Sep 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green (18) is defended by Oakland Raiders cornerback T.J. Carrie (38) in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals trounced the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, and with the other three teams in the AFC North losing their first games, the Bengals are already alone atop the AFC North. The Bengals showed huge promise against an underrated Raiders team that actually didn’t play as poorly as the score suggested, the Ravens lost a brutal game that they should’ve won in Denver, the Browns were obliterated in an easy matchup against the Geno Smith-less Jets and the Steelers lost a game they were expected to lose against the New England Patriots. Week 1 was a crazy week for football fans that makes all of us excited to see football season back. Here are a few links to takeaways from around the division.
Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
A.J. Green Extension: Contract Details (Stripe Hype)
Baltimore Ravens (0-1)
Ravens: 3 takeaways from Baltimore’s depth chart (Ebony Bird)
Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
Steelers News: Heyward, red zone, Brown (Still Curtain)
Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Cleveland Browns lose to Jets: 5 takeaways from the defeat (Dawg Pound Daily)
It’s just week 1, so anything could happen. But for now, the AFC North looks like it could be up for grabs. Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant are still suspended, Terrell Suggs is out for the season and the Browns are still the Browns. The Bengals only had a couple of negative takeaways from the first week, but a one-game lead isn’t ever secure, especially in the rugged AFC North.
Here are next week’s matchups:
1:00PM ET: San Francisco 49ers (0-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
1:00PM ET: San Diego Chargers (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
1:00PM ET: Tennessee Titans (1-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-1)
4:05PM ET: Baltimore Ravens (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-1)