WEEK 11: AFC Match-up’s
Pittsburgh is on the ‘bye’ this weekend, here are the other match-up’s in the AFC North:
Jacksonville (3-6) @ Cleveland (3-6)
Here’s another week where Cleveland faces a true threat from the backfield in Maurice Jones-Drew. Cleveland has a host of injuries, none worse than their bruising running back Peyton Hillis and he’s been ruled out already for this match-up. Cleveland botched a few special teams plays this year and it cost them games. If your a Browns fans you don’t like where this team is going. Jacksonville may be in a rebuilding stage, but they are looking like the stronger team in this match-up.
Key Match-Up: Jones-Drew vs. Cleveland’s run defense: Cleveland has a talented secondary, ranked 1st in the league, but the front cannot stop the run, they rank 30th in rushing yards allowed (142.8). RB Maurice Jones-Drew averages 4.5 yards a carry. Jacksonville’s offense ranks 11th in rushing yards per game at 121.4
Forecast: Gloomy for Browns fans–after a promising start this team is not improving.
Projected score: Cleveland 13 – Jacksonville 23
Cincinnati 6-3 @ Baltimore 6-3
Big game for both teams. The Ravens blew a chance to separate themselves in the division last week with a loss in Seattle. Cincinnati has to be happy with Rookie Andy Dalton’s progress and receiver A.J.Green provides explosiveness downfield. Green is a game time decision.
Key Match-up: Ray Rice/Flacco vs. Bengals defensive front. The Bengals defensive front has been stout versus the run (ranked 2nd) and they get after the quarterback. Most of their sacks have come from defensive lineman this year. They have 11 sacks in the past two weeks.
Forecast: Stormy at the Bank. I don’t like Baltimore in this game and wouldn’t be surprised if they lost. The Bengals are playing better on both sides of the ball– their defensive line is for real. Baltimore might have the edge just because they are playing at home. The Ravens offense doesn’t make a lot of sense lately; Ray Rice and the rushing attack has fallen to 22nd in the NFL—a mind-boggling stat. Baltimore’s defense has been stingy in the redzone and that could be huge in this game.
Projected Score: Cincinnati 20 – Baltimore 23