Red-zone opportunities have become points for Ravens
Baltimore Ravens: Red-zone opportunities have become points - specifically, touchdowns - for the Ravens this season. Quarterback Joe Flacco has six touchdown passes in the red zone and Baltimore has six rushing touchdowns in 12 red-zone trips. "We've got good playmakers, and we put a lot of pressure on the defense with the guys that we have out there," Flacco said. "I think 'Buck' Allen has become one of the real legitimate players in this league - kind of quietly. He's become a top-level player."
Cincinnati Bengals: There was no update Monday on wide receiver A.J. Green's groin injury from head coach Marvin Lewis. Green said Sunday afternoon he did not hear a pop but significant discomfort, forcing him out of the game. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said he's not fretting Cincinnati's first loss of the season, because it occurred without Green, running back Joe Mixon and linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Burfict returns from a suspension on Oct. 1. "No panic. No panic," Kirkpatrick said. "I haven't seen a team go undefeated since '72. So, I'm not panicked."
Cleveland Browns: Speculation that teams hit by injury might reach out to the Browns to acquire Tyrod Taylor was shot down by Hue Jackson on Monday. Jackson said the Browns are hopeful Taylor (concussion) is healthy enough to be the No. 2 quarterback at Oakland as Baker Mayfield makes his first NFL start. As for Taylor's forgettable performance against the Jets, Jackson said there is plenty of blame to go around. "We put him in a tough spot - it wasn't just Tyrod." Worth noting, general manager John Dorsey traded the entire quarterback depth chart he inherited in the offseason and continues to seek draft compensation for veteran talent. Most recently, the Browns dealt wide receiver Josh Gordon, a starter in Week 1, to the New England Patriots.