By: Adam Purvis ~Staff Writer~
Both the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals won Nov. 2 keeping the AFC North in a tight battle for the top spot this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers took first in the division after defeating the Baltimore Ravens at home.
After the Bengals tied the Carolina Panthers, they struggled against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, ultimately losing 27-0.
The Bengals couldn’t move the ball much on the ground with only 33 total rushing yards.
While the Bengals passing was better this time, Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck was dominant, throwing two touchdowns and over 300 yards. This left Cincinnati’s record at 3-2-1.
In the next two weeks, the Bengals bounced back, taking home a win against the Ravens in Cincinnati.
The running game wasn’t the only thing that was clicking for the Bengals that game, as Dalton completed 21 of 28 passes.
Mohamed Sanu had a decent night for fantasy owners leading the game in receptions and yards with five receptions and 125 yards.
The Bengals took on the Jacksonville Jaguars Nov. 2 and won 33-23.
Bengals’ running back Jeremy Hill had a standout performance, pleasing fantasy owners with 154 yards and two touchdowns.
While the running game performed well, quarterback Andy Dalton still threw touchdown passes to Sanu and A.J. Green to run up the score.
Cincinnati’s defense was critical in the win as well.
It blocked Jacksonville’s punt that rolled out of the end zone to chalk up a safety and two points for the Bengals.
After these needed wins, the Bengals are back in the battle for the AFC North.
The Browns are still in contention too, with a surprising start to the season this year after manhandling the Steelers in week six.
The Browns gave Jacksonville its only win so far this season in a stunning loss, 24-6.
Browns’ quarterback, Brian Hoyer, had a rough game with 200 passing yards and an interception.
In the past two weeks, however, the Browns kept their composure and tallied two victories over the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On Nov. 2 against the Buccaneers, Hoyer led the way with 300 passing yards and two touchdowns to win 22-17.
The Browns and the Bengals face off at 8:25 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Paul Brown Stadium