The Cincinnati Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese the day after the Bengals lost on Thursday night, at home, in ugly fashion, to an AFC rival (Houston Texans), in part because players complained about him afterward. The Bengals sit 0-2, after losing twice in the first five days of their season. Sound familiar? It should. The Buffalo Bills last year fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman the day after the Bills lost on Thursday night, at home, in ugly fashion, to an AFC rival (New York Jets), in part because players complained about him afterward. The Bills sat 0-2, after losing twice in the first five days of their season. Buffalo finished 7-9, out of the playoffs.
Number of teams last year that made the playoffs after losing at least one of their two opening games, including five division champions (Atlanta, Dallas, Green Bay, Kansas City and Seattle). Since 2002, 60% of playoff teams either started 1-1 or 0-2.
The Baltimore Ravens were once the Cleveland Browns and it seems like they still own their AFC North rival. Since 2008, the Browns have won just once in Baltimore and last year were crushed 28-7 in this matchup.
The biggest favourite of the week “I wouldn’t support that. I don’t know how you’d build an offensive line. I don’t know how you’d begin to block anybody.” — John Harbaugh, Ravens head coach, on the CFL’s decision to ban in-season fullcontact practices.