: RB Reggie Bush (fibula), RB Pierre Thomas (ankle)

Doubtful: CB Jabari Greer (shoulder)

Questionable: CB Tracy Porter (knee), LB Scott Shanle (hamstring)

Probable: G Jahri Evans (ankle), C Jonathan Goodwin (groin), RB Julius Jones (shoulder), S Darren Sharper (knee), DE Will Smith (groin), T Zach Strief (knee), CB Leigh Torrence (shoulder), LB Anthony Waters (hamstring)

AFC North: Final Word

October, 30, 2009
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NFC Final Word: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 8:

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The Ravens need Willis McGahee to help invigorate the running game.
Slowing Elvis: There are many great matchups to watch in Sunday’s high-profile game between the undefeated Denver Broncos (6-0) and Baltimore Ravens (3-3). But perhaps the most important will be NFL sack leader Elvis Dumervil against Baltimore’s offensive tackles. Ravens left tackle Jared Gaither (neck) said he plans to return, but he has been in and out of practice this week. Baltimore could certainly use Gaither against Dumervil and a Denver defense that’s allowing just 11 points per game. Rookie Michael Oher is holding his own. But Baltimore’s offensive line is at its best when both tackles are healthy and productive.

Where is McGahee? As a backup to Ray Rice, tailback Willis McGahee averaged 5.9 yards per carry and scored six touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) in the first three weeks. The Ravens were 3-0 in that span. But in the past three games, McGahee has 13 carries for 12 yards and zero touchdowns. Baltimore has gone to the pass more often, and Rice registered most of the run attempts. But at some point look for the Ravens to focus back on the ground game, and it could start against Denver.

Little help: Here is an awful stat for the Cleveland Browns: Their second-leading receiver in terms of yards is Braylon Edwards, but the former Brown hasn’t been on the team since Week 4. Rookie Mohamed Massaquoi has taken over as the No. 1 receiver with 17 catches for 300 yards. But Brian Robiskie, Chansi Stuckey and Mike Furrey haven't done much to help the team since Edwards was shipped to the New York Jets. In Week 7, Cleveland's receivers couldn't get open in a 31-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The group also has problems with drops.

Dead even: For those keeping track, the AFC North vs. NFC North battles are even at 4-4 as we approach midseason. The Cincinnati Bengals are 2-0, with wins over the Packers and Chicago Bears. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-1, with a loss to Chicago and wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. The Browns are 0-2, with losses to Green Bay and Minnesota, and the Ravens also lost to the Vikings.

Big targets: There are several reasons Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco is much happier this year. Not only is his team in first place, but Ochocinco is among the NFL's most targeted wide receivers. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has thrown the football in Ochocinco's direction 63 times, fourth most in the NFL. Ochocinco has 39 receptions for 573 yards and five touchdowns. Pittsburgh receivers Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward are also tied for eighth, being targeted 55 times each.

Week 8 power rankings: AFC North

October, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

The AFC North went 2-1 last week with all three games coming against the NFC North.

Here is how it impacted ESPN.com's latest power rankings:

Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)

Last week: No. 9

Current ranking: No. 6

Analysis: After dropping three spots in Week 7, the Bengals made a quality jump up three spots following an impressive 45-10 blowout of the Chicago Bears. It was the most complete game the Bengals played all season and clearly caught the attention of ESPN.com’s panel. Cincinnati has made one of the most significant jumps of any team from the beginning of the season to now. The Bengals entered the year at No. 24 and currently are tied for their highest ranking of the season.

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)

Last week: No. 8

Current ranking: No. 7

Analysis: The high-profile game between the Steelers and Minnesota Vikings didn’t have much of an impact on the power rankings. Pittsburgh moved up just one spot to No. 7, while the Vikings dropped one spot this week to No. 4. It’s difficult this time of year to have much movement at the top. Cincinnati owns the head-to-head matchup with the Steelers, so that’s likely why the Bengals are one spot ahead of Pittsburgh this week. Teams like the Vikings, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts also have been at the top of the rankings all season.

Baltimore Ravens (3-3)

Last week: No. 11

Current ranking: No. 14

Analysis: Sometimes teams are forgotten quickly in the NFL, and that was certainly the case with Baltimore. The Ravens didn’t play last week and dropped three spots in the rankings during their bye. Impressive wins last week by the Green Bay Packers (No. 13) and Philadelphia Eagles (No. 12) caused those teams to move up at Baltimore's expense. The Ravens can significantly improve their standing with a big game Sunday against the undefeated Denver Broncos.

Cleveland Browns (1-6)

Last week: No. 29

Current ranking: No. 30

Analysis: The Browns dropped into the 30s for the first time this season. Cleveland hovered in the high 20s all year until the panel decided this week to move the winless Tennessee Titans up one spot to No. 29. The Browns are the only team with a win that’s rated below a winless team. The Browns lost 31-3 to the Packers Sunday, and have one more game before the bye week.

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