Monday, November 23, 2009

Kansas City Gets it Done and AFC North does NOT

What I win for Kansas City, what a win for Oakland, a nice win by Indy and a good win for Detroit. The AFC North that was considered last week to be the best in the league didn't win a single game this week. Kansas City and Oakland took out Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Indianapolis and Detroit took out Baltimore and Cleveland.

But the problem for both Baltimore and Pittsburgh in their games was special teams. Pittsburgh allowed Kansas City get a Kickoff return for a TD on the opening drive and Baltimore missed a field goal that would have won the game (remember this also happened to the Ravens against the Vikings it was the Kicker who last it. Cincinnati lost a stinger to Oakland when with 48 seconds left they allowed backup QB Bruce Gradkowski to hit a 39 yard TD and then Andre Caldwell fumbled on the kickoff to give Oakland the 20-17 win. Then Kansas City down by 10 at half time rallies lead by a 94 yard interception return by Andy Studebaker (who started in place of injured Mike Vrabel) and then tied the game to send it to over time. Then a 57 yard reception by Chris Chambers set up a Ryan Succop field goal to win the game.

So the once powerful AFC North doesn't win a game and Pittsburgh may be without Roethlisberger and back up Charlie Batch for the rest of the season which would mean young Oregon QB Dennis Dixon would have to start and if he got hurt they are out of QB's. Meanwhile The Ravens don't have a kicker after releasing Matt Stover this season (Stover was also the one that kicked the game winning field goal against the Ravens. So the AFC North better get themselves together or it will be a long year. Not to say that they won't rebound but Ravens have a packed schedule, Steelers may be without a QB, you never know if Cincinnati will become the Bungles again as it usually happens in December and Cleveland just plan stinks.

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