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AFC North Preview NFL Week 16

The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Stadium. What are the other two AFC North teams up to?

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers play the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday. One of the Ravens few wins was against the Steelers at Heinz Field, so the Steelers will be looking for vindication, and, of course, a chance to move closer to a playoff spot.

Let's take a look at the two other AFC North teams.

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns (3-11) play Kansas City Chiefs (9-5) this Sunday in Kansas City. The Chiefs have won their last eight games, a streak that started on October 25 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chiefs are extra-motivated since they are currently second in the AFC West and are fighting for a playoff spot. They are also still in contention to win their division.

The Browns, on the other hand, are in the midst of an incredibly dismal season marked by poor on-field play, and embarrassing off-field drama. Most recently, on Christmas morning, two Browns players were arrested with a gun and Adderall in their car. As a result, linebacker Armonty Bryant will be inactive against the Chiefs.

With one of the worst defenses in the NFL and a lackluster offense, the Browns have little hope of beating the Chiefs. Since they are focusing on the 2016 draft, a loss will position them better to draft high-quality talent (or, at least try to).

Cincinnati Bengals

On Monday night, the Cincinnati Bengals (11-3) play the Denver Broncos (10-4) in Denver. Both teams will have backup quarterbacks in the game since Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton hurt his thumb in the Week 14 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Broncos Peyton Manning has been out for much of the season with a foot injury.

Cincinnati still has plenty to play for, as they need to continue their winning ways if they want to claim the AFC North title and a first-round bye in the playoffs. The the Denver Broncos are hoping to hold onto first place in the AFC West and keep the Kansas City Chiefs at bay. In the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers could steal the division title away from the Bengals, with some help, while the Broncos could lose the top spot in the AFC West to the Kansas City Chiefs who haven't lost a game since in well over 2 months.

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense performed surprisingly well against the Denver Broncos defense, but without starting quarterback Andy Dalton, backup A.J. McCarron will likely fare much worse than he did against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15.