Baltimore Ravens: New running back Ty Montgomery had such a whirlwind week that he wasn't even sure what state he was in when media flooded the Ravens' locker room on Wednesday. Montgomery, who fumbled the kickoff preceding a potential game-tying or game-winning possession with the Packers on Sunday, returned to Green Bay facing threats against his family. On Tuesday he learned he was traded to Baltimore for a seventh-round draft pick. "This whole part of the country kind of throws me for a loop. I don't know if I'm in Virginia or what," Montgomery said. Now it's up to the Ravens to help him get his footing in an offense lacking explosive plays, including only one 20-yard run -- a 22-yard scramble by rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson -- this season. "He's one of those guys who can do a variety of things," quarterback Joe Flacco said.
Cincinnati Bengals: Head coach Marvin Lewis didn't mince words about a preliminary self-scout of the team entering its bye week. Lewis excused players until early next week but said there is a lot of work to be done upon their return. "The opportunity for us to evaluate comes at a good time, and to have the guys understand their responsibilities. (The bye week) will be a good time for that," Lewis said. "I'm very disappointed in the way we've played the past two weeks." At 5-3, the Bengals return from their open week to host the New Orleans Saints in Week 10. Even with extra time to prepare, that could be a rugged way to return for a defense that has allowed 500 yards in consecutive games for the first time in team history.
Cleveland Browns: Swagger was underlined in boldface type on general manager John Dorsey's final scouting report of No. 1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield. Not only was his sparkplug energy evident on the field, but in face-to-face interviews with representatives in the Browns' organization, Mayfield came through as an undisputed charismatic leader and face of the franchise. With head coach Hue Jackson fired Monday and a new offensive staff climbing the ladder to replace Todd Haley, Mayfield was asked Wednesday if he can be the player to lead the Browns from their nearly two-decades long malaise. "Bring it on," Mayfield said. "With all the distractions, we will see what kind of men we have in this room -- not what kind of team that we have but what kind of men can handle a distraction the right way -- can come together and focus on doing their job and doing it at a high level against a great team (the Kansas City Chiefs) on Sunday."
Pittsburgh Steelers: Playing with a broken finger can present major challenges for a quarterback, and Ben Roethlisberger will attempt to do just that at Baltimore on Sunday. Cold weather would complicate matters, but the midweek forecast in Maryland called for mid-50s and dry weather at gametime. Roethisberger could wear a glove on his left hand to protect the broken index finger but was mostly effective in the second half last week. "I'm not anticipating it being an issue for him in play or in-game," head coach Mike Tomlin said.
--Field Level Media
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