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AFC North Roundup: Steelers face must-win game in Week 3 vs. Buccaneers

Taking a look around the AFC North heading into Week 3.

Kansas City Chiefs v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

With Week 3 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 2 Results

Cincinnati Bengals - 34
Baltimore Ravens - 23

On Thursday Night Football the Bengals jumped out to a 21-0 lead, and the Ravens were forced to play catch-up the rest of the night. This isn’t Joe Flacco’s specialty. It was too little, too late, for the boys from Baltimore.

New Orleans Saints - 21
Cleveland Browns - 18

The Browns could be 2-0 if they had a kicker. The Browns missed three field goals, including a kick to send the game to overtime. Rather than 2-0, they are 0-1-1 and things are looking bad by the lake.

Kansas City Chiefs - 42
Pittsburgh Steelers - 37

This game was a nightmare. No need to rehash it.

Week 3 Schedules:

Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets - Thursday Night Football
Cincinnati Bengals at Carolina Panthers - Sunday 1 p.m. ET
Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos - Sunday 1 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Monday Night Football

AFC North Standings

Cincinnati Bengals - 2-0
Baltimore Ravens - 1-1
Cleveland Browns - 0-1-1
Pittsburgh Steelers - 0-1-1

Let us know what you think about the divisions after Week 2 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?