The most important numbers from the week that was:
55. This is the franchise record number of points that the Baltimore Ravens scored in week 10 against the Raiders. Granted, the Raiders have one of the worst defenses in the NFL but it is certainly a good sign that the Raven offense was clicking this well heading into the most important 3 game stretch of the season. This week the Ravens aren’t going to score 50 points but will they be able to beat the Steelers minus Big Ben?
6. This is the number of years it’s been since Byron Leftwich has had significant playing time in the NFL. Leftwich will be the starting quarterback for the Steelers this week in their most important game of the season thus far. Roethlisberger sustained a rib and shoulder injury and will not play this week and is unlikely for the next couple weeks. The Steelers are certainly capable of winning with Leftwich at the helm, but their defense and running game is going to have to come up big.
1. This is the number of touchdowns given up by the Bengals defense against the defending Super Bowl champs and their vaunted offense. It seems that Marvin Lewis’ defense is finally hitting his stride after holding Eli Manning to 215 yards and no touchdowns while picking him off twice. The Bengals could be a dark horse playoff contender this year. With winnable games for the next 3 weeks it could very well come down to the last 2 weeks when they take on the Steelers and Ravens.
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89. This the number of rushing yards that the Browns are averaging this year. After selling the farm to get trade up and get Trent Richardson this isn’t exactly what they had in mind. This is a large part in the reason for the struggles this season. No one expected Brandon Weeden to sling the ball all over the field and win games. They need to rely on their running game but, so far, the running backs have let them down.