Bengals: Cincy Rallies for Dramatic Win, But Loses Top Tight End
Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd continues to be a fourth-down annoyance for Ravens fans, as he converted twice on fourth down to help the Bengals come from behind to beat the Falcons, 37-36, in Atlanta. Boyd moved the chains twice on fourth down on the Bengals' game-winning drive and A.J. Green caught a game-winning 13-yard touchdown with 12 seconds left.
The win keeps the Bengals atop the AFC North at 3-1 with a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Ravens.
As excited as the Bengals were about the win, they lost their top tight end in Tyler Eifert to a gruesome broken ankle that would presumably end his season. Eifert had 15 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown so far this season.
Browns: Refereeing Controversy in Browns' Overtime Loss
The Bengals rallied to come back, but the Browns blew a late lead in large part because of two late controversial referee calls.
First, instead of the Browns getting a fumble recovery and potential long return, a turnover was ruled a sack when a referee determined that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's forward progress was stopped.
Still, it looked like Browns running back Carlos Hyde had won the game with a 2-yard run to move the chains, but the spot of the ball was challenged and moved back to force a punt. Carr and the Raiders marched down the field for a game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion with 30 seconds left, sending the game to overtime.
The Raiders missed a 50-yard field goal on their first overtime possession, but Cleveland went three-and-out and Oakland went 70 yards on its next drive to set up Matthew McCrane for a game-winning 29-yard field goal.
The Browns' two losses have been by a combined six points this season, as they could be looking at 4-0 almost as easily as their current 1-2-1 record.
Steelers: Le'Veon Bell Is Coming Back
After taking a 26-14 loss on Sunday Night Football, Pittsburgh woke up not feeling so hot this morning. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook had this headline: "Steelers problems are great, and there are many."
Cook points to the Steelers' run game without Le'Veon Bell, a lackluster second-half offense, Pittsburgh's defense overall and slow starts. The Steelers (1-2-1) are tied with the Browns at the bottom of the AFC North with the Falcons up next, then a trip to Cincinnati.
Update: On Monday night, ESPN reported that Bell plans to return during the Steelers' Week 7 bye, which could put him in line to play in Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns. The