With Week 9 of the NFL schedule is officially in the books and 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 10 Results
New Orleans Saints - 51
Cincinnati Bengals - 14
The Bengals were without some big name players. Vontaze Burfict and AJ Green were among those not in the lineup, but when you are coming off a bye week and get your doors blown off at home — things aren’t good. The Bengals have fired their defensive coordinator after the loss to New Orleans, but the bigger issue resides with the head coach.
Cleveland Browns - 28
Atlanta Falcons - 16
The upset of the week wasn’t the Titans over the Patriots, in my opinion, it was the Browns upsetting a hot Falcons team in Cleveland. Don’t look now, but if the Browns continue to be competitive for the remainder of the regular season, I could see the Browns taking the interim tag off of Greg Williams and giving him the job moving forward.
Pittsburgh Steelers - 52
Carolina Panthers - 21
Plain old but whoopin’. That’s all that needs said about this Thursday Night Football fiasco for Cam Newton and the boys.
Week 11 Schedule
Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars — 1 p.m. ET Sunday
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens — 1 p.m. ET Sunday
Cleveland Browns — BYE WEEK
AFC North Standings
Pittsburgh Steelers - 6-2-1
Cincinnati Bengals - 5-4
Baltimore Ravens - 4-5
Cleveland Browns - 3-6-1
Let us know what you think about the division after Week 10 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?