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AFC North Recap: Steelers refuse to go away in the division, and playoff race

After a Week 14 win, and the Ravens continuing to win, the Steelers’ path to the postseason will be as a Wild Card team.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The fourteenth week of NFL football is behind us, and it was quite the week in the AFC North division. With that said, it is time to see how the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns all did in the week that was.

Time to take a look...

Cleveland Browns - 27
Cincinnati Bengals - 19

The Browns are still clinging onto playoff hopes, but a lot would need to go down for them to even be considered in the AFC Playoff Picture. Although the Browns won, you can see the writing on the wall for some major dysfunction within the Browns’ locker room. Baker Mayfield calling out the team’s medical staff, Odell Beckham Jr. injured and not happy in Cleveland. Is Freddie Kitchens a one-and-done? I would bet he is...

Baltimore Ravens - 24
Buffalo Bills - 17

I watched a good bit of this game Sunday, and the first half was ugly on both sides. It was a defensive battle, but you could just see Lamar Jackson wear down the Bills’ defense. Josh Allen was good, but wildly inconsistent. The Ravens lock up a playoff spot, and the Bills could be the 6 seed if they lose to the Steelers at Heinz Field in Week 15.

Pittsburgh Steelers - 23
Arizona Cardinals - 17

It wasn’t pretty, but if you look at it in its entirety this game could have been a blowout if not for two mistakes. The Benny Snell Jr. fumble, and the botched fake punt by Jordan Berry and company. If those two plays don’t occur, the Cardinals likely don’t score 17 points, and the Steelers would have walked out of State Farm Stadium with a smoother win. Nonetheless, the mistakes were made and the Steelers will won. Win and correct.

AFC North Standings

Baltimore Ravens - 11-2
Pittsburgh Steelers - 8-5
Cleveland Browns - 6-7
Cincinnati Bengals - 1-12

Week 15 AFC North Schedule:

Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Jets — TNF
New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals — 1:00 p.m. ET
Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals — 4:05 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills — SNF

A look ahead...

Next three opponents for all AFC North teams:

Baltimore Ravens: vs. Jets, at Browns, vs. Steelers
Cleveland Browns: at Cardinals. vs. Ravens, at Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers: vs. Bills, at Jets, at Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals: vs. Patriots, at Dolphins, vs. Browns