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Around the AFC North: Week 4


CINCINNATI**: The Bengals emerged as the AFC's only 3-0 team as a result of their 33-7 victory over Tennessee.

Shortly thereafter they began to look past this weekend's upcoming bye and ahead to an Oct. 5 visit to New England, with Coach Marvin Lewis leading the way.

"We will have their attention," Lewis said regarding how the coaching staff intends to handle the players between now and the Patriots game. "We will be traveling to Foxborough to play against one of the best quarterbacks of all time (Tom Brady) and one of the best-coached teams in the NFL year after year.

"Right now we have done what we set out to do, and that was to get off to this kind of start."

Added defensive end Wallace Gilberry regarding the game against 2-1 New England, "This is going to be a big test for us."

The Bengals beat the Titans handily despite having fewer rushing yards (149-116), fewer total net yards (326-300) and less time of possession (31:16-28:44) … Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion) missed the first game of his career … Cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Cincinnati's No. 1 pick, registered his first career sack on his second career defensive snap.

BALTIMORE: Wide receiver Steve Smith came up big in the Ravens'  23-21, last-play victory in Cleveland.

Smith caught five passes for 101 yards, including a 32-yard reception to the Browns' 13-yard line with 44 seconds remaining. Justin Tucker kicked the 32-yard game-winner four snaps later.

"When (head coach) John (Harbaugh) brought me here, he brought me here to make plays and help," Smith told "That's what I'm going to do, make plays.

"It doesn't matter who I'm playing. It doesn't matter what division, what conference. When I accept that jersey I'm expected to make plays. That's what I expect from myself, and that's what I'll do every day."

Smith averaged six catches and 97 receiving yards a game through his first three games with the Ravens.

Tight end Dennis Pitta was carted off the field in Cleveland. The Baltimore Sun reported Pitta suffered a dislocated hip and a possible fracture … Quarterback Joe Flacco hasn't been sacked in the Ravens'  last two games, which were victories over the Steelers and Browns … Running backs Lorenzo Taliaferro (91 yards) and Justin Forsett (63) combined for 154 yards on the ground in place of Bernard Pierce, who didn't play due to a thigh injury ... Baltimore hosts Carolina this Sunday.

CLEVELAND: The Browns led the Ravens, 21-17, entering the fourth quarter but weren't able to finish the game and ended up losing for the second time this season on a last-play field goal.

Cleveland's problems in the final 15 minutes included the offense going 0-for-4 on third-down conversions, kicker Billy Cundiff hitting the left upright from 50 yards out and having a 36-yard field goal attempt blocked, and three-and-outs on its final two possessions in the game's final five minutes.

The blocked field goal was suffered after a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Miles Austin had been nullified because quarterback Brian Hoyer had crossed the line of scrimmage before he threw the ball.

"When it comes down to it, we made a lot of plays but we didn't make them when we really needed to," Hoyer told "In this league you have to do it when it's on the line."

Hoyer has thrown 156 consecutive passes without being intercepted … Cleveland is allowing an average of 153.7 yards per game rushing through three games … The Browns fell to 1-12 against Flacco.

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