AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of Oct. 22-26


Wednesday, Oct. 24

!Offensive Line Takes Step Forward
The Pittsburgh Steelers had two backups starting in Sunday night's game against the Bengals, and the line played arguably its best game of the season. Rookie Mike Adams started at right tackle for the first time of the season, and he might have earned a starting job based on his performance. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

!**Holmgren Has Final Press Conference**
Outgoing Browns President Mike Holmgren met with the media one last time on Tuesday, reflecting on his time in Cleveland. Holmgren said that they "did some great things" in their time, but the franchise is still trying to build a consistent winner after three years of his tenure.
[Cleveland Plain Dealer]

!Sanu's Playing Time On The Rise 
Rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu say his most extensive action in Sunday's game against the Steelers and it could be a sign that he will become more of a factor on the offense. The Ravens moved him around on Sunday, and he even took a snap at running back.
[Cincinnati Enquirer]

!**More Changes Could Come For Panthers**
The Panthers recently fired General Manager Marty Hurney, and after the move Head Coach Ron Rivera said that more changes could be on the way. Rivera said that he hasn't ruled out firing assistant coaches or cutting players who are underperforming. [] Tuesday, Oct. 23

!CB Taylor Steps Up His Play
Veteran Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was the subject of criticism heading into last week's game against the Bengals, and he stepped up his play by holding Bengals wideout A.J. Green to just one catch on the night. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

!**Shurmur To Evaluate If Richardson Needs More Time To Heal**
Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is off to a sluggish start and has been slowed by injuries through the first seven weeks of his NFL career. He's dealing with a rib injury now, and Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur said he will evaluate whether Richardson needs additional time to heal. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

!Benching Maualuga Not Part  Of  Plans 
The Cincinnati Bengals will consider making some personnel decisions during their bye week after losing three straight games. Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga, however, is not one of the players at risk of losing his job, Head Coach Marvin Lewis said. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

!**Bears Stuff Lions On MNF**
The Chicago Bears took down the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, strengthening their lead atop the NFC North. The Bears came away with a 13-7 victory, and the Lions struggled with self-inflicted wounds to fall to 2-4 on the season. [] Monday, Oct. 22

!Steelers Rally To Beat Bengals
The Pittsburgh Steelers fell into a 14-3 hole against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night, but they were able to rally and ended up handing the Bengals a 24-17 loss. The win moves the Steelers to 3-3 on the season, and shrinks the Ravens' lead over them in the division. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

!**Mistakes Cost Browns Against Colts**
The Cleveland Browns has opportunities, but they failed to capitalize and ended up falling short against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, losing 17-13. Rookie Josh Gordon dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and Cleveland also botched an extra point in the loss. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

!Bengals Drop Third Straight Game 
By dropping Sunday's game to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals lost their third game in a row and now have significant room to make up in the AFC North race. The loss stings for the Bengals, who had a chance in front of their home crowd and a national TV audience to make a statement.
[Cincinnati Enquirer]

!**Patriots Rally To Top Jets**
The New York Jets had the Patriots on the ropes, but couldn't put them away and New England rallied to come away with a 29-26 overtime victory. The Patriots (4-3) moved into sole possession of first place in the AFC East with the win, but the Jets are just one game behind them in the division race. []

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