KRYK SLANTS:

Ottawa Sun - - SPORTS -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.