AFC North Week One Division Breakdown

AFC North

The AFC North is one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL and there is a constant shift throughout the season from surprise upsets to playoff implications. Every year, it’s always the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens at the top of the division and then the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals compete to see who won’t be dead last in the division. But this is a new year, a different AFC North. The Ravens have their former rookie QB in Lamar Jackson starting for them as Joe Flacco is gone from Baltimore. The Steelers don’t have Le’Veon Bell or the diva known as Antonio Brown. The Bengals are the Bengals and the Browns shook things up with the acquisition of Odell Beckham Jr. as well as Kareem Hunt. So how did Week 1 go? Let’s go through the games.

Cincinnati Bengals vs Seattle Seahawks

These words haven’t been said in years, but Andy Dalton had a great game for Cincinnati. He threw for 418 yards, that is the first time in his career that’s he has done that. Dalton also completed 35 out of 51 passes with 0 interceptions. Russell Wilson was good as well, 196 yards, 14 of 20 on his passes, 2 TDs, and no INTs. Unfortunately for as good and intense as their defense was getting to Wilson and the Seahawk offense, Cincinnati could not get the job done and lose a heartbreaker. 21-20.

Stud of The Game: Andy Dalton – 35/51, 418 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

Result: SEA 21 – CIN 20

Baltimore Ravens vs Miami Dolphins

This game took the NFL by storm yesterday on both sides of the ball. For Baltimore, Lamar Jackson proved to the Ravens that they don’t need Joe Flacco anymore going near perfect, 17 for 20 in this game with over 300 yards and 5 TDs. As well as WR Marquise “Call me Hollywood” Brown being amazing with 2 TDs over 40 yards in all going for 147 yards. For Miami, it was the most embarrassing loss in recent memory. They were pummeled. The Ravens defense unleashed on Miami, gaining 2 INTs, 1 fumble, and 3 sacks. Baltimore runs Miami into the ground and won. 59-10

Stud of The Game: Lamar Jackson – 17/20, 324 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs

Result: BAL 59 – MIA 10

Cleveland Browns vs Tennessee Titans

The hype was on for Cleveland but that hype really got to the Browns here as they didn’t take Tennessee seriously and that cost them big time. The Titans defense was smothering and frustrated Baker Mayfield, getting to him for 4 sacks, 5 tackles for loss and got 3 interceptions. Mayfield wasn’t good after all. The Browns defense wasn’t prepared for this game either. Tennessee’s Derrick Henry was quite good, rushing for 84 yards and 1 TD as well as going for 75 yards and 1 TD on one play. Marcus Mariota was great for Tennessee as well, 14/24 for 248 and 3 TDs. Tennessee silences Cleveland in this one. 43-13

Stud of The Game: Marcus Mariota – 14/24, 248 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs

Result: CLE 13 – TEN 43

Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots

Tommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Brady. No, that wasn’t a spelling error. The GOAT did what the GOAT does, made plays, made things happen, passing for almost 400 yards in total and no INTS. Brady went 24 for 36 as well. The New England Wide Receiver crew was really good as well with Philip Dorsett getting 2 TDs for 95 yards and Josh Gordon getting 1 TD for 73 yards. Pittsburgh was ultimately silent. Big Ben Roethlisberger was decent 27 for 47 for 276 but 0 TDs and an interception. Patriots beat down the Steelers. 33-3.

Stud of The Game: Tom Brady – 24/36, 341 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs

Result: PIT 3 – NE 33

STANDINGS

  • Baltimore Ravens 1-0
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 0-1
  • Cleveland Browns 0-1
  • Cincinnati Bengals 0-1

TAKEAWAYS

  • Baltimore look dangerous on offense and defense
  • Pittsburgh looks depleted
  • Cleveland needs to fix mistakes
  • Cincinnati needs to close out the game

PREDICTIONS

  • Ravens defeat Cardinals 35-10
  • Steelers lose to Seahawks 35-14
  • Browns defeat Jets 24-20
  • Bengals lose to 49ers 30-13

Stay tuned to All Everything Entertainment as the NFL season goes on and the wild battle for the AFC North crown rages on.

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