AFC North Week 3 Recap: Entire Division Loses On The Road Sunday


Sunday was a horrible day for the AFC North as all four teams lost in Week 3 on the road.

The Baltimore Ravens took the first AFC North loss early Sunday morning when they were blown out 44-7 in London, England by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed 8 of his 18 total pass attempts for 28 yards and threw two interceptions before being pulled from the game at the end of the third quarter.

The Cleveland Browns were the next AFC North team to suffer a loss on Sunday as they were beaten by the Indianapolis Colts 31-28 on the road. Browns quarterback Deshone Kizer completed 22 of his 47 total pass attempts in the game for 242 yards and threw two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Browns offense also rushed for 111 yards in the loss.

The Browns defense let Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett throw for 259 yards on 24 attempts in the loss. Brissett scored two touchdowns on the ground in the game with both coming in the first half. He also threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton with 5:14 left in the first half to give the Colts a 21-7 lead. Hilton caught seven passes in the game for 153 yards.

The Pittsburgh Steelers also lost Sunday afternoon in overtime to Chicago Bears on the road 23-17.


Bears running back Jordan Howard scored from 19 yards out to win the game for the Bears, who only ran four plays in overtime. Howard finished the game with 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries and the Bears rushed for 220 yards as a team.

Bears quarterback Mike Glennon only passed for 101 yards against the Steelers but it was good enough for his team to get the win. Glennon, who beat the Steelers in 2014 at Heinz Field as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, completed just 15 passes against the Steelers and threw one touchdown and one interception. Only one Bears wide receiver registered a reception in the game.

The Steelers definitely helped the Bears out on Sunday as they turned the football over twice and had a field goal attempt blocked. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fumbled away the football while being sacked in the first half and wide receiver Eli Rogers muffed an early first quarter punt that was ultimately recovered by the Bears.

Roethlisberger, who was sacked three times by the Bears defense on Sunday, completed 22 of his 39 pass attempts in the game for 235 yards and a touchdown. His lone scoring toss went to wide receiver Antonio Brown from 7-yards out with 5:42 left in the first half. Brown finished the game with 10 catches for 110 yards on 14 total targets.

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for just 61 yards on his 15 total carries against the Bears. He did, however, have a one-yard touchdown run with 6:43 left in the third quarter. Bell also caught six passes for 37 yards in the loss.

The Cincinnati Bengals closed out the AFC North’s losing day out Sunday afternoon with a 27-24 road overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers tied the Bengals at 24 with 17 seconds in the fourth quarter when quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected with wide receiver Jordy Nelson from 3-yards out. In overtime, Rodgers hit wide receiver Geronimo Allison with a deep pass down the left side of the field for a gain of 72 yards with 7:30 left in the extra quarter. Two plays later, Packers kicker Mason Crosby hit a 27-yard field goal to win the game.

Rodgers completed 28 of 42 pass attempts in the game for 313 yards. He threw three touchdown passes and one interception.

In a losing effort, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed 21 of his 27 pass attempts in the game for 212 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green caught one of those touchdown passes from Dalton and finished the game with 10 receptions for 111 yards.

In Week 4 AFC North action, the 2-1 Ravens will host the 2-1 Steelers with the outright division lead up for the grabs. The 0-3 Browns will host the 0-3 Bengals for the right to own the cellar in the AFC North.

  • The Tony

    Special teams lost us this one today. That and not being able to wrap up when we tackle

  • CP72

    At the end of day we’re exactly where I thought we’d be….tied with the Ravens. Justt thought we’d both be 3-0.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    the whole team lost today. ben fumbling. rogers muffing the punt. etc.

  • The Tony

    Being blindsided on a strip sack really isn’t Bens fault.

  • pcantidote

    Ben fumbling. That’s funny.

  • PaeperCup

    Hey, we still hold the lead in the division. Big game against Ravens next week.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    he got strip sacked. dunno what youre getting at.

  • pcantidote

    The Tony already told you.

  • JT

    This was a wacky Sunday. I mean, this Raiders game is like if the Bears had a good offense. We’ve achieved basically maximum parity this week.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    still happened. ben’s ball control is his fault. sack or not.

  • Matt

    He held the ball too long looking down field for the home run.

    Probably also wasn’t his fault that he barely completed more than 50 percent of his passes.

    Ben’s performance was meh, at best. The same could be said for the o-line and Bell.

    We are in week 3 and so far our top-5 offensive line has looked average to poor. Our elite QB has looked average. And the league’s best running back has yet to show any signs that he is worth half of the money he was seeking this off-season.

    Some of the blame goes to the coaches, but most has to go to the offense’s star players, with the exception of Brown (who is almost always money).

  • Zarbor

    Once again our Steelers faithful want to make this a team loss. Utter nonsense. Yes they lose as a team but that’s not how they lost. Defense for four quarters held that team to 17 points even giving up tons of rushing yards and not playing great.

    The reason why we lost this game today, let no one fool you, was that anemic offense. The defense pitched a shut out in the second half and Ben and that offense got 10 points. Yup that offense Haley claims can average 30 points. Yes that offense that has a ton of talent but look like a JV squad.

    You all can say what you want but I agree with Ben. He was off, Haley was off, O-line was off so they look like crap. This unit has looked suspect since game one.

  • Michael James

    Of course the whole team lost, but several units were more disappointing than others.
    The defense was bad against the (outside) run, but they actually held the Bears’ offense to 14 points in the regular time and one of those scores came after the Bears were granted very short field.
    This loss was mostly on the offense and special teams. This all-world offense managed freakin 17 points against a very suspect Chicago secondary, while they were granted great field position several times. The special teams not only gave Chicago a very short field after that muffed punt, they also botched an easy field goal and let Chicago make it a 10-point game, while it should have been a 4-point game going into halftime.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Only 18 pass attempts for Joe Cool?!!
    Money well spent, Ozzie!!!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Of course wrapping g up requires use of ones arms. Although overall I agree with you, the game winning run happened because our guy (Chickillo I think) was obviously held right at the point of attack!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Interesting…. You thought the Ratbirds would be 3-0?

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Thanks for the reality check!!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i wouldnt say that. davis looked lost, chick got run straight at and whiffed many times. heyward couldnt shed blocks. fort wasnt doing much. vdub was meh.

  • Michael James

    I get that and despite all that the defense as a whole still only allowed 14 points in the regular time, while 7 of them came of a very short field for the Bears. This should be easily good enough to win, if special teams and the offense only play mediocre against a very weak Bears team. That’s why I blame the offense and the special teams more than the defense.
    While the defense lookes bad, they still somehow came out with a respactable result (only 14 points allowed), the offense and special teams looked bad AND came out with a bad result.

  • Lucious Myers

    only two teams won on the road not including dallas tonight.