Welcome to "Who Dey" Day here on the AFC North blog. The Bengals look to stay in the playoff hunt when they play at the Eagles on Thursday night. I will be making the drive up to Philadelphia this afternoon and post a column after the game. Now, here's your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Quarterback Joe Flacco said he was "definitely stunned" by the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron this week and characterized the reported friction between him and Cameron as overblown. “Listen, Cam has done so much for my career," Flacco said, via The Baltimore Sun. "He brought me here and trusted to bring me here, first of all. He’s just helped me every year I’ve been here, so I’ll never forget that. He’s been great for me." But the more telling comment came from left tackle Michael Oher, who said Flacco “seems like he’s happy about [the change]. I’ve seen him smiling. I’m pretty sure he’s OK with everything.”
STEELERS: Coach Mike Tomlin addressed Rashard Mendenhall's one-game suspension for the first time since disciplining the running back. "Last Sunday, he was not at the game," Tomlin said, via The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I deemed those actions a detriment to our efforts. I stated as such when I met with him, and there were going to be repercussions of it. We had a good visit, he accepted it. He looks forward to coming back and rejoining this team on Monday and being a positive contribution to our efforts the rest of the way." According to the Post-Gazette, Mendenhall told teammates he did not know he had to be there.
BENGALS: One reason why the Bengals have won four of their past five games is their ability to get off to fast starts. In the first quarter of the last five games, Cincinnati has outscored opponents 52-9. The Bengals lead the NFL in first-quarter scoring differential (plus-61), according to CBS Sports. “I think the mentality is we have a little bit of a killer instinct in the sense that we are trying to come out and win football games outright,” offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “We feel like we can't lose a game. We put ourselves in the situation, we understand that. That's really the attitude we have.”
BROWNS: With the Browns playing their last two games on the road, Sunday could be Josh Cribbs' final appearance in a Browns uniform at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Cribbs is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and hasn't had negotiations with the team on a new contract. Does Cribbs think this will be his final home game in Cleveland? "I've put a lot of thought into it," Cribbs told The Plain Dealer. "I'm going to give a little something extra special and try to put on a show."