The Steelers Keep Giving Away Leads Late in Games and More AFC North News

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVOctober 19, 2012

The Pittsburgh Steelers' concerns surrounding their performance this season keep mounting. There are the injuries they are dealing with, their seeming inability to win on the road and the lack of the run game.

And, according to Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, you can add to that squandering fourth-quarter leads.

In four of their five games, they've given up the lead, and they've also done so 11 times since winning the Super Bowl in 2008. Their defense, in particular, needs to find ways to play strongly through all four quarters—it keeps giving up not just touchdowns, but third-down conversions in the final 15 minutes of the game.


Baltimore Ravens

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun says that missing cornerback Lardarius Webb is going to hurt the Baltimore Ravens defense more than not having linebacker Ray Lewis on the field.

Bleacher Report's Steele Sanderson is looking to the future and breaking down five 2013 draft prospects who could ultimately replace Ravens safety Ed Reed.


Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall, who tore his Achilles tendon in Week 10 of last season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, is looking forward to taking the field against the divisional rival this Sunday, reports Kevin Kelly of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Bleacher Report's Chris Roling breaks down the worst of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's interceptions this season; he's thrown nine thus far.


Cleveland Browns

It's not just interceptions that have kept rookie Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden from living up to his full potential thus far. According to Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, his numerous batted-down passes have also hindered his ability to hit his receivers.

Andy McNamara of Bleacher Report wonders who the best rookie Browns defender has been thus far this season.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rolled his ankle in practice on Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Mark Kaboly and Alan Robinson. The injury isn't serious, though it is to the same foot that he broke two years ago.

Chris G. of Bleacher Report gives three reasons as to why the Steelers may struggle against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.