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AFC North Recap: Week 3 has the Steelers staring up at the rest of the division

The Steelers were the only losers in Week 3, and the 2020 champs are currently in the proverbial basement.

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The third 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 - 26
Chicago Bears - 6

Justin Fields had his first start as a professional, and let’s just say it didn’t go well. In fact, it wasn’t just Fields, the Bears could do absolutely nothing on Sunday vs. Cleveland. Was it all the Browns’ defense, or were the Bears purely inept? I’d suggest the answer is in the middle. Nonetheless, the Browns have won two straight, and look like a difficult team to beat heading into Week 4.

Baltimore Ravens - 19
Detroit Lions - 17

In a game where the Lions held a 17-16 lead with under a minute remaining, Lamar Jackson was able to get the offense into field goal range. To be honest, just one kicker’s field goal range. Justin Tucker is an amazing kicker, and arguably the best to ever kick field goals. His 66-yard field goal wasn’t just the new NFL long, but was off the iron, the crossbar, and in. A deflating loss for the Lions, but a big win for the Ravens. Good teams find ways to win ugly games.

Cincinnati Bengals - 24
Pittsburgh Steelers - 10

This game might have been the dud of the week, and I feel bad for anyone who watched it who wasn’t a fan of the Bengals or Steelers. The Steelers gift wrapped the win for Joe Burrow and company, and give credit where credit is due, the Bengals made the plays when necessary. Plain and simple, the Steelers aren’t a good team right now. Can that change? They have 14 games to do it, but at this point the fan base isn’t confident, and why should they be?


AFC North Standings

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


Week 4 AFC North Schedule:

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars — Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET (TNF)
Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland Browns — Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens — Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers — Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET


A look ahead...

Next three opponents for all AFC North teams:

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