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September 30, 2008

NFL: AFC News


BALTIMORE: Under the leadership of rookie head coach JOHN HARBAUGH, Baltimore has a 2-1 record and boasts the NFL’s top defense. Led by linebacker RAY LEWIS, the Ravens’ defense has allowed a league-low 186.7 yards per game…Through three games, rookie quarterback JOE FLACCO is building chemistry with veteran wide receiver DERRICK MASON, who aims to join DERRICK ALEXANDER (1995-96) as the only receivers in franchise history to record back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons.

BUFFALO: Led by second-year quarterback TRENT EDWARDS and a stout defense, the Bills are off to a 4-0 start as they aim to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999…Running back MARSHAWN LYNCH has led a steady rushing attack. Lynch has four touchdowns and is on pace to tie O.J. SIMPSON (16 in 1975) for the most rushing TDs in Bills history…Wide receiver LEE EVANS is in his fifth season in Buffalo and leads the team with 332 receiving yards. The veteran receiver is on track to surpass his career-high of 1,292 yards in 2006.

CINCINNATI: Pro Bowl wide receiver T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH has been an example of consistency. Houshmandzadeh leads the Bengals with 266 receiving yards and is on track to reach the 1,000-yard mark for a third consecutive season…Named the starting running back prior to the season opener, CHRIS PERRY has 208 rushing yards and is on pace to gain over 800 yards for a career-high.

CLEVELAND: With an offensive line led by former first-round pick JOE THOMAS, JAMAL LEWIS (235) is on target to become the first Cleveland running back to gain 900 or more yards in consecutive seasons since MIKE PRUITT in 1981…On the defensive side of the ball, veteran safety MIKE ADAMS (2) and second-year cornerback ERIC WRIGHT (2) are on pace to tie for the third-most interceptions in franchise history (8).

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