Another week of NFL action is in the books for the four teams who call the AFC North home, and after Week 3 has concluded things are still as jumbled as ever in the division. The Cincinnati Bengals played the Baltimore Ravens in the first head-to-head divisional game of 2015, the Pittsburgh Steelers played the St. Louis Rams on the road while the Cleveland Browns hosted the Oakland Raiders.
Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (0-2)
Final Score: Bengals 28 / Ravens 24
The Cincinnati Bengals continued their perfect streak with a victory at M&T Bank Stadium over division rival Baltimore, and despite some ugly play at times were able to move their record to 3-0 and stay atop the division standings. The Ravens record turned South to 0-3 and has them remaining in the basement of the division looking up at the other three teams. The Ravens now travel to Pittsburgh on a short week to play the Steelers on Thursday Night Football.
Cleveland Browns (1-1) vs. Oakland Raiders (1-1)
Final Score: Raiders 27 / Browns 20
Josh McCown's return to the Browns lineup didn't go quite as planned, and quite possibly could have caused fans to be asking for Johnny Manziel to return as the start in Week 4. Nonetheless, the Browns weren't able to defeat a surging Raiders team anchored by Derek Carr and Amari Cooper as the Raiders improved their record to 2-1, while the Browns fell to 1-2. Their record places them third in the division, but in jeopardy of falling out of contention with the undefeated Bengals continuing their winning ways.
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-1)
Final Score: Steelers 12 / Rams 6
It was an ugly win for the Steelers, but what made it worse was the loss of Ben Roethlisberger in the third quarter of the game. Roethlisberger injured his left knee, which was later determined to a sprained MCL and a 4-6 week injury, which placed a shroud over the victory for the Steelers as they won their second of back-to-back games and their first road victory of the season. The Steelers now have to get Michael Vick prepared to quarterback the team throughout Roethlisberger's absence starting with a Thursday Night Football game at Heinz Field vs. the Ravens.
AFC North Standings:
Cincinnati Bengals: 3-0
Pittsburgh Steelers: 2-1
Cleveland Browns: 1-2
Baltimore Ravens: 0-3