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Around the AFC North: Steelers Fall to 0-3 Behind Struggling Offense


Every team in the AFC North lost on Sunday, leaving the Ravens (2-1) still solely atop the division despite Sunday's defeat in Kansas City.

Here's what's going on around the division:

Steelers: Fall to 0-3 With Offense Struggling

The Steelers' season continued to get worse Sunday as they lost in the final minutes to the San Francisco 49ers to fall to 0-3.

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw the game-winning strike with 1:15 left. The Steelers defense got five turnovers (two interceptions and three fumble recoveries), and still lost.

Making his first career start, second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph was 14-of-27 for 174 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He had 76 of those yards on one touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

The Steelers are still looking for a complementary receiver to Smith-Schuster. Running back James Connor was expected to pick up the slack, but had just 43 yards on 13 carries and lost a fumble.

Pittsburgh is 0-3 for first time since 2013 and just the second time since 2000.

The Steelers have rallied from such a start before. They went 8-8 in 2013, for example, but that was when they had Ben Roethlisberger under center. This year, Roethlisberger is on injured reserve with an elbow injury and it will be on Rudolph to turn the season around.

Browns: Baker Mayfield Can't Pull Off Late Magic

The Browns had first-and-goal from the 4-yard line with a chance to tie or win on Sunday Night Football against the NFC champion Los Angeles Rams.

Instead, Baker Mayfield was incomplete on three straight plays, then threw an end zone interception off his back foot on fourth down to seal a 20-13 loss.

Cleveland's defense was impressive against the Rams' potent offense, but Mayfield and the passing attack struggled. Mayfield was on the run for much of the night behind an offensive line that has been the team's Achilles heel thus far.

Mayfield completed just 50 percent of his passes (18 of 36) for 195 yards. He threw one touchdown to go with his one interception. Head Coach Freddie Kitchens took the loss partially on his shoulders, including a puzzling draw on fourth-and-9 near midfield that was stuffed by former Ravens safety Eric Weddle.

The Browns (1-2) are entering a brutal stretch of their schedule. They come to Baltimore next week, then head to San Francisco (3-0), take on the Seahawks (2-1), and go to New England (3-0).

Bengals: Another 0-3 Start With Joe Mixon Slowed

The Bengals fell to 0-3 for the second time in three years, though they did put up a comeback against the Buffalo Bills in a 21-17 loss.

Cincinnati was down, 14-0, at halftime, but rattled off 17 unanswered points to take the lead with under five minutes to play. However, Bills quarterback Josh Allen led a big drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by ageless Frank Gore to recapture the lead.

Quarterback Andy Dalton drove the Bengals back into scoring position, then was intercepted at the 10-yard line to seal the loss. It was his second interception of the game.

One of the biggest surprises for the Bengals so far this season has been the performance of running back Joe Mixon. He had just 27 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards through the first two weeks. Mixon got somewhat on track in Week 3 with 15 carries for 61 yards and two catches for 34 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown.

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