After a disastrous opening night beatdown at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals rebounded to claim round-1 of the Battle of Ohio, as they defeteatd their in-state rivals in the Cleveland Browns by a score of 34-27 to put the Bengals at 1-1, while the Browns fell to 0-2.
By days’ end, the Bengals were tied for first-place after the Ravens lost a 24-23 thriller to the Philedelphia Eagles. QB Michael Vick had a good game throwing for 371 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, while rushing for 34 yards and a TD. Ravens QB Joe Flacco finished the game with a quarterback rating of 66.8 after going 22/42 for 232 yards with a TD and an INT. RB Ray Rice had 152 total yards.
The Pittsburgh Steelers would rebound from their week 1 loss by grounding the New York Jets. After the Jets took an early 10-6 after moving up and down the field, the vaunted Steelers defense awoke, holding Jets QB Mark Sanchez to 5/19 passing from that point on and Ben Roethlisberger picked apart the Jets defense en route to a 27-10 victory. Roethlisberger finished 24/31 for 275 yards and two TDs. The Steelers rushing offense continues to be a concern, as they accounted for only 66 yards on 28 carries, a 2.4 ypc average.
As of now, the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals stand at 1-1 in the division, with the Browns sitting at 0-2. The next AFC north matchup won’y come until week 4 when the Ravens host the Browns on Thursday night football.