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AFC North Roundup: Steelers find themselves right in the thick of the division race

Taking a look around the AFC North heading into Week 7.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

With Week 6 of the NFL schedule officially in the books, at least for the AFC North, it’s time to take a look back at those teams who call the AFC North home to see how they fared and what the standings look like after this week’s action.

The first goal for each team in the NFL is to win its division. Doing so guarantees both a playoff spot and a home playoff game, so even these early-season games are important when it comes to divisional rankings.

Let’s take a spin around the AFC North to check on the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Week 6 Results

Los Angeles Chargers - 38
Cleveland Browns - 14

Baker Mayfield injured his ankle while scrambling out of bounds, and although he won’t admit it, it impacted his play on the field. The Chargers simply had too much firepower for the Browns to handle, and you have to wonder if the crazy start to the season for Cleveland is starting to catch up to them.

Pittsburgh Steelers - 28
Cincinnati Bengals - 21

A sweet win for the Steelers, and as they head into the bye week this division could look very different by the time they take the field in Week 8.

Baltimore Ravens - 21
Tennessee Titans - 0

The Ravens tallied 11 sacks against the Titans on Sunday. Yes, you read that correctly — 11 sacks. They were one shy of the NFL record, and this Ravens team might be as inconsistent as the Steelers. Needless to say, when they are on, they are on. It doesn’t look like they will be going anywhere, anytime soon.

Week 7 Schedule

Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 1 p.m. ET kickoff
New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens - 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday Night Football
Pittsburgh Steelers — BYE WEEK

AFC North Standings

Cincinnati Bengals - 4-2
Baltimore Ravens - 4-2
Pittsburgh Steelers - 3-2-1
Cleveland Browns - 2-3-1

Let us know what you think about the division after Week 5 in the comment section below. Do you see this being a powerhouse division? Which teams are contenders and which ones are nothing more than pretenders?