The AFC North entered Week 8 with the Cincinnati Bengals sitting pretty in first place with a perfect record, the Pittsburgh Steelers lagging behind in second and the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Raves bringing up the rear in the division.
The AFC North exited Week 8 in the exact same position, only slightly different. Take a look at how the 4 teams who call the AFC North home performed this Sunday in NFL action.
Cincinnati Bengals 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 10
Far from the shootout most expected, it was Andy Dalton who performed the come-from-behind victory as Ben Roethlisberger threw 3 crucial interceptions in aiding the Bengals' keeping their record perfect. The Bengals will play Cleveland in Cincinnati on Thursday Night Football in Week 9, and the Steelers will host the Oakland Raiders in Week 9 at Heinz Field. The Bengals are now 7-0, while the Steelers fall to 4-4.
Arizona Cardinals 34, Cleveland Browns 20
Despite storming out to an early lead, the Browns squandered away their chances of victory as Josh McCown was forced to leave the game with a rib injury. To make matters worse, the Browns also had several players leave the game due to injury, this off the heals of reports stating the team is looking to move several of their heavy salaries along the offensive line. The Browns will play the Bengals in Week 9 on Thursday Night Football and well take their 2-6 record to Cincinnati, and possibly Johnny Manziel under center.
Baltimore Ravens 29, San Diego Chargers 26
In a game of two inept teams, the Ravens were able to keep their season on life support with a last second, game-winning field goal by Justin Tucker to move the Ravens record to 2-6. The Ravens will stay at M&T Bank Stadium in week 9 as the Jacksonville Jaguars come to Baltimore in a battle of bad teams. The Ravens will be going against the Jags without their best offensive player, as Steve Smith Sr. tore his Achilles tendon in the win over the Chargers, ending his season, and possibly his career.
AFC North Standings after Week 8:
Cincinnati Bengals - 7-0
Pittsburgh Steelers - 4-4
Cleveland Browns - 2-6
Baltimore Ravens - 2-6