Week ten of the 2012 NFL Season is in the books and the Baltimore Ravens still sit atop the AFC North with a one game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers. AFC North teams went unbeaten in week ten as the Ravens, Steelers, and Cincinnati Bengals were all victorious and the Cleveland Browns were on their bye week. All four teams will be in action in week 11, including a huge Sunday Night football matchup between the rival Ravens and Steelers.
First, as always, we will begin with the division leading Baltimore Ravens as they hosted the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore punched Oakland right in the face and blew them out of the building routing them 55-20 and never had a lead that was less than a touchdown after they scored a touchdown on their opening drive. Although the Raiders held Ray Rice to just 35 rushing yards, quarterback Joe Flacco had a spectacular day completing 21 of 33 pass attempts for 341 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in three quarters, as back-up Tyrod Taylor played the fourth quarter with the game out of hand. The Ravens defense held the Raiders to 20 points, despite the fact that Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer had a good game throwing for 368 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, as Baltimore's defense kept Oakland from scoring a touchdown in their three red zone trips. The Ravens improve to 7-2 on the season with the victory.
Next, the Pittsburgh Steelers were almost victims of the biggest upset of the week, if not the year, but pulled out a 16-13 overtime victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. The victory did not come without a loss though, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down in the third quarter after a big hit that saw him drilled into the ground right onto his throwing shoulder, and word out of Pittsburgh yesterday is that Big Ben has a SC shoulder sprain, which is the same injury Brett Favre had that forced him to end his consecutive game streak. The Steelers are officially labeling him as questionable for Sunday's game, but it is extremely unlikely he will be able to play. The weather was gloomy all night and Pittsburgh, honestly looked awful, and had trouble stopping the run allowing Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles run for 100 yards and a touchdown. Officiating was in the spotlight as well as several questionable calls were made, and most in the Steelers favor. Bottom line is that Pittsburgh came away with the victory and remain just one game behind Baltimore for the division lead at 6-3.
Lastly, the Cincinnati Bengals did pull off one of the bigger upsets of the day beating the visiting New York Giants 31-13 in a game that the Bengals had complete control of the entire game. The defense held Giants quarterback Eli Manning to 215 passing yards and zero touchdowns with two interceptions. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton returned to form completing 21 of 30 pass attempts for 199 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions. Cincinnati led 17-6 at halftime, but scored 14 unanswered third quarter points to take a demanding 31-6 going into the fourth quarter.
All four AFC North teams will be in action in week 11:
- Cleveland Browns (2-7) at Dallas Cowboys (4-5) Sunday at 1pm
- Cincinnati Bengals (4-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-8) Sunday at 1pm
- Baltimore Ravens (7-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) Sunday at 8:20 pm
It will be a great week of AFC North football in week 11, with the marquee matchup being the big rivalry matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Here is how the AFC North standings look after week ten:
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