AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of Nov 19-23


Wednesday, Nov. 21

!Burress Returns To Beef Up Receiving Corps
The Pittsburgh Steelers brought back former first-round pick Plaxico Burress on Tuesday, signing him to a one-year contract to bring some reinforcements to a depleted receiving corps. The veteran wideout started his career with the Steelers in 2000, and he now has another shot in Pittsburgh. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

!**Browns Looking For Third Win**
The Browns are looking to get their third win of the season by upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns lost another close game Sunday in Dallas, and they are hoping to take advantage of a Steelers team that is down to No. 3 quarterback Charlie Batch. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

!Playoffs In Reach For Bengals 
The Cincinnati Bengals have won in back-to-back weeks and have improved to .500 on the season. At 5-5, the Bengals are just one game out of the final wild card spot in the AFC, and they are looking to finish the season strong and return to the playoffs for the second year in a row. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

!**QB Controversy Brewing In San Francisco **
The 49ers have a quarterback controversy brewing after second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick torched the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. Kaepernick started because starter Alex Smith was out with a  concussion, but he could now be in the mix for a starting role after leading the 49ers to a 32-7 victory. [] Monday, Nov. 19

!Steelers Fall To Ravens 13-10
With both teams battling key injuries, the Baltimore Ravens took down the Steelers 13-10 at Heinz Field on Sunday.  It was a classic AFC North showdown, which was defined by defense and gritty play by both teams. The difference in the game proved to be Jacoby Jones' 63-yard punt return for touchdown in the first quarter.  [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

!**Browns Waste 13-Point Lead**
The Cleveland Browns fell victim to another disappointing loss, as they allowed a 13-point lead to go to waste in Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Browns seemed to have the game won in regulation, but they allowed Dallas to drive down the field to force  OT, where they ended up getting the win. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

!Bengals Take Down KC 29-6 
The Cincinnati Bengals won their second straight game on Sunday, taking down the ailing Chiefs 28-6 in Kansas City. The win improves the Bengals to 5-5 on the season, keeping alive their hopes of competing for a playoff spot for the second straight season. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

!**Patriots Shred Colts **
The New England Patriots showed that they are still a force to be reckoned with t in the AFC, as they shredded the Indianapolis Colts 59-24 in Foxboro. Tom Brady outdueled Andrew Luck, as the rookie has four turnovers in the loss. The win keeps New England atop the AFC East and right behind the Ravens in the conference standings. []

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