The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens both had their byes this week and that means the only two AFC North teams in action on Sunday were the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns.
The Bengals played the Washington Redskins in London on Sunday and that game ended in a 27-27 tie as neither team could manage a score during the overtime period.
Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins blew a chance to win the game for his team with 2:13 left in overtime when he missed a 34-yard field goal to the left.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed 27 of his 42 pass attempts in the game for 284 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the tie. His lone scoring threw went to tight end Tyler Eifert, who ended the game with 9 catches for 102 yards.
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green led all pass catchers Sunday with 9 receptions of his own for 121 yards.
The Cincinnati defense wasn’t great on Sunday at Wembley Stadium as they allowed Washington to register 546 total net yards of offense. The Redskins, however, were only 1-of-4 in the red zone in the game and incurred 15 penalties for 106 yards on Sunday.
The tie now means the Bengals are 3-4-1 on the season entering their Week 9 bye.
As for the Browns, they lost 31-28 to the New York Jets Sunday at home after initially leading the game 10-0 in the first quarter and 20-7 at halftime.
In the loss, Browns quarterback Josh McCown completed 25 of his 49 pass attempts for 341 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Both his touchdown passes went to wide receiver Andrew Hawkins.
The Browns defense had problems Sunday controlling the Jets running game as they allowed 171 net yards on the ground during the game. Jets running back Matt Forte rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns while his backfield mate, Bilal Powell, rushed for another 76 yards and a score.
Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed just 16 of his 34 pass attempts in the game for 228 yards with one touchdown. That scoring throw went to wide receiver Quincy Enunwa with 8:15 left in the third quarter.
After scoring 20 points in the first half, the Browns were nearly shutout during the final 30 minutes of play. Their lone second half score came with 12 seconds remaining in the game when McCown connected with Hawkins from one-yard out.
The (0-8) Browns only rushed for 68 yards in Sunday’s loss.
In Week 9, the still winless Browns will host the Dallas Cowboys. Also in Week 9, the Ravens will host the Steelers.