The Pittsburgh Steelers will be playing for first place in the AFC North without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Right arm tucked into a black sling, weary eyes betraying a decided lack of sleep, Ben Roethlisberger tried to stay positive after the worst _ and by far the most harrowing _ injury of his career.
The Baltimore Ravens enjoyed a record-setting day at the expense of the mistake-prone Oakland Raiders, who matched a dubious franchise mark that had not been broached in over three decades.
In what is turning into a memorable year for rookies, Andrew Luck and Doug Martin took the excellence to a record level.
There seems to be something about those plain orange helmets that fires up Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and the Ravens.
The top two running backs were gone. So were two offensive linemen. Safety Troy Polamalu was sitting on the bench along with all those other injured Steelers.
Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson sustained a rib cartilage injury in Sunday's win over Cincinnati.
Eight yards deep in the end zone when he caught the kickoff, Jacoby Jones had an instant to decide: take a knee or run.
Call it addition by omission.