The Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 42-21 Sunday, giving them three divisional wins to two losses, and an 8-5 record overall. That's good enough for 12th place in the NFL, according to SBN's Danny Kelly. The Ravens, with an 8-5 overall record but a 2-3 record in the AFC North, are 10th. Cincinnati, with an 8-4-1 record, leads the division and have the 13th overall spot.
It has been that kind of year.
He also rates all three teams as "second tier," which seems fair.
You can make arguments for shuffling the Cardinals, Cowboys, Lions, Ravens, Chargers, Steelers, and Bengals (and I'm sure you will), but each club has distinct strengths and weaknesses that put them in this group.
Pittsburgh will take on the NFC South-leading (tied with Carolina) Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in Week 15.