AFC North Week 9 Recap

By Annie Kelly

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

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The Cincinnati Bengals (8-0) won against the Cleveland Browns (2-7) 31-10 in Cincinnati Thursday night. This is the first time in team history that the Bengals have gone 8-0, and are currently placed first in the division. The Bengals are now only the 33rd team in NFL history to be 8-0 and only the 22nd team in the Super Bowl era. The Browns, on the other hand, are placed last in the AFC North. The Bengals defense did not allow the Browns to score one single point in the second half. The team was also never able to clench the lead from the Bengals all game. The Browns only managed to get 32 yards and two first downs. On top of being sacked three times just in the fourth quarter, Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel finished 15 out of 33 for 168 yards. “I’m pretty upset,” Manziel said of his performance. “We had momentum coming into the second half. We just didn’t have enough.” On the other side, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes to tight end Tyler Eifert. Dalton averaged 11 yards per play and had 234 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also ran six times for five yards and was sacked twice by the Browns. Dalton passed six times each to Eifert for 5 receptions and 53 yards, wide receiver Marvin Jones for 5 receptions and 78 yards, and wide receiver A.J. Jones for 4 receptions and 53 yards. The Bengals play against the Houston Texans Monday night while the Cleveland Browns head to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a divisional matchup.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders

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The Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4) beat the AFC West Oakland Raiders (4-4) 38-35 when Chris Boswell kicked an 18-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The game started off with momentum on the Steelers’ side, but the tide shifted in the fourth quarter when the Raiders began to catch up. Wide receiver Antonio Brown set both a personal and franchise record in the game with 17 catches for a total of 284 yards, which include his 57-yard run that gave kicker Boswell the 18-yard set up for the final score that won the game. DeAngelo Williams, second-string running back in for Le’Veon Bell, also had an amazing game, running for 170 yards, two touchdowns and 55 yards receiving. Combined, Williams and Brown had 531 yards out of the team’s total 597. On the downside for the Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got injured (again) halfway through the fourth quarter. Second-string quarterback Landry Jones made an appearance once again on Heinz Field for the last minutes of the game. Roethlisberger left the game with an injured left foot and was taken off the field for an MRI. Head coach Mike Tomlin says they plan on starting Landry Jones against the Cleveland Browns this coming Sunday, but have not ruled Roethlisberger out yet. “I can walk on it,” Roethlisberger said of his foot. “I’m not running around or anything. But the smart thing to do, from what the [doctor] has told me and the trainers, is to kinda keep ice on it and get the swelling out of it and just kind of rest it, let it heal.” The Pittsburgh Steelers face off against the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon and the Raiders take on the Minnesota Vikings.

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4 thoughts on “AFC North Week 9 Recap

    1. You are a gifted writer, beautiful, talented Anne!! Your interest and knowledge of your subject is quite evident. Congratulations!! . So-o-o-o-o-o much love, g-ma K.,

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