Kevin Gorman’s Who runs the North?: Browns run over Ravens, Steelers beat Bengals |
Kevin Gorman, Columnist

Kevin Gorman’s Who runs the North?: Browns run over Ravens, Steelers beat Bengals

Kevin Gorman
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb runs for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Baltimore.

Just when it looked like the Baltimore Ravens were about to run away with the AFC North, they ran into the Cleveland Browns.

Or, should we say, they were run over by the Browns.

Nick Chubb broke the game open with an 88-yard touchdown run — the longest in Cleveland history — as the Browns cruised to a 15-point victory to pull into a two-way tie for first place.

The Pittsburgh Steelers pulled themselves out of last place by stomping on Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football for their first win of the season.

With the Ravens visiting the Steelers on Sunday and the Browns traveling to the Bay to play the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, the AFC North is about to get interesting.

For now, the Browns and Ravens are in the lead.

But the division could look a lot different come next Tuesday.

Baltimore Ravens

Result: Lost to the Cleveland Browns, 40-25.

Highlights: Lamar Jackson completed 24 of 34 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and rushed for 66 yards on nine carries.

Lowlights: The Ravens had the No. 3 rushing defense but allowed 500 or more yards for the second consecutive game, allowing Chubb to rush for 165 yards and three touchdowns.

Next: The Ravens (2-2) visit the Steelers (1-3) on Sunday.

Cleveland Browns

Result: Beat the Baltimore Ravens, 40-25.

Highlights: Baker Mayfield completed 20 of 30 passes for 342 yards with a touchdown and an interception, connecting with Jarvis Landry eight times for 167 yards.

Lowlights: Although Mayfield put up big numbers in throwing to seven different receivers, he connected with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. only twice for 20 yards. Keeping OBJ and Landry happy every week will be a challenge.

Next: The Browns (2-2) play at the San Francisco 49ers (3-0) on Monday night.

Cincinnati Bengals

Result: Lost to the Steelers, 27-3.

Highlights: The Bengals forced a fumble on the first possession and turned the turnover into a Randy Bullock 28-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. It was all downhill from there.

Lowlights: The offensive line missed left tackle Cordy Glenn and couldn’t protect Andy Dalton, who was hit 12 times and sacked eight times for losses totaling 69 yards. The Steelers had six sacks in their first three games. The Bengals have allowed 19 sacks through four games.

Next: The Bengals (0-4) play host to the Arizona Cardinals (0-3-1) on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Result: Beat the Bengals, 27-3.

Highlights: The Steelers got their running game going, albeit by introducing the wildcat package. James Conner had 42 yards rushing and 83 receiving, while Jaylen Samuels had 26 rushing, 57 receiving and even threw three passes for 21 yards.

Lowlights: The receiving corps remains a mystery. The new offensive formation didn’t involve JuJu Smith-Schuster very much, as he was targeted four times and had three catches for 15 yards. Diontae Johnson lost a fumble but scored on a 43-yard catch. James Washington was targeted once but went without a catch.

Next: The Steelers (1-3) play host to the Baltimore Ravens (2-2) on Sunday.

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Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Kevin by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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