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Around the AFC North: Week 8


CINCINNATI (4-2-1)**: The Bengals were expecting a battle with the Ravens and weren't disappointed either with what they got from Baltimore or with their response.

"It was a 'no flinch' game," Coach Marvin Lewis said after the Bengals' come-from-behind, 27-24, victory on Sunday. "I told them all week, 'I've got the score, you just play.'"

That included playing through mistakes, and no one heeded that advice better than Bengals QB Andy Dalton.

A Dalton fumble set Baltimore up to take a 21-20 lead with 6:36 left in the fourth quarter. And a Dalton interception on Cincinnati's next snap positioned the Ravens to up their advantage to 24-20 with 4:05 remaining in regulation.

But Dalton and the Bengals came back with a 10-play, 80-yard drive in 3:02 that concluded with Dalton sneaking into the end zone for what would become the game-winning touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 1:01 left.

"He can just block it out and go," Lewis said of Dalton. "That's one of Andy Dalton's best qualities. Other than his accuracy passing the football, it's his ability to block out the negative play and just keep going."

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The Bengals scored three rushing touchdowns against the Ravens, including two by Dalton … Ravens QB Joe Flacco didn't throw a touchdown pass and was intercepted twice, which dipped his all-time numbers at Paul Brown Stadium to five touchdowns and 11 interceptions in seven games … Cincinnati DT Geno Atkins had his first full sack since he tore his ACL last Halloween night at Miami.

BALTIMORE (5-3): The Ravens thought they had stolen Sunday's game back from the Bengals in the final seconds when Flacco hooked up with WR Steve Smith on what appeared to be an 80-yard touchdown, but the play was called back due to offensive pass interference on Smith.

"Joe threw a great ball, things happen," Smith said. "Ultimately you hope you don't allow plays like that to dictate the determination of a win or loss."

LB Terrell Suggs had this to say to regarding the play: "I got to admit, offensive pass interference, that's a pretty (gutsy) call considering the situation. But we're over it."

LB Daryl Smith attempted to quickly turn the page after the hard-to-swallow loss to Cincinnati.

"It's disappointing," he said. "The only thing we can do is go back and watch the film and get ready for Pittsburgh.

The Ravens lost CB Jimmy Smith (foot sprain). He was carted off the field during Cincinnati's opening drive … Flacco has thrown seven interceptions this season, five when WR Torrey Smith has been targeted … Baltimore was swept by Cincinnati for the first time since 2009.

CLEVELAND (4-3): The Browns didn't manage a touchdown until the fourth quarter against the winless Raiders, but Cleveland also didn't give up a touchdown until just seven seconds remained in its 23-13 victory.

The Browns also had fewer first downs (19-15), fewer total net yards (387-306), and less time of possession (34:52-25:08).

One of Cleveland's issues at present is how to run the ball without C Alex Mack. Since he was lost to a knee injury against the Steelers on Oct. 12, the Browns have started two players at the position (John Greco and Nick McDonald) and have averaged 1.96 yards per carry on 55 attempts.

Another injury popped up in the second quarter against the Raiders when TE Jordan Cameron left the game (concussion).

Cleveland's four wins through seven games match last season's total, and what the Browns were able to amass in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011 … QB Brian Hoyer threw for 275 yards and had a passer rating of 111.5 against the Raiders … LB Paul Kruger had all three of Cleveland's sacks against Oakland.

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