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Around the AFC North: Weeden, Hall and Harbaugh

Posted Oct 22, 2013

CLEVELAND
The Browns’ second consecutive loss and Brandon Weeden’s performance in it – a 31-13 loss to the Packers in Green Bay last Sunday – had Coach Rob Chudzinski contemplating a change at quarterback.

“At all positions we’re considering (change),” Chudzinski told reporters in Cleveland on Monday. “We do that every week.”

Weeden completed 17 of 42 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown, one interception, and a passer rating of 48.6 against the Packers. He fell to 0-4 as a starter this season and 5-14 for his career.

Jason Campbell was the only other quarterback on the roster as the Browns (3-4) began preparations for a trip to 7-0 Kansas City.

Cleveland’s lone touchdown at Green Bay was set up by wide receiver Travis Benjamin’s 86-yard kickoff return.

The Browns recovered an onside kick after closing to 24-13 with just over six minutes remaining but were offside on the play. They tried again and were penalized for an illegal touch.


CINCINNATI
The Bengals, according to multiple reports, have lost cornerback Leon Hall for the remainder of the season due to a torn Achilles suffered in Sunday’s 27-24 win at Detroit.

Hall was referenced on the Bengals’ website as “arguably the club’s best defensive player.”

Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick are the top backups at the position. Safety Chris Crocker has also played some cornerback in Cincinnati.

The Bengals’ defense took some hits after losing Hall, who went down in the first quarter in Detroit.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 357 yards to snap Cincinnati’s streak of 20 consecutive games without having allowed a 300-yad passer. The Lions converted 13 of their first 17 third downs on the way to a 13-for-19 afternoon (68 percent, the season-high figure against Cincinnati in 2013).

And the Bengals failed to register a sack for the second time in 15 games.

Quarterback Andy Dalton had a career-high passer rating of 135.9. Dalton hit on 24 of 34 throws for 372 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His day included an 82-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Green, part of Green’s six-catch, 155-yard afternoon.

The last time the Bengals (5-2) were alone at the top in the AFC North Division prior to this season was at the conclusion of the 2009 season (10-6).


BALTIMORE

The Ravens aren’t accustomed to being under .500 but found themselves at 3-4 following Sunday’s 19-16 loss to the Steelers.

“We’re at a state of emergency right now,” linebacker Terrell Suggs told CSNBaltimore.com.

If part of the emergency involved the offensive line, the Ravens responded on Monday by trading LT Bryant McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins, according to a report by Jay Glazer. McKinnie was inactive vs. the Steelers, with Eugene Monroe playing the entire game at left tackle.

As for his team's performance vs. the Steelers, Coach John Harbaugh was particularly upset about the Ravens being penalized on an attempted onside kick early in the fourth quarter.

“It's called a bunt, but we had a guy offside, which to me, that’s the unforgivable part of the whole thing,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t want to see a guy offside when we do a surprise onside kick. We talk about it every time we do it.

“It’s all moot. If you’re offside, you’re not going to get it, so that’s the part that ticks me off more than anything.”

Running back Ray Rice had 45 yards on 15 carries against the Steelers, the fifth time in six games this season where Rice has been held to fewer than 50 yards on the ground.

Baltimore’s last three losses have been by a combined eight points.

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