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AFC North Roundup Week 1: Steelers find themselves in tough spot heading into Week 2

Taking a look around the AFC North heading into Week 2.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

With Week 1 of the NFL schedule officially in the books, 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 every 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 the 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 1 Results

Baltimore Ravens — 47
Buffalo Bills — 3

The Ravens beat up the Nathan Peterman-led Bills, and looked good doing it. Was this more about the Bills being awful or the Ravens being better? Only time will tell...

Cincinnati Bengals — 34
Indianapolis Colts — 23

It looked like the Bengals would be handed an 0-1 record to start the season, but then a crazy change of events took place. Andrew Luck completed a pass to his tight end, only to see it fumbled and the Bengals return it for a score — all in the waning minutes of the game. Give them credit for being resilient, but the verdict is still out on the Bengals — just like every other NFL team at this juncture in the season.

Pittsburgh Steelers — 21
Cleveland Browns — 21

The two division rivals tied, and if you’re reading this, you already know how ugly this game was.

Week 2 Schedule

Baltimore at Cincinnati (TNF)
Kansas City at Pittsburgh (Sunday, 1:00 p.m.)
Cleveland at New Orleans (Sunday, 1:00 p.m.)

AFC North Standings

Baltimore Ravens - 1-0-0
Cincinnati Bengals - 1-0-0
Cleveland Browns - 0-0-1
Pittsburgh Steelers - 0-0-1

Let us know what you think about the divisions after Week 1 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?