The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field in Week 6 in an unexpectedly successful effort. At 4-2, the Steelers are no second in the AFC North. The Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Ravens also played this week. Let's take a look at how well they did and where they stand in the AFC North.
Cincinnati Bengals Defeat the Buffalo Bills 34-21
Surprise! The Bengals are still undefated at 6-0. Their latest victory was at the expense of the Bills in Buffalo. While Buffalo has also been hit by the injury bug, the Bills are still a formidable team. By "formidable" I really mean "they aren't as horrible this year as in past years."
The Bengals have a history of falling apart, so it remains to be seen if they can sustain this level of performance throughout the season and into the postseason. For now, however, they are third in the league in total yardage per game with 410 and are fourth in points per game at 30.3. In Week 6, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had another strong week with three touchdown passes. Unable to connect with the well-covered A.J. Green, Dalton availed himself of other resources: Marvin Jones, Tyler Eifert, andJeremy Hill.
Cleveland Browns lose to the Denver Broncos in Overtime 26-23
The Browns had a chance to win, and as often happens with the Browns, they were unable to maintain positive momentum. The Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning once again seemed to suffer from Weak Arm Syndrome, failing to connect with receivers and throwing several interceptions.
For a while, it seemed the Browns would pull off of a victory, having staged a strong comeback in the fourth quarter that tied the teams up for overtime. The loss puts the Browns at 2-4. They are now ranked third in the AFC North behind the second place Steelers.
Baltimore Ravens Fall to 1-5 after Loss to the San Francisco 49ers
The Baltimore Ravens were able to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they could not pull out a victory over one of the worst teams in the league, the San Francisco 49ers. The loss indicates that the Ravens too are one of the worst teams in the league. At 1-5, they sit at the bottom of the AFC North.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was 33/53 with 343 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. The team was lead by running back Justin Forsett who had 62 yards rushing and 39 yards receiving. Wide receiver Steve Smith was back on the field and had a rather successful game, tallying 137 yards and a touchdown. Justin Tucker was 2/3 on field goals. He missed one as the 49ers' home turf at Levi's Stadium collapsed under his foot.
The Ravens lost 20-25 against a team that has struggled on all fronts. This does not bode well at all for the Ravens 2015 season.