Commentary

FBO: Analyzing two AFC North losses

The Bengals will recover, but issues in Pittsburgh -- special teams, Troy -- will persist

Updated: November 24, 2009, 1:53 PM ET
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
RaidersKirby Lee/US PresswireUh-oh! Same old Bengals again?

Typically in this column, we look at the futures of the teams involved in the biggest upset of the prior weekend. However, when two playoff contenders from the same division lose on the same day, they both deserve attention. The top teams in the AFC North, the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, were favored by more than 20 combined points last Sunday, but both went down in shocking defeat. The performance by the Bengals against the Oakland Raiders appears to be an anomaly, but the Steelers' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs exposed weaknesses that won't be fixed anytime soon.