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Week 2 AFC North Recap: Bengals alone at the top, but face big divisional game in Week 3

The AFC North is one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL, and it seems as if 2015 will be no different. Take a look at where teams stand in the AFC North after Week 2.

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Week 2 is officially in the books and the AFC North is a crap-shoot of teams still searching for solid footing within the division. The Cincinnati Bengals sit alone atop the division with a 2-0 record, with the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers tied for second with 1-1 records. Shockingly, the Baltimore Ravens have yet to win a game in 2015, leaving them in the basement of the division with an 0-2 record.

See how Week 2 unraveled for the AFC North, and how things may change after Week 3.

Bengals beat the Chargers 24-19

The Bengals faced off against the Chargers in Cincinnati on Sunday and came out victorious. Andy Dalton had an excellent game, throwing three touchdown passes in a game marked by many mistakes, including two fumbles lost by running back Jeremy Hill, who was ultimately replaced by Giovani Bernard as the Bengals' bell cow.

Despite the sloppy game, the Bengals are the strongest team in the AFC North right now with a record of 2-0. Do the Steelers have cause for concern? Not if the Black & Gold offense continues to produce like it did this past week. Nonetheless, the Bengals will play the Ravens in Week 3, so a lot can change within the division in a short amount of time.

Browns beat the Titans 28-14

The Browns have a record of 1-1 after a dismal performance against the Jets in Week 1, and a stunningly competent performance by Johnny Manziel against the Titans in Week 2.

It's hard to tell if the Browns' strong performance was due to proficiency on their part or incompetence on the part of the Titans' offensive line, a unit that allowed seven sacks.

In addition to Manziel, Travis Benjamin had a productive game, targeted for a touchdown and returning a punt 78 yards for a touchdown.

The Browns will play the Raiders in Week 3.

Do the Steelers have cause for concern? I'll keep this one simple: Nope.

Ravens lose to the Raiders 33-37

The loss to the Raiders puts the Ravens at 0-2, the worst record in the AFC North. Does this mean the team is horrible? It doesn't mean anything yet, but there's a chance that the advent of Marc Trestman to the offensive coordinator position and the loss of Terrell Suggs to injury and other key players during the off-season could eventually herald a new era for the Baltimore Ravens. An era marked by losing.

Quarterback Joe Flacco had a decent game, throwing for 384 yards, but also missing a wide open Steve Smith Sr. on a play that could have been a game-changer. The Achilles heel of the Ravens' squad is their defense. Allowing 37 points and 448 yards, the Ravens defense was porous and ineffective, especially compared to previous years' units. All of this against the Raiders, keep in mind.

Do the Steelers need to worry? Again, no. This rivalry is very heated, so that factor alone could make for an exciting AFC North battle, but the Ravens of 2015 are a far cry or "cr-ruck, cr-ruck" from last year.