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AFC North Weekend: Cleveland Browns Still Turning Heads

August 22nd, 2011 at 4:03 PM
By Chuck Chapman

Colt McCoy continued to shine this preseason throwing three first half touchdowns in a wild game eventually won by the Detroit Lions 30-28. The Browns led, however, 21-13 at the half behind McCoy's strong showing. This is the second year signal caller's second impressive performance starting off 2011. The Browns running statistics were inflated by an 81 yard third quarter touchdown dash by Armond Smith. Besides that run, the Browns only managed 54 yards on the ground. The Cleveland defense surrendered 176 yards to Detroit.

Ray Rice was celebrating after he broke off a 26 yard touchdown run against the Kansas City Chiefs. Baltimore would eventually win this game 31-13, although the game was tied 10-10 at the half. Joe Flacco threw for 124 yards including 68 to new receiver Lee Evans, but only connected on 12 of 24 throws. The Ravens defense was strong, harrying Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel into a six of 14 performance for only 73 yards.

The Pittsburgh Steelers rebounded after a lackluster first game and defeated cross-state rival Philadelphia 24-14. Ben Roethlisberger was sharp, completing eight of 12 passes for 125 yards and two TDs. Pass protection issues have carried over from last year, however, as Big Ben was sacked twice in the first half. The Steeler defense picked off Michael Vick three times and limited him to a five of 12 showing for only 47 yards. The Steeler running game was also a force, picking up 144 yards on the night. Their run defense wasn't gashed as it was against Washington in game one, but still surrendered over five yards per carry to the Eagles front line backs.

Tags: Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Colt McCoy, Football, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ray Rice

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