And then there was one...at least for now.
After the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore Sunday, the Steelers have taken sole possession of first place in the lackluster AFC North. However, that wasn’t the only action which took place in the division this weekend. The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals went head-to-head, and the Browns seemed to have reached new lows.
Before we get into each game, let’s update the AFC North Standings after Week 4:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers - 3-1
2. Baltimore Ravens - 2-2
3. Cincinnati Bengals - 1-3
4. Cleveland Browns - 0-4
Pittsburgh Steelers - 26
Baltimore Ravens - 9
With both teams coming off horrendous losses in Week 3, and the Ravens coming back from London, no one really knew what to expect from this game. The Steelers hadn’t won in Baltimore since 2012, but you had a feeling they were due for a good performance. They got that performance, but it was just that — good, not great. While the offense put up 19-points in the first half, they easily could have had over 20 at the midway mark. The third quarter was a disaster, they did just enough to win in the fourth quarter.
Solid win for the Steelers, really bad loss for the Ravens. Still, you got the feeling the Steelers could have easily hung 40 on the Ravens in Week 4.
Week 5 Opponents: PIT vs. JAX / BAL at OAK
Cincinnati Bengals - 31
Cleveland Browns - 7
At least the Browns scored a 4th quarter touchdown. Being shut out at home would be devastating, even for the Browns. Speaking of the Browns, with all that young talent, it seems as if they are regressing, rather than progressing. Not the best news for Hue Jackson, who has tied himself to the young talent on the team.
On the other side, the Bengals finally remembered how to put points on the board, but I’m not sure if this says more about the Bengals getting back to what they do best, or if this says more about the inept Browns. Either way, this ‘Battle of Ohio’ was as bad as you think it was...
Week 5 Opponents: CLE vs. NYJ / CIN vs. BUF