AFC Report

<b>Bengals-Warrick Likely to Sit</b> <br><br> Starting receiver Peter Warrick continues to be bothered by a sore shin and is unlikely to play against the Browns this Sunday.

Fourth-year receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh will likely see a majority of the playing time in Warrick's slot position this week. When the club goes to their nickel package, second-year receiver Kelley Washington will play out wide with Houshmandzadeh inside.

Browns-Green The Starter in Name Only

Head coach Butch Davis said last week that third-year running back would remain the starter at the position and stated that the club would have a running back by committee. However, as we noted weeks ago, second-year back Lee Suggs would be the featured back and that's been the case in the first two games that he returned from injury.

Why would Green open up the game as the starter?

Having Green open up the game as the starter keeps his fragile mindset interested in the game and it will show him that he still is an important part of the team.

Ravens-Taylor to Handle Load In Lewis's Absence

With starting running back Jamal Lewis serving a two-game suspension, the team will turn to third-year back Chester Taylor to handle the rushing load. Look for Taylor to handle the passing situations and for about 13-15 carries.

Second-year back Musa Smith will come in after Taylor and should handle 8-10 carries. Smith, who is the bigger back of the two, might wind up handling some of the short-yardage situations.

Raiders-Collins' Mechanics off

If you want to why veteran signal caller Kerry Collins has thrown for six interceptions and just one score in his two starts for the club, look no further than his mechanics.

According to a league insider who has watched film of his first two starts for the Raiders, Collins is throwing off his back foot at times and isn't using proper footwork. This is a sign of not getting enough practice time earlier in the season. In a sense, he's not throwing the ball as he normally would, he's more or less lobbing the ball at times to his receivers.

Titans-Important Time for Berlin

With second-year receiver Tyrone Calico (knee) on the shelf for most of the remainder of the season, fourth-pro Eddie Berlin moves in to take his place as the club's no.3 receiver.

Berlin has already caught more passes this season than in any other and had career highs in catches for a game (3) last week against the Packers and he also scored his first NFL touchdown.

Berlin will enter 2005 on the last year of his contract and he'll continue to see plenty of playing time the rest of the way. His performance is key in having a chance any getting an extension after the season.

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