I’m Tiera Dobbins, N The Zone Network‘s newest NFL contributor, and I want to welcome you to the first edition of “The Dobbins Report.” This week let’s focus on the AFC North.
The Cleveland Browns have gone into 4 overtimes in the last 6 weeks and Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker missed his first PAT in his career, it is spooky times in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers enjoyed their Bye week during Week 7 and due to losses of their divisional foes came out on top of the AFC North.
Although LeVeon Bell is still a no-show, the Steelers are now sitting at #1 in arguably the toughest division in football.
Week 7 is now behind us and Week 8 started last night with a somewhat interesting matchup, but finally, Brocktober is almost over! Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans had a field day with the Miami Dolphins defense. Watson threw for 5 touchdowns in their 43-23 win over the Dolphins. Though the Texans won their fifth consecutive game, Texans WR Will Fuller tore his ACL.
So, for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Steeler Nation there are two questions: Can the Steelers remain in the #1 spot? And Where is LeVeon? The most important question is, can the Steelers remain leading the AFC North?
In Week 8, the Steelers will face the Cleveland Browns. Another tough AFC North matchup for some diehard fans. These two teams have met for their Week 1 opener the last few years and whether they meet in Heinz Field or First Energy Stadium the black and gold usually comes out victorious. Their meetup in September, both teams somewhat wrapped up Week 1 both victorious… kind of. Browns and Steelers ended regular overtime tied 21-21, now week 8 is here and it’s time to make this division even more interesting.
Since Week 1 one thing has remained the same and that is there is still no Le’Veon Bell. But Pittsburgh has been doing just fine with running back James Connor surprising not just the NFL but his own team; even getting a shout out from Bell after the Steelers 28-21 defeat over the Cincinnati Bengals.
As for the Browns in Week 1, Tyrod Taylor started as QB against the Steelers defense, but now we have Baker Mayfield bringing the spark the Browns have needed.
This 1:00 p.m. matchup will be another great game to grab a Pumpkin Beer or an IPA to see how the cards fall in this AFC North Matchup! Maybe Le’Veon will be doing the same.
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