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AFC North Recap: Steelers are the only team in the division to lose in Week 4

The Steelers were the only losers in Week 4, and the 2020 champs remain in the proverbial basement.

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The fourth 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...

Cincinnati Bengals - 24
Jacksonville Jaguars - 21

This Thursday Night Football game had let down written all over it after the Bengals’ big win over the Steelers at Heinz Field in Week 3, but the Jaguars will jag and gave up the lead in the fourth quarter. A last second field goal gave the Bengals the win, and they remain tied for the division lead after four weeks. Anyone predict that happening? Yeah, me neither.

Cleveland Browns - 14
Minnesota Vikings - 7

In what might have been the ugliest game of the week, the Browns’ defense proved to be too much for Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense. Baker Mayfield did not have a good day at the office, but any time you can have a bad game and still win is a bonus in the NFL. The Browns, despite their shortcomings, are still a very good team, and tough to beat every single week.

Baltimore Ravens - 23
Denver Broncos - 7

The Broncos were undefeated heading into the Week 4 showdown with the Ravens in Denver, but the Broncos lost quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and things went off the rails quickly. The Ravens look like, well, the Ravens, and the Broncos looked like a team who was undefeated by beating teams who had yet to win a game yet. Both are true. The Broncos are lucky though, their next game is against the Steelers in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers have yet to win a game in 2021.

Green Bay Packers - 27
Pittsburgh Steelers - 17

On a day when the Steelers’ offense line does better, the quarterback just can’t make the throws necessary to win. This Steelers team is a fragile group. Penalties, turnovers and mistakes are almost impossible to overcome. It takes not just a team effort to win, but a near perfect game to pull out a ‘W’. The Steelers have been far from perfect this season, and their record proves this. Improvement is likely to happen, but at what point will that take root? It better come soon, or this season will get out of control, more so than it already is.


AFC North Standings

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


Week 5 AFC North Schedule:

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos — Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers — Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns — Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET
Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts — Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET


A look ahead...

Next three opponents for all AFC North teams:

Baltimore Ravens: vs. Colts (MNF), vs. Chargers, vs. Bengals
Cleveland Browns: at Chargers, vs. Cardinals, vs. Broncos
Pittsburgh Steelers: vs. Broncos, vs. Seahawks, BYE
Cincinnati Bengals: vs. Packers, at Lions, at Ravens