Around the AFC North: Week 11


CINCINNATI (6-3-1)**: The Bengals got the bounce-back performance against the Saints they maintained they were anticipating from QB Andy Dalton after a disastrous outing against the Browns.

"We know what we have in Andy Dalton," Coach Marvin Lewis said after Cincinnati's 27-10 victory in New Orleans. "Day in and day out we've noticed that he generally is able to put things behind him and move forward."

Dalton moved forward after posting a career-low passer rating of 2.0 on Nov. 6 against the Browns, and he moved forward well enough to register a career-high 143.9 rating against the Saints. He completed 16 of 22 attempts for 220 yards with three touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

"We have his back no matter what," WR A.J. Green said after his 127-yards receiving day against the Saints. "We respect him as our quarterback."

The Bengals got LB Rey Maualuga back against the Saints but played without CB Terrence Newman (knee), OT Andre Smith (knee), LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) and RB Giovani Bernard (hip/shoulder) … The trip to New Orleans was the first in a stretch of three straight road games for Cincinnati, which next visits Houston and Tampa Bay before hosting the Steelers on Dec. 7.

BALTIMORE (6-4): The Ravens' revamped secondary passed the test against Tennessee rookie QB Zach Mettenberger on Nov. 9 heading into Baltimore's bye last weekend.

The Ravens will next try their luck against QB Drew Brees of the Saints on Monday night and against Chargers QB Phillip Rivers on Nov. 30.

"We were talking about games that we haven't won or haven't played well on defense," assistant head coach/secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo told "It really comes back to one thing: it's been big plays over the top.

"We pride ourselves a lot in our room on not allowing that to happen."

With CB Jimmy Smith on the injured-reserve list and CB Asa Jackson on the IR/designated for return list, S Anthony Levine started at cornerback against Tennessee opposite Lardarius Webb.

CB Danny Gorrer also saw action in the defensive backfield and registered an interception in his first game back with the Ravens after being claimed off waivers on Nov. 4.

Gorrer entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie with New Orleans in 2009 and has since been cut by the Saints, Rams, Saints, Colts, Ravens, Seahawks, Bucs, and Lions. His interception came in his first game with the Ravens this season and the 34th game of Gorrer's career ….Elvis Dumervil's 10.5 sacks heading into the Ravens' bye had him approaching the top single-season sack totals in Baltimore history (Peter Boulware, 15, 2001; Michael McCrary, 14.5, 1998; Terrell Suggs, 14, 2011).

CLEVELAND (6-4): The Browns welcomed WR Josh Gordon back from his 10-game suspension this week with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

"It's a significant amount of time not having contact and being apart," Coach Mike Pettine told "I just don't know if you walk back in and are able to be functional."

WR Andrew Hawkins figured Gordon would function well enough to help regardless of how much time he's missed.

"I can't wait to have him back," Hawkins told "You put him on any (of the) 32 rosters, it's a significant upgrade."

The Browns released disgruntled RB Ben Tate after he carried twice for minus-9 yards in last Sunday's 23-7 loss to Houston … The injury news wasn't good in the wake of the Texans game. The Browns anticipated LB Karlos Dansby (knee) could be lost for up to a month and LB Jabaal Sheard (ankle) could be lost for longer than a month. This came in the aftermath of the Browns losing DL Phil Taylor (knee) to the injured-reserve list prior to the Houston game.

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