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AFC North Standings: Another loss and the Steelers still remain atop the division

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The Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the New England Patriots in Week 7 comes with a silver lining, and it is in the AFC North standings.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers weren't the only team in the AFC North active in Week 7, in fact, the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens were all active in the week that was.

Believe it or not, the AFC North has gone from the most competitive division to one of the most mediocre, at least thru 7 weeks of play. The Steelers have lost to games in a row, but the Ravens have lost 4. All while the Bengals are slowly climbing from the ashes. Let's take a look at the results from this week.

Cincinnati Bengals - 31
Cleveland Browns - 17

The battle of Ohio wasn't much of a battle as the Bengals took it to the winless Browns. Browns quarterback Cody Kessler, the team's 3rd string quarterback, was injured in the game, and this was a game the Bengals simply had to have...and they did.

Next Week Opponent: Cleveland vs. Jets / Cincinnati at Washington (London)

Baltimore Ravens - 16
New York Jets - 24

The Ravens were on the road in New York for the second straight week, and they left MetLife Stadium with their second straight loss. In fact, this was Baltimore's 4th straight loss, and have plunged them below the .500 mark for the first time this season. They have had golden opportunities each week to gain ground on the Steelers, but have failed to do so.

Next Week's Opponent: BYE

Pittsburgh Steelers - 16
New England Patriots - 27

No one thought Landry Jones would be able to best Tom Brady and the Patriots, and he didn't. However, the Steelers did make it a contest, as if that were any consolation. Nonetheless, the Steelers have dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Next Week's Opponent: BYE

Time to update the rankings heading into Week 8.

AFC North Standings after Week 7

Pittsburgh Steelers - 4-3
Baltimore Ravens - 3-4
Cincinnati Bengals - 3-4
Cleveland Browns - 0-7