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Around the AFC North (1/16): Ravens' Nagging Issues, Zimmer Still the Favorite

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In today's edition of Around the AFC North, we take a look at Baltimore's issues against the Texans, who the favorite for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job is, and how Steelers fans reacted to seeing the Patriots decimate the Broncos.

Baltimore Ravens: Issues Against the Texans

Despite winning over the Texans, Baltimore Ravens fans know they had some big issues on Sunday. Those issues included the lack of a pass rush, the lack of a strong running game, Baltimore's pass protection, and the lack of a spark in the return game. With all those things considered, it's not every day you still come away with a playoff victory.

Cincinnati Bengals: Zimmer the Favorite for Dolphins Job

Although Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin could be available to be hired by the Dolphins fairly soon, there’s increasing chatter in league circles that the Dolphins are presently leaning toward Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

I wonder how much of a dropoff the Bengals' defense would take if they lost Zimmer.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Broncos Lose Big Time to Patriots

From Behind the Steel Curtain:

Regarding Tom Brady, other than the interception, he was a surgeon. This may have been aided by the fact that the Broncos played a zone defense against New England, which is like trying to put a fire out with gasoline. Didn't get that strategy at all. But maybe that's because the Broncos were one of the worst teams to ever find their way into the postseason. At any rate, this sure makes the Steelers loss last week even harder to take.