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AFC North Round-Up; Ravens Look to Bury Steelers in Standings

Isaac Redman

Redman was one of few bright spots in bad Steelers' loss to the Titans.

Last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers survived a tough game at home against the Philadephia Eagles and nearly gained a game in the standings on rival Baltimore. The Ravens however, were able to hold on defeat Kansas City 9-6.

This week the Steelers entered week six heavily favored to defeat the Tennessee Titans in Thursday Night Football and played horribly in losing 26-23. The Ravens now host Dallas today in a game that will certainly be challenging, but will have the extra incentive of putting another nail in the coffin of their arch-rivals from Pittsburgh in the AFC North.

Pittsburgh 23 at Tennessee 26 – Good teams beat bad teams so the translation here is that the Steelers just aren’t real good. The Titans came in at 1-4 and giving up 30 points a game. They seemed the like the team hungriest for a win though in out-performing the Steelers in several key areas. Certainly questionable was Mike Tomlin’s decision to kick a 54-yard field goal with under a minute to go which missed. Leaving the Titans with a short field for a field goal attempt of their own, Matt Hasselbeck calmly guided the team into range for Rob Bironas’ winning kick from 40 yards out.

The rest of week six

Dallas (+3 1/2) at Baltimore – I’m a little surprised this number isn’t higher considering how bad the Cowboys looked last time we saw them against the Bears. I also expect a better performance from Baltimore than we saw last week on the road in K.C.

Cincinnati (-3) at Cleveland – The Bengals cannot afford to look past the 0-5 Browns as they know an angry and emarrassed Steelers team awaits them next Sunday in Cincy.

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