EARLY BIRD: Ravens have day off, but plenty to watch

EARLY BIRD: Ravens have day off, but plenty to watch
October 27, 2013, 7:00 am

Ravens confident they can improve season after bye

EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens on their bye week Sunday.

Two-minute topic: Will today’s NFL action leave the Ravens (3-4) in better shape, or worse shape, in the AFC North?

The Ravens are off today, but have a major interest in three games. Of course, they will be rooting against their AFC North rivals, the Browns, Bengals, and Steelers. All of them are all in action.

@ Browns (3-4) at Chiefs (7-0), 1 p.m.

The Ravens hope the Chiefs remain undefeated. Jason Campbell will be making his first start for the Browns at quarterback. There is a reason why Campbell has been with three teams in the last four years. Campbell is better suited to be a backup, not a starter, but Brandon Weeden was so terrible in Week 7, the Browns felt they had to make a change. If the Browns win, it would be a huge upset. If the Browns lose, they will fall ½ game behind the Ravens in the division.

@ Jets (4-3) at Bengals (5-2), 4:05 p.m.

The Ravens will be rooting very hard for the Jets. The Bengals (5-3) have won three straight, and have a two-game lead in the AFC North. Although the Ravens still play Cincinnati twice, they may need help to catch the Bengals. This game is one of Sunday’s better matchups. Geno Smith is developing as a rookie quarterback, allowing the Jets to expand their playbook. But he’ll be tested by a strong Bengals’ defense. If the Bengals win and get to 6-2, it will further solidify their case as the team to beat in the division.

@ Steelers (2-4) at Raiders (2-4), 4:05 p.m.

The Steelers refuse to go away, having won two straight, including last week’s win against the Ravens. This won’t be an easy game for the Steelers. Oakland is 2-1 at home, and Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor presents problems as both a passer and a runner. The Ravens couldn’t beat the Steelers last week. Maybe the Raiders can do the Ravens a favor.