By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8
The Baltimore Ravens sit alone atop the AFC North after one week due to surprising losses by the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cincinnati Bengals loss to the Seattle Seahawks was only surprising in that the game was so very much closer than anyone predicted.
The Ravens looked amazing, but is that because the Miami Dolphins are worse than advertised? And after all the pre-season hype, are the Browns really this bad?
No one was surprised to see the New England Patriots man-handle the Steelers, yet the complete beat-down was unexpected. And quarterback Andy Dalton put up better numbers than Russell Wilson!!!! How did that happen?
Is QB Lamar Jackson this good or is Miami this bad? The question on everyone’s mind today isn’t simple to answer. I think it’s a combination of both. I don’t see many wins in Miami’s future but at the same time, as more tape is created on Jackson, he’s going to face some tough defenses this year who will be able to stop him. Hopefully head coach John Harbaugh has more tricks up his sleeve.
Next up: traveling to Arizona to face the Cardinals on Sunday at 1:00 pm EST.
The #Ravens are the No. 1 defense after the first week of the season. Oh, they’re the No. 1 offense too.
1) Ravens: 200 YPG
2) Bears: 213
3) Bills: 223
1) Ravens: 643 YPG
2) Saints: 510
3) Cowboys: 494
*Cue the “it was just the Dolphins” comments.
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) September 10, 2019
It was shocking to watch the Bengals lead the way all game. It wasn’t until Wilson hit wide receiver Tyler Lockett for a touchdown to start the fourth quarter that gave Seahawks fans room to breathe. In a division where talk about who would end up on top NEVER included the Bengals, perhaps we need to take another look at this team.
Road Trip to the west coast this week as they travel to San Francisco to face QB Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers Sunday at 1:00 pm EST.
Penalties and Turnovers. Those were the two hug factors in the Browns losing yet another season/home opener. After all the smack talk and hype, giving away 107 yards and four first downs due to penalties in the first half is unacceptable. Add to that having your starting left tackle Greg Robinson ejected to kicking an opposing player while he was on the ground, and, well, the final score doesn’t seem like such a surprise. The mounting pressure caused three interceptions from QB Baker Mayfield which completed the rout.
All eyes will be on the Browns this week when they face the New York Jets in East Rutherford, NJ, for the only game on Monday Night.
2018: Patriots lose week 1 to the Titans by 3+ touchdowns…
Pats win Super Bowl
2019: Browns lose week 1 to the Titans by 3+ touchdowns… pic.twitter.com/M6MuUOjBBA
— Ohio Sports Nation (@SN_Ohio) September 8, 2019
Tough loss for Steeler Nation… on the bright side (yes, there is a bright side), former WR Antonio Brown was cut by the Oakland Raiders and signed by the Patriots. It’s ok because he wasn’t eligible to play this week so the Steelers didn’t have to look across the field at him. With the loss of Brown and running back Le’veon Bell last year, the Steeler offense is going to struggle to find an identity – and it also looks like they will struggle to put up any points.
There’s always next week as they host the Seahawks Sunday at 1:00 pm EST.
Talk AFC North with Kate on Twitter // @ClvlndK8