Bengals Sit Alone Atop AFC North After Two Weeks

Thanks to a convincing home win Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons, the Cincinnati Bengals now sit atop the AFC North after two weeks of action with a 2-0 record.

The Bengals beat the Falcons 24-10 despite losing wide receiver A.J. Green early in the game to toe injury and kicker Mike Nugent missing three field goals.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was 15-of-23 passing for 252 and a touchdown in the game and running back Giovani Bernard chipped in 169 yards from scrimmage.

In other AFC North action, the Cleveland Browns notched their first win of the 2014 season by beating the New Orleans Saints 26-24.

The Browns drove 85 yards on 14 plays on their final possession and kicker Billy Cundiff drove home the 29-yard game-winning field goal with six seconds left in regulation.

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer was 24-of-40 passing for 204 yards and one touchdown in the win.

Next week, the Bengals will host the Tennessee Titans while the Browns will host the 1-1 Baltimore Ravens. The loser of that game will have two division loses just three games into the 2014 season.

As for the Pittsburgh Steelers, they will play the 2-0 Carolina Panthers on the road next Sunday night. The Panthers beat the Detroit Lions 24-7 at home Sunday and held wide receiver Calvin Johnson to just six catches for 83 yards in the game.

The Panthers defense also managed to sack Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford four times in the game and picked him off once.

  • WilliamSekinger

    All AFC north teams won this week…except the Steelers. Excuse me, I think I just puked in my mouth a little.

  • pdupuis

    @WilliamSekinger:disqus: I’ll puke a lot in my mouth after I say this. The Bengals have the defense we used to have.

  • alevin16

    It is not looking good at all. I know it is a long season but we are one clutch drive away from being alone at the bottom of the AFC North.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    This defense hss got to turn it around the coach has got to start mccullers tuitt and spence and shamarko just to get a look at we we can be on that side of the ball I know it still early but let them go through the growing pains as far as offense goes I think we will be fine if we have an running games identity because that’s when ben went 15/1 in his first yr Don’t have him try and do too much only pass when he needs to to keep the def honest jmo

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    I said that to say this we do have talent (young) on this team and theres no doubt in my mind that we are better than the last 6qtrs suggests

  • Paddy

    Hope the Steelers aren’t embarrassed in Charlotte this coming Sunday

  • JAMESH

    I hope you have low standards.

  • Crazy Bone

    I picked the Steelers for 3rd in the division because I thought the Browns would really struggle without Gordon. I may have to change that to the Steelers being last.

  • dave

    Bengals look really good, Sanu is their Hines and their d is sick. The Browns will beat the Ravens this week on their way to a second place finish. The Ray Rice saga will hold down the Ravens and once Big Ben gets hurt the Steelers will have a top 5 draft pick.

  • Jason Vancil

    Good thing Titles aren’t won in Week 2.

  • Jason Vancil

    On a side note, Lamarr Woodley is really lighting it up in Oakland. 1 Tackle in 2 games. Same for Ziggy Hood in Jacksonville.

  • Jones

    So basically, throw in a bunch of newbies with next to no experience and known issues with technique, bench a bunch of veterans on the D just 2 weeks in, and have our 11 year QB (top 5 in the league) “not do too much”. Solid plan. I’ll phone the Rooney’s now and let them know you’ve figured it all out for them.

  • ScottB

    And the Bengals are clearly the best team in the division

  • ScottB

    if you’ve watched this team since 2012 you likely do

  • DoctorNoah

    Curse of the HBO Hard Knocks for Falcons? I think Bengals start losing quickly if Green is out for a while

  • DoctorNoah

    Here, here

  • DoctorNoah

    Wait, are you suggesting we shouldn’t fire Dick LeBeau after two games and start only rookies???!!! 😉 I’m with you

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    Really you think shamarko can do any worse than Mitchell or that tuitt w ill be even worse than cam or Spence won’t do just as good if not better than shazier when you get the Rooney’s on the line make sure you put me on three-way it’s football people not rocket science if other teams can start their rookie why can’t we they have to learn sooner or later

  • Milliken Steeler

    Well, we can pencil it Gilbert for a couple of sacks allowed. Hopefully we can shut out the rest. lol

  • Milliken Steeler

    Do you play the bonehead card reader in real life, or just online?

  • Milliken Steeler

    Because, last year you planned on them starting 0-4 and finishing 8-8 for second place in the division. So naturally after this years 1-1 start…..smh

  • Zumwalt Fan Club

    Its going to be interesting to see what god awful teams the Steelers lose to this season.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Well…we beat the Browns, who just beat the Saints so…..I’m gonna say after two games, ill hold off on canceling the season.

  • Rick

    Amen!

  • Rick

    No doubt! They r definitely the team to beat. Steelers will finish third in the division.

  • Rick

    Their D will keep them in most games.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    And just to give you a heads up the Rooney’s want us to be more of a running team

  • Steve

    Running the ball is not a problem we have.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    That’s my point exactly

  • Steve

    Glad we didn’t keep their tired butts around for another useless year.

  • Wing t

    I am with you a big zumwalt fan.

  • Steelers@2010

    LMAO!

  • The homie Todd

    Kyle fuller second interception in two games, we sure could use some of that play making..

  • Steelers@2010

    Sorry guy; the defense is sorry, weak and not mentally tough at all. However, they have 14 games left to prove me wrong, I hope they do too.

  • Steelers@2010

    Dude! I see an old fashion but whipping next Sunday night.

  • steelster

    So the lions could only score 7 points on the panthers. When was the last time the steelers were shutout.

  • sean mcmartin

    Unfortunately The bengals have passion and talent on defense. The Steelers D is soft.

  • Steve

    Look at all the fair weather fans come out.

  • steelster

    Aren’t you more concerned about the offense. We knew the defense would struggle.

  • sean mcmartin

    I am more concerned about defense. They have no Secondary help coming, Troy is not making plays , mitchell is so far a bust, The Front seven is not very good. On offense you have Ben and AB ,heath, decastro, pouncey, replace gilbert and they are in way better shape than the D. Cannot tackle,Not being able to stop the run, cover a TE, let every wr have a 10 yard cushion..its just pure insanity they have no counter plays to the stretch/play action pass

  • ApexSteel

    He wasn’t even an option…

  • ApexSteel

    You guys are pathetic… I don’t think I’ve ever seen fans of a team pack up the season in week 2. Like we’re 1-1 and somehow y’all are already in panic mode.

  • ApexSteel

    Yeah man. Last place no doubt. I mean what could we do? Develop young talent and try to let this team gel as a unit? Maybe even make a few changes? NAHHHHH it’s week two man. It’s too late for that. Season’s over.

  • steelster

    Do you think the Steelers will beat the panthers?

  • Ike Evans

    In other annoying ass news …..kyle fuller had 2 picks against SF tonight….smh

  • joed32

    Why is that annoying, he was drafted ahead of our pick?

  • Donte Williams

    apex steel thank you i can see the faireather fans are out and in full effect cause all these nasayers were the same ones riding the Steelers Jock to the Super Bowl against the packers. man i swear week two stop panicing we are 1-1 abetter record than 0-4 which we know we wont be this year. If we can finish this quarter off 3-1 thats a good start i had us losing to the Ravens in B-More just not in that fashion and to be honest that J Brown fumble in the redzone was a 10-14 point swing. our offense is still with out our slot receiver, and neither was 4.26 out there. our running game is in pure beast mode that Bell is horse. yes gilbert got beat by dummerville but Dum is not slouch either. as far as the defense ya’ll gotta give off this secondary BS you know bump and run is not LeBeuas thing to do they play off if you have been watching Steelers games. yes we have a rookie in Shaz starting but he also is playing decently give him time, Tuitt will be ok and if McClendon is out this week look for Big Ton to be out there. its onnly week 2 and we lost to a pissed off Ravens team at their place lest see how theyy finish this quarter off first before we start throwing in the towel. gotta break the season down in quarters not games

  • steeltown

    Actually, sad to say but I had us losing to the Ravens in Baltimore as well, just not so decidedly.

  • ApexSteel

    I don’t know. See I don’t have a good view of what kind of team this is because it’s only been two games, but if we don’t oh well. It’s would be three weeks into the season. It’s not the end of the world.

  • SteveM2

    I’m not at all liking the CB-WR matchup problems which Carolina will pose for us.

  • Ike Evans

    Yea same as revis 1 pick b4

  • ApexSteel

    I’m not worried about that as much as the run game.

  • joed32

    Now I see what you mean.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    And out of Ben’s career he’s been great when our identity was running the ball and he passed less look at the superbowl yrs and his rookie yr genius

  • Jones

    Ben had the best year of his career (individually) last year and we weren’t effective at running the ball.

    Also, don’t sarcastically call me “genius” until you learn how to punctuate at at least a third grade level.

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    How can you say that we weren’t effective running the ball when bell almost ran for a thousand yards after missing the the first three games and I take that back your not a genius after all

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    But to your credit ben did have a good yr last season that’s one thing we can agree on