Joe Flacco fights to take over Cleveland Magic from Cincinnati


And veterans on both sides of the ball have committed costly penalties. For offense, WR Corey Davis and Bengals CB Eli Apple got into a scramble game at the end of a passing play. Each reached for the other’s face mask and Davis was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Instead of third-and-6 at the Bengals 14 with 10:30 left in that two-run game, he moved up to third-and-21 at 29, then on fourth down Flacco lost his second fumble. Davis’ penalty wasn’t the final nail in the coffin, but it was one of them.

Flacco was asked about some veterans making mistakes in this game and didn’t disagree.

“Any time you lose a game and you’re not able to advance as much as you want, it’s tough,” he said. “You have to look in the mirror and make sure you’re doing everything you can to move the team forward. At the same time, you don’t want to push, overdo it, do other people’s jobs. I think the The message to veterans is that it’s just about doing your job, being there for the guy next to you.When we all work together, that’s when it works.

Well said and well executed against the Browns, not so much against the Bengals. Whether Flacco will get another chance to test this approach remains to be seen. The idea was that if all goes well on and off the practice field, QB Zach Wilson would return as the starter for Game 4 in Pittsburgh, which is next Sunday. Wilson was limited in practice, but all of his work there and during pre-game warm-ups looked good.

“You might know more than I do,” “Joe Cool” told reporters when asked if he knew if he would get another Steelers start. “I’m just going to keep my head down, keep working and do what I can do for the team no matter what.”

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