NFL Nation: 2010 Week 6 Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Jets 24, Broncos 20

October, 17, 2010
10/17/10
7:40
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DENVER -- A few thoughts from the New York Jets' 24-20 win against the Denver Broncos.

What it means: The New York Jets played a sloppy game and could’ve easily lost, but they showed fourth-quarter mettle (and received a gift from the officials) to pull out a victory. It was their fifth straight win, tying their longest winning streak of the decade. They have the best record in the AFC at 5-1. It came down to one play – a 46-yard pass interference penalty on Renaldo Hill. It was a fourth-down heave by Mark Sanchez, and it probably would’ve been incomplete, but Hill snagged Santonio Holmes’ facemask.

Instant analysis: After a sensational start to his second season, Sanchez crashed early and rallied late. His first two passes were would-be interceptions that were dropped, an ominous sign. He finished with two interceptions, leading to three Denver points. It was his first multiple-interception game since Dec. 20, 2009, when he threw three against the Atlanta Falcons -– a span of 10 straight games without two or more picks. Curiously, Sanchez looked tentative from the outset. Down 17-10 at the start of the fourth quarter, he rallied the Jets to 14 points on two touchdown runs by LaDainian Tomlinson. It was the first fourth-quarterback comeback win of Sanchez’ career.

For the second straight week, cornerback Darrelle Revis looked human. Clearly, he wasn’t close to 100 percent because of his pulled hamstring. Revis probably shouldn’t have played, but Ryan made the decision two hours before the game to activate him. Revis started -– so much for that talk about a part-time role -– and he was in man-to-man coverage on Jabar Gaffney most of the game. Revis surrendered four completions for 66 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown by rookie Demaryius Thomas. The Jets should have provided help over the top, or played more zone than usual, but Ryan is stubborn that way. He won’t adjust.

Ryan goofed by not challenging Thomas’ 17-yard touchdown reception. He juggled the ball ever-so-slightly, and it appeared that he didn’t get his second foot down before regaining possession. Ryan probably was gunshy because he had used a challenge (unsuccessfully) moments earlier on a pass to Brandon Lloyd.

Turnovers (or lack thereof) helped the Jets to a 4-1 record. On Sunday, turnovers hurt them. After committing only one turnover in the first five games, they imploded -– two interceptions by Sanchez and a killer fumble by receiver Santonio Holmes, who handled the ball carelessly at the end of a 16-yard run on an end-around. They also fell asleep and failed to recover an onsides kick. It was an uncharacteristic performance by a team that usually doesn’t kill itself with blunders.

The Jets were so preoccupied by the Broncos’ passing game that they underplayed the run. Wisely, the Broncos capitalized, rushing 37 times for 145 yards. With four minutes left in the game, linebacker David Harris missed badly on quarterback Kyle Orton, who ran for 13 yards on a third-and-11. That set up the Broncos’ go-ahead FG with 3:55 remaining.

It was Brad Smith vs. Tim Tebow in a battle of dueling Wildcats. The former college quarterbacks got plenty of work behind center. In fact, Tebow scored his first NFL touchdown, scoring on a 5-yard run on a sweep to the right. The Jets seemed ill-prepared for the Wildcat, which shouldn’t have been the case. They’ve seen plenty of Wildcat, having faced the Miami Dolphins. Tebow finished with 6 rushes for 23 yards, Smith 3 for 18. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels used the Wildcat to jump-start his dormant running game.

What’s next: Rest. The Jets have a bye week. For the players, that means a one-week vacation -– literally. Rex Ryan, backing up his player’s-coach reputation, has given the players off until next Monday. It’s rare for an NFL coach to do that, but as we know, Ryan isn’t like other coaches.

Rapid Reaction: Vikings 24, Cowboys 21

October, 17, 2010
10/17/10
7:14
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Some quick thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys' 24-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

What it means: I buried the Cowboys after last Sunday's loss to the Titans, but they made it official Sunday in the Metrodome. And it seemed appropriate that it was a couple of special-teams breakdowns that led to this loss. We witnessed two very mediocre teams in action, but as usual, it was the Cowboys who made the most mistakes. At 1-4, the Cowboys have put themselves in the ultimate hole. And they have no one else to blame but themselves.

"Special-teams" unit? The Cowboys had a 14-7 lead at halftime, but the coverage unit gave up a 95-yard touchdown return by Percy Harvin on the opening kickoff of the second half. This is the same unit that gave up a 73-yard return against the Titans last week. Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis vowed it wouldn't happen again, but ... it happened. The Cowboys also had a nice punt return by Dez Bryant wiped out because of a holding penalty on Alan Ball. You won't find a more undisciplined team in the NFL than the Cowboys.

The interception: The score was tied at 21 in the fourth quarter when Tony Romo dropped back to pass and looked for tight end Jason Witten. Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson showed blitz but then dropped back in coverage at the last second. Romo didn't account for him and threw a lazy pass toward Witten that was intercepted. The Vikings kicked a field goal to make it 24-21 after that play. It was Henderson's second interception of the game. The other one came off a tipped ball. At least six of Romo's interceptions this season have been tipped, according to my numbers.

Where was Miles? Miles Austin had a 68-yard touchdown called back because he was flagged for pass interference. But for some reason, the Cowboys didn't go back to him. He's their best offensive player, and they effectively froze him out of the game in the second half.

What's next: I supposed some folks will make the argument that a win at home next Monday night against the New York Giants would keep the Cowboys' season alive. You won't hear that argument from me. This season's likely over and it's time to try to figure out who will eventually take over for coach Wade Phillips. I certainly don't think that person is on the current staff.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Some observations from Minnesota's 24-21 victory against Dallas.

What it means: The Minnesota Vikings improved to 2-3 despite a lackluster offensive showing that included only one legitimate scoring drive, a total of 188 total yards and 14 first downs. But it was a positive week for the Vikings regardless, as the three other NFC North teams all lost.

Hero I: Middle linebacker E.J. Henderson intercepted two Tony Romo passes, his second coming with 7 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the game. The play gave the Vikings the ball at the 30-yard line and set up Ryan Longwell's go-ahead 38-yard field goal. Regardless of your team affiliation, it was heart-warming to watch Henderson celebrate when you realize that many thought his career was over last December after he fractured his femur.

Hero II: Percy Harvin's 95-yard kickoff return to start the third quarter closed a 14-7 halftime deficit and instilled new life in a team that seemed lifeless in the second half. It was Harvin's third kickoff return for a touchdown in 20 career games.

Hero III: Truth be told, the Cowboys couldn't get out of their own way in this game. The last of their 10 penalties nullified what should have been a gift from the Vikings. With the Cowboys out of timeouts and the Vikings trying to run out the clock, Favre instead threw a low-percentage pass to No. 4 receiver Greg Lewis. The pass sailed over Lewis' head, which should have stopped the clock on third down and given the Cowboys the ball back with about two minutes to go. Instead, cornerback Mike Jenkins was called for a game-clinching pass interference play.

Hero IV: Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett inexplicably declined to push an obvious mismatch between his receivers and the Vikings' injury-plagued secondary. Nickel back Lito Sheppard was the closest man in coverage on all three of the Cowboys' touchdowns, including a game-tying 31-yard pass to Dez Bryant. But Bryant, Miles Austin and Roy Williams combined for only six catches.

What's next: The Vikings travel to Lambeau Field for a game next Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers.

Rapid Reaction: Patriots 23, Ravens 20

October, 17, 2010
10/17/10
4:50
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots outlasted the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in overtime Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

What it means: The Patriots had problems competing at home with an elite team, but they were resilient. Perhaps it's too soon to what kind of difference the Randy Moss trade will make for the long-term, but Tom Brady couldn't find a rhythm until late in the game. He finished 27 of 44 for 292 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Some untimely drops didn't help him.

Hero: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was impeccable. He was 27 of 35 for 285 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. But the hero has to be Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who kicked a 24-yard field goal to force overtime and a 35-yarder to win the game.

Welcome back: Deion Branch scored a touchdown in his first game back in a Patriots uniform. He caught a 5-yard touchdown toss with 11:02 left in the game to draw the Patriots within a field goal. Branch finished with nine receptions for 98 yards. Moss made nine catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns in his four games with New England.

Cult figure: Patriots running back Danny Woodhead elicited the loudest cheers of the game whenever he touched the ball. He was New England's leading rusher with 11 carries for 63 yards and made five catches for 52 yards.

Trending: The Patriots' defense entered the weekend as the NFL's most forgiving on third-down conversions. They started off poorly, but finished strong. The Ravens converted five of their 16 third downs. The Patriots made the stop on a crucial third-and-1 at the Ravens' 47-yard line with just under nine minutes to play and were tough to punch through in overtime.

Injuries of note: Patriots safety Jarrad Page suffered a calf injury in the third quarter. He hopped off the field and didn't return.

What's next: The Patriots travel cross-continent to play the San Diego Chargers on Sunday in Qualcomm Stadium.

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears' 23-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday isn’t what one would consider devastating to the club’s playoff hopes.

But it certainly raises questions about a variety of issues on the team. Let’s get to some of them right now:

What it means: Other than opening the door for more questions about the shoddy pass protection (six sacks allowed), and questionable play calling from offensive coordinator Mike Martz, the loss isn’t a significant blow to the Bears' standing atop the NFC North mainly because they built some breathing room by beating two divisional foes (Detroit and Green Bay) en route to starting 4-2.

Smashing: Devin Hester kept allowing punters to make touchdown-saving stops on his returns. So receiver Earl Bennett eliminated the problem. In providing Chicago one of its few highlights of the day, Bennett delivered the most punishing hit of the day by crushing Seattle punter Jon Ryan on a Hester 89-yard punt return for a touchdown with 1:54 remaining.

Hester tied Brian Mitchell’s all-time record for kick return touchdowns (nine punt return TDs and four kickoffs) with the TD that pulled the Bears to within 23-20.

Although it’s unofficial, it’s safe to say Bennett’s block was the club’s nastiest of the season up to this point.

Third-down inefficiency: It’s been described as high octane, but Martz’s offense couldn’t even earn the moniker of “average” Sunday against the Seahawks.

Bogged down by poor pass protection and Jay Cutler’s penchant for holding on to the ball too long, the Bears failed to convert a single third down through the first three quarters (0-for-8). Perhaps it’s time for Martz and the rest of the offensive staff to take a long look at what’s working and what’s not, and make the appropriate adjustments.

Martz claims the seven-step pass drop constitutes just a small part of what the Bears do offensively. Maybe it’s time to eliminate it from the playbook, because clearly it’s leading to more sacks than home-run balls.

With 12:02 left to play, Cutler had completed less than 50 percent of his passes (11-of-26).

Williams move inside a dud: Perhaps the Bears can now stop using the name Chris Williams and “stout” in the same sentence because it’s clear the two don’t jibe.

Filling in at left guard for Roberto Garza, who recently underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure, Williams made his first start since Week 2 after missing the past three games because of a hamstring injury. But the club didn’t see any improvement in the rushing (the club actually regressed after grinding out 218 yards last week) or protection departments.

By halftime, the Seahawks had already sacked Cutler twice while running backs Matt Forte and Chester Taylor finished the first two quarters with a combined 15 yards on eight attempts.

Seattle strong safety Jordan Babineaux notched the third sack of Cutler on Chicago’s opening drive of the second half, resulting in a safety and a 16-13 Seahawks lead. Seattle sacked Cutler six times on the day, including three sacks from defensive backs.

Williams wasn’t at fault for all of the sacks, including the three Cutler suffered in the third quarter alone. But Williams certainly proved he’s not the upgrade inside the club expected.

The Bears believed that Williams, who entered the season as the starting left tackle, could firm up the pocket inside for Cutler while adding push to the rushing attack by moving to guard. It’s probably safe to call the experiment a monstrous dud.

Field-position roulette: Chicago made the mistake of giving Seattle not one, but two possessions -- back to back, in fact -- from the Bears' 37-yard line. Bad move when dealing with a veteran quarterback such as Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck.

After punting on their first possession from the 37 in the first quarter, the Seahawks used seven plays and 2 minutes and 41 seconds to score on their second opportunity from that field position. Justin Forsett’s 9-yard run off right guard gave the Seahawks a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Aromashodu sighting: Devin Aromashodu, aka Mr. Inactive, registered his first catch since Week 1 on Sunday when he hauled in a 34-yard pass for Cutler’s second completion of the day.

After catching five passes for 71 yards in the opener against Detroit, Aromashodu fell out of favor with Martz because of missed blocks and dropped passes. But it was nice to see the club give Aromashodu another shot to contribute.

Given Aromashodu’s size and athleticism, he’s too talented for the Bears to totally lock out of the offense. Look for Aromashodu’s contributions to gradually increase as the season progresses.

Big-play Knox: Coming off back to back one-catch outings, Bears receiver Johnny Knox bounced back in a major way against the Seahawks. Knox took a short pass in the second quarter from Cutler up the visitors’ sideline for a 67-yard gain, and followed that on the net play with a 12-yard reception.

Knox’s two receptions helped set up Robbie Gould’s 24-yard field goal, which pulled the Bears to within 14-13 with 1:10 remaining before intermission. Knox leads the team with seven receptions of 20 yards or more, and there’s a good chance he’ll become the Bears’ first 1,000-yard receiver since Marty Booker (2002).

What’s next: The Bears host the Redskins (3-2) next Sunday before entering the much-needed bye week, which seems to come at the appropriate time considering the club’s offensive woes and the fact that several players are nursing nagging injuries.

HOUSTON -- A look at a big game for the Kansas City Chiefs.

What It Means: The Chiefs are a competitive team, but they are still learning how to win. They were outclassed by the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter, losing the game on a short pass from Matt Schaub to Andre Johnson with 28 seconds to go. The Chiefs had a 24-14 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Chiefs are now 3-2 after starting the season 3-0.

Tomorrow’s Talker: The young Kansas City defense fell apart in the fourth quarter, allowing the Texans to score three touchdowns. It was strong prior to that point. Houston is an explosive offense and it made the plays it had to, ruining the Chiefs' day.

Big Revelation: Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe can be a positive for the Chiefs. After both played poorly last week at Indianapolis, the two hooked up for two touchdown plays Sunday. Both players looked good and showed they can make plays.

What’s Next: The Chiefs’ schedule starts to ease. They play Jacksonville at home next Sunday, which will be Kansas City’s first home game since Week 3. It then hosts Buffalo the following week.

Rapid Reaction: Eagles 31, Falcons 17

October, 17, 2010
10/17/10
4:18
PM ET
PHILADELPHIA -- I’m heading downstairs for interviews and will back with much more in a bit. But, first, some Rapid Reaction on Atlanta’s 31-17 loss to Philadelphia.

What it means: It turns out that reports of the Falcons being the best team in the NFC were wrong. At the very least, they were premature. This one was on the road against a good team, so there’s not a lot of shame. But the Falcons won a game like this when they went to New Orleans. If you want to be the best team in the NFC South, you have to win games like these consistently.

What’s next: The one bit of good news is the Falcons don’t have to go on the road again for more than a month. They’re home next Sunday against Cincinnati. After that, they have a bye, followed by home games with Tampa Bay and Baltimore.

Hindsight: Michael Vick wasn’t even a factor against his former team. Vick didn’t start because of a rib injury. Although he was declared the team’s No. 3 quarterback, he didn’t dress and never appeared on the field. Team officials said Vick was watching the game from the locker room. He might end up watching Kevin Kolb start the rest of the season after Kolb played a nearly flawless game.

Injury of note: Cornerback Dunta Robinson left the game in the first half after a full-speed collision where he and Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackson banged heads. Neither player returned. We don’t know full details on Robinson’s condition just yet. But, if he suffered a concussion, he might miss some time. That would leave the Falcons where they were last year – without a true No. 1 cornerback -- with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco coming to town.

Rapid Reaction: Seahawks 23, Bears 20

October, 17, 2010
10/17/10
4:16
PM ET
Here are some thoughts on Seattle's 23-20 victory over the Chicago Bears:

What it means: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawks' offense showed it could function efficiently on the road, even on the ground against a tough run defense. And the Seattle defense showed it could generate a pass rush on third down without the benefit of crowd noise from Qwest Field. This was by far the Seahawks' most impressive performance on the road this season. We knew Seattle had a good shot at going 6-2 or 7-1 at home this season. Winning at Chicago makes it much easier to get into that 8-8 range, which could be good enough to win the division.

Hindsight: What were the Seahawks thinking when they punted to Devin Hester while protecting a 23-13 lead with 2:14 remaining in the fourth quarter? Sure, Hester hasn't been as impressive in recent seasons, but he had a touchdown return against Green Bay and 11 return touchdowns previously in his career. Hester's 89-yard touchdown was his ninth on a punt return. It made Seattle sweat out a victory unnecessarily and it could have ruined its season.

Big Revelation: The Seahawks' blitz packages and overall pass rush on third down showed up like never before this season. Coach Pete Carroll had said all offseason that he hoped the Qwest Field crowd would help Seattle generate a pass rush at home. Left unsaid, of course, was that he didn't see much hope for generating one on the road. This game showed Seattle could do that, particularly against a team with a weak offensive line and an offensive scheme predicated on deep quarterback drops. The Bears failed to convert on any their 12 third-down opportunities, a level of dominance that would have seemed unimaginable before Sunday.

Injuries of note: Seattle played most of the game without starting right cornerback Kelly Jennings, who suffered a hamstring injury. The Bears had more success downfield after Jennings left the game, but Seattle got enough third-down pressure to overcome any drop-off in most critical situations. Punter Jon Ryan absorbed a devastating hit from Earl Bennett during Hester's return. He was down for an extended period.

Tomorrow's Talker: Why can't the Seahawks win the NFC West? Should they be favored? They're taking a 3-2 record into a home game against the 3-2 Arizona Cardinals. Arizona will be playing a rookie quarterback at Qwest Field, a tough proposition. A victory by Seattle would leave the Seahawks alone atop the NFC West with a 4-2 record.

What I liked: The Seattle coaching staff had the upper hand following a bye week. The Seahawks effectively mixed Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett in their backfield on offense. Lynch was limited to conventional personnel groupings seen most frequently on early downs. Forsett played in some of those, too, while handling the duties in three-receiver sets. Lynch's stats were not impressive overall, but he turned a couple big losses into rushes for no gain by breaking tackles. He also had a 1-yard scoring run to cap a 92-yard drive. Seattle's willingness to run Forsett from pass-oriented looks after establishing Forsett as the back on passing downs helped keep the Bears off-balance. On defense, those third-down blitz packages gave the Bears problems.

What I didn't like: Rookie Golden Tate had some issues in the punt-return game, nearly losing a fumble deep in Seattle territory. Even so, Seattle's special teams helped create favorable field position at times, including during a critical sequence in the fourth quarter. Also, right guard Stacy Andrews continued to suffer from penalty problems and tight end John Carlson dropped a pass for what should have been a drive-sustaining big gain in the second half. At least Carlson caught the Bears' onside kick with 1:54 remaining. That was a critical play for Seattle.

What's next: The Seahawks return home to face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7.

Rapid Reaction: Giants 28, Lions 20

October, 17, 2010
10/17/10
4:14
PM ET
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Quick thoughts on the Giants’ 28-20 victory over the Lions.

What It Means: The Giants are starting to take care of business. In a game that they were supposed to win, the Giants got the job done. It wasn't anything spectacular, but the Giants didn’t have a letdown with what lies ahead of them next week. They handled a decent Detroit Lions team and showed better composure as the Lions were plagued by penalties. At 4-2, this is exactly where the Giants should be as their schedule gets tougher with NFC East play about to begin.

What’s Next: As if we had to remind you, it’s Dallas week. The Giants finally play an NFC East game and it’s against the Cowboys. The Giants make the trip to Jerry World for a Monday night showdown that should be electric no matter what the Cowboys’ record is. Dallas will be playing to try to climb out of an early hole and the Giants will be looking to show the NFL that they are legit contenders. A win in Dallas always goes a long way.

Knockout Artists: The Giants' defense knocked out its third quarterback of the season when Shaun Hill had to leave before halftime with an arm injury. Hill had been playing well and he had a touchdown before falling on his left arm. The Lions were forced to go with Drew Stanton, and Osi Umenyiora was able to strip Stanton for a fumble, which Justin Tuck recovered. Stanton later connected on an 87-yard touchdown pass to Megatron, Calvin Johnson. Hill joins the Bears’ Jay Cutler and Todd Collins as quarterbacks the Giants have knocked out of games this season.

Shut ‘em Down: The Giants' run defense continues to be lights out. Perry Fewell’s unit held the Lions to 64 yards rushing. Rookie Jahvid Best had nowhere to run, much like Houston’s Arian Foster the week before and Chicago’s Matt Forte the week before that. The Giants came into the game having held the Texans and Bears to a combined 83 yards rushing.

Protect The Ball: The Giants did a good job of not turning the ball over. Their only turnover was a fumble by rookie punter Matt Dodge, who lost the ball on his drop on the first punt attempt of the game. The Lions recovered but the Giants were able to keep the ball otherwise against a team that came into the game tied for first in takeaways. Eli Manning threw a few balls away instead of forcing passes. The Giants' defense also came up with a huge fumble recovery when the Lions were driving down 21-17 midway through the fourth.

Just Enough: The Giants weren’t spectacular on offense but they did just enough. Manning’s numbers aren’t overwhelming but he did throw two touchdowns. He wasn’t sharp, and his best receiver was pretty much bottled up as Hakeem Nicks finished with just three catches for 8 yards. But Manning also re-connected with his favorite target, Steve Smith, on several short passes. He also hit Mario Manningham and Travis Beckum for touchdowns.

Run It To The Right: Ahmad Bradshaw had a nice day, gaining 133 yards, with many of them coming while he ran on the right side. The offensive line opened up some huge holes for Bradshaw on that right side. Brandon Jacobs scored two touchdowns and now has a touchdown in three straight games.

Special Teams: Dodge dropped the ball on his first punt of the game for the second time this season, but this time he lost it. After another shaky start, Dodge calmed down and punted better as the game progressed. He even unleashed a 59-yard punt in the fourth quarter and pumped his fist walking off the field. The Giants also had a new kicker on the field as they went with Shayne Graham after Lawrence Tynes was out due to an ankle injury. Graham had four extra points.

Rapid Reaction: Steelers 28, Browns 10

October, 17, 2010
10/17/10
4:10
PM ET
PITTSBURGH -- Here are some thoughts on the Pittsburgh Steelers' 28-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns:

What I liked: Steelers (4-1) quarterback Ben Roethlisberger experienced some early rust but heated up in the second half. He brought several big plays back to Pittsburgh's offense and finished with 257 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. For Cleveland (1-5), its defense was scrappy and did its best to keep the game respectable. In his NFL debut, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (281 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions) made rookie mistakes but played better than expected against the Steelers in what was a good learning experience.

What I didn't like: The Browns once again got sloppy in the second half and allowed 21 of Pittsburgh's 28 points after intermission. Cleveland's offense also needs a lot of work. Teams are gearing up to stop running back Peyton Hillis, so Cleveland is struggling to put together consistent scoring drives and needs to adjust.

Injuries of note: Browns receivers Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi suffered a big blows to the head by Steelers linebacker James Harrison and didn't return. They likely suffered concussions, and the head injuries will be something to monitor during the week. Massaquoi is Cleveland's No. 1 receiver on the depth chart and Cribbs plays a big role in Cleveland's offense and special teams. The Browns will be severely limited on offense if both players have to sit out more games.

What's next: The Steelers will face a stiffer test against the Miami Dolphins on the road. It will be Roethlisberger's first road game since violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. He received a warm welcome in Pittsburgh Sunday but could get heckled next week. The road doesn't get any easier for the Browns, as they will face the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. The game could mark McCoy's second career start, as veteran quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme will continue to rehab ankle injuries.

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