AFC North – Week 5 Update

By Kate Arhar (aka Cleveland Kate) // @ClvlndK8

After years of tough competition and league-leading stats, the AFC North seems to have fallen on hard times.  Through four weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers are at the top with a predictable 3-1 record.  They are currently ranked 5th on the Bleacher Report Power Rankings. Then, there’s the REST of the division. Down at #22 we have the Baltimore Ravens (2-2), at #23 the Cincinnati Bengals (1-3), and, pulling up the rear as usual, my Cleveland Browns (0-4).

Pittsburgh’s only loss so far came in overtime vs the Chicago Bears. They look good. Really good. Going to the Playoffs and maybe the Super Bowl good. (Man it hurts just to type that!).  They host a tough and improving Jacksonville Jaguars team this week but their offense, which has put up a division-leading 90 points so far, is up to the challenge.

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Week 4 – Third and Short Fantasy Podcast

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by Wanda Wiedman & Cleveland Kate // @WandaW63  & @ClvlndK8

While the NFL shook up the world with its #TakeAKnee, we have survived week 3 with quite a few upsets but managed to stay true to our picks.

Last week Kate suggested that sitting the Pittsburgh Steelers defense against the Chicago Bears offense would be ideal and boy, was she right! But if you took heed to our suggestions when we said to start Chris Thompson and sit  Jeremy Maclin.…you’re welcome.

So let’s get started with this week’s fantasy Starts!

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Packers Rally To Beat Bengals in OT

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78

Sunday, September 24: 24-27 Win

This game wasn’t going to be easy from the start. Green Bay was playing without several key starters: wide receiver Randall Cobb, defensive end Mike Daniels, left tackle David Bakhtiari, defensive back Kentrell Brice, cornerback Davon House, and linebackers Jake Ryan and Nick Perry. Adding to the stress of injured players, the temperature made this game the warmest in team history.

If you haven’t been following Cincinnati’s season, you wouldn’t know they came into this game at 0-2. They were aggressive from the start and had a 21-7 lead come halftime. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times and hit more than 10 times, and most shockingly, the Bengals forced a pick-six when cornerback William Jackson intercepted a pass from Rodgers to wide receiver Jordy Nelson, leading to a 75-yard touchdown. It’s pretty impressive when you think about it. Rodgers has been in the league for 10 years, and this only the second time he’s thrown an interception that’s turned into a touchdown. Another impressive stat? With this win, Aaron Rodgers has now beaten every NFL team. Except, of course, the Packers.

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Packers Thrilling Victory

 By Sueli Loiola  // @Su_firstavenger
What a game ladies and gentlemen!  I suppose the Packers like to have some emotion and it doesn’t matter what time of the season it is.  All us Packer Fans clearly remember the last two seasons. The Packers tend to not have good starts to the regular season.  The season really gets started for the Packers after the fourth week.  It’s almost like the first games are an extended preseason.  
After those first four games, something happens and the team gets stronger and more confident on the field.  All the players showed a sort of excitement, confidence and a different spirit during the game, training and the whole league.  I know that nobody in Lambeau stops believing in a victory before the game has finished.  And I believe that is what happened yesterday.

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