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AFC North roundup: Bengals go to 2-0, Browns score upset

After two weeks, it appears the AFC North will be one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL.

Andy Lyons

It looks like a top-to-bottom battle is beginning in the AFC North.

The Bengals gave quarterback Andy Dalton a contract extension before the 2014 season started, and through two games, he's rewarded the team for doing so. Dalton has been sharp in back-to-back wins over Baltimore and Atlanta, and his play is a big part of why the Bengals sit at the top of the AFC North at 2-0.

Dalton was 15-for-23 for 252 yards and a touchdown in Cincinnati's decisive 24-10 win over the Falcons in Week 2, giving Dalton a passer rating of 105.4 through two games. With wide receiver A.J. Green sitting the game out with an ankle injury, Cincinnati walked past the inconsistent Falcons, and have a chance to move to 3-0 with a game against Tennessee in Week 3.

Cleveland upset the visiting New Orleans Saints 26-24 Sunday, largely stifling New Orleans' passing game and getting a field goal at the end of regulation to move to 1-1. Just a week after their comeback bid against Pittsburgh was spoiled, the Browns appear to have all things working in a positive direction, making them one of the bigger surprise teams of the league. They'll host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3.

With the Steelers' loss to the Ravens Thursday night, Cincinnati sits at the top at 2-0 with the Steelers, Browns and Ravens all at 1-1. Pittsburgh is at Carolina on Sunday Night Football in Week 3.