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Around the AFC North: Week 6


CLEVELAND** (3-2): The Browns' excitement over beating the Steelers was tempered by the loss of C Alex Mack (broken fibula), among others.

"When you see him get carted off and the whole team comes up to check on him, it shows how much he means to this offense," QB Brian Hoyer said. "In the same sense, we always talk about 'next man up.'"

When Mack went down in the second quarter of Sunday's 31-10 victory over the Steelers, it brought an end to his streak of 5,279 consecutive snaps since being drafted on the first round in 2009. Cleveland slid RG John Greco to Mack's spot and Paul McQuistan took Greco's initial position.

The Browns didn't have NT Ahtyba Rubin and DE Phil Taylor available for the game and lost DE Armonty Bryant and nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams during the game, in addition to Mack.

"I can't be more proud of the group and the coaches on how they handled it," Coach Mike Pettine said. "I can't understate how important this win was for us."

The Browns' three rushing touchdowns against the Steelers upped Cleveland's season total to eight. Cleveland had five rushing touchdowns in all of 2013 … The Browns have outscored their opposition 50-10 over their last six quarters … LT Joe Thomas extended his streak of consecutive snaps to 7,242 since being drafted on the first round in 2007.


BALTIMORE** (4-2): Joe Flacco threw the five fastest touchdown passes since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger (16:03) in the Ravens' 48-17 dismantling of Tampa Bay. Flacco easily bested the 28:09 required of Ben Roethlisberger to throw five touchdown passes in 2007 against the Ravens.

Flacco needed just 13 attempts and 10 completions to get his five touchdown tosses. He finished with a career-best passer rating of 146.0 and became the first Ravens quarterback to throw for 300 yards (306) without being intercepted.

Baltimore's second road win of the season matched its total from 2013 … CB Jimmy Smith became the first Ravens defensive back to register an interception this season … LB Terrell Suggs had his first full sack of the season. Baltimore collected five sacks at Tampa to match its total through the first five games of this season.

CINCINNATI (3-1-1): K Mike Nugent's miss from 36 yards away on the last play of overtime left the Bengals and Panthers tied at 37-37.

Several of the Bengals weren't quite sure what to make of the result.

QB Andy Dalton: "It's a weird feeling. I've never been involved in a tie before."

WR James Wright: "Nobody likes a tie, for sure. I don't like to lose, but I don't like ties, either."

NT Domata Peko: "A tie just seems like it's not good enough. A tie could end up biting us in the tail as the year goes on. But it wasn't a loss."

RT Andre Smith: "This is my first-ever tie, so really I don't know. I'm pretty much looking forward to (Coach) Marvin (Lewis) telling us about it tomorrow."

The Bengals played the Panthers without starting WRs A.J. Green (toe) and Marvin Jones (ankle), then lost MLB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) and OLB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder) in the fourth quarter … CB Adam Jones produced a career-long, 97-yard kickoff return on his first attempt since 2012, a burst to the Carolina 3-yard line with the Bengals trailing 31-24 late in the fourth quarter ... Cincinnati committed 13 penalties for 119 yards against Carolina.

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