State of the AFC North: Week 12 Edition
State of the AFC North

Baltimore Ravens (7-3)

Baltimore came into this game without “do it all” starting QB Lamar Jackson, who was dealing with an illness. The Ravens certainly had their work cut out for them as the Chicago Bears gave them all that they could handle. Other than star TE Mark Andrews, who finished with eight catches for 73 yards, there weren’t many bright spots to be found for this Baltimore team in their 16-13 win. Baltimore continues to be susceptible to the big play, giving up chunk plays to WR Darnell Mooney and Marquis Goodwin. Baltimore will need to adjust the defense to put an end to the big plays going forward to hold on to their division lead. The Ravens welcome the Cleveland Browns to M&T Bank Stadium for a big divisional game on Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)

Cincinnati got back to their winning ways following a two game losing streak and the bye week. The Bengals came out and punched the Raiders in the mouth right from the opening kick. Rookie kicker Evan McPhereson had a day as he nailed all four of his FG attempts while knocking a couple through from 50+ yards out. Running back Joe Mixon continued building on his very impressive season as he finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns on the way to a 32-13 win. The Cincinnati defense came to play as well; aside from some big plays to TE Darren Waller, played a good gam, only holding Vegas to 72 rushing yards as a team and outside of Waller’s 116 yards only allowed 99 more through the air. The Bengals look to go for a season sweep when they welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers to town on Sunday.

Cleveland Browns (6-5)

This game was very forgettable for anyone not named Nick Chubb (22, 130) or D’Andre Swift (14, 136). Cleveland came out on top 13-10 in a game that really could’ve gone either way. While a win is always good, the Browns have got to be feeling like they’ve got a lot of work to do coming off of this win where they couldn’t muster up a scoring drive in the second half. Cleveland will look to continue their winning ways when they head to Baltimore for a divisional matchup on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1)

The Steelers and the Chargers had one of the most exciting shootout type of games of the week in their 41-37 loss to the Chargers. Big Ben had one of his better games of the season, throwing for over 270 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. WR Diontae Johnson had an impressive game as well, with 101 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. Pittsburgh’s defense had no answers for this Chargers team however, as opposing QB Justin Herbert lit them up through the air (382, 3/1) and the ground (9/90). WR’s Keenan Allen (9/112) and Mike Williams (5/97) also torched the Steelers in the win. The Steelers will look to rebound as they take on division rival Cincinnati on the road this Sunday.