Around the AFC North: Week 5


CLEVELAND**: In the town were QB Brian Sipe once led the "Kardiac Kids" to a division title in 1980, QB Brian Hoyer and the present-day Browns are waking up such echoes on a regular basis.

Hoyer led the Browns (2-2) back from a 28-3 deficit on the way to a 29-28 triumph on Sunday at Tennessee. The winning touchdown, a 6-yard pass from Hoyer to WR Travis Benjamin, was scored with 1:09 remaining.

Cleveland's first three games had been decided by last-play field goals.

"I think his poise was pivotal for us," Coach Mike Pettine said of Hoyer, who brought Cleveland back from a 27-3 deficit to tie the Steelers at 27-27 late in the second half in the regular season opener.

Hoyer threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and was intercepted once at Tennessee. Dating back to last season his record as the Browns' starting quarterback is 5-2.

"He stays poised, he's focused, relentless," RB Ben Tate said. "He doesn't give up."

The Browns had 278 yards and 19 points in the second half against the Titans … Hoyer's interception was his first of the season and the Browns' first turnover of the season. It snapped a streak of 189 passes without one, the third-longest in Browns history (Bernie Kosar 308, Milt Plum 208).


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CINCINNATI**: The Bengals were in the wrong place at the wrong time when they visited New England for a Sunday night game against the Patriots.

Cincinnati's 43-17 loss dropped the Bengals to 2-8 in prime time/playoff games in the last four seasons (since the arrivals of QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green).

The size of the stage didn't escape the Bengals after suffering their first loss of the season (3-1).

"Any time you lose on national television it's hard to take, but it's not the end of the world," CB Leon Hall said.

Added S George Iloka, "The whole nation was watching and we didn't play Bengals football. We have to lick our wounds, watch the tape and bounce back.

Cincinnati had allowed 33 points in its first three games before surrendering 43 in New England, the first time the Bengals had given up 40 or more since a 44-13 loss at Baltimore in the 2012 regular season opener … Cincinnati's three lost fumbles were its first three of the season … LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion), WR Marvin Jones (ankle) and OG Rob Zeitler (calf) were among the Bengals not to play against the Patriots.

BALTIMORE: A bright spot in the Ravens' 20-13 loss at Indianapolis was the play of rookie LB C.J. Mosley, who contributed 14 tackles and an interception and had a quarterback hit that turned into another interception.

"Some of the plays he made, it's unbelievable," CB Lardarius Webb told "Reminds you of Ray (Lewis) – to me."

Mosley, the No. 17 overall pick in the draft, leads Baltimore (3-2) with 48 tackles through five games.

"It's all about knowing what you have to do, knowing your job and watching film," he told the team's website. "When you know what you're doing you can play fast like that."

QB Joe Flacco hadn't been sacked in three straight games but was brought down more times by the Colts (four) than he'd been dropped all season (three) … NT Haloti Ngata had his team-leading second interception in the Indianapolis game … The Ravens had only 15 first downs, went 1-for-11 on third down (nine percent) and had the ball for just 21:17 at Indianapolis.

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