State of the AFC North: Week 8
State of the AFC North

Baltimore Ravens (5-2)

The Ravens were on a bye this week and benefited from the Bengals surprising loss to the Jets to reclaim first place in the division.  Baltimore will welcome Kirk Cousins and the 3-4 Minnesota Vikings to town this Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals (5-3)

Man…this was upsetting to watch. Coming off of their biggest win of this young season, Cincinnati promptly had their worst loss of the season. Riding high after last week, they got knocked right back down to Earth by backup QB Mike White and the rest of the New York Jets. This whole game looked as if the Bengals just showed up and expected a win. The running game never got going against a very hungry Jets defense who also sacked Joe Burrow three times and came away with a big fourth quarter interception on their way to a 34-31 upset win. Many Bengals fans are looking to blame the officials for a really bad helmet-to-helmet call, I will do no such thing. If the Bengals aim to be looked at as a good team, they can’t allow games against bad teams come down to the wire like this. Cincinnati will look to get back in the win column and remain perfect in the AFC North this Sunday when they welcome the Cleveland Browns to the jungle.

Cleveland Browns (4-4)

The team many people were hyping up as possible Super Bowl contenders look to be heading in a downward spiral. Cleveland faced off against division rival Pittsburgh in what was far from the team’s best effort. Dealing with injuries all over the roster, the Browns couldn’t seem to get their offense out of the starting blocks. What appears to be some sort of weird miscommunication issues between QB Baker Mayfield and WR Odell Beckham Jr seem to be ramping up, with OBJ finishing with career lows in targets (1) and yards (6). In a game that could’ve gone either way, Cleveland allowed Pittsburgh to march downfield and score what would be the deciding touchdown. The Browns head to Cincinnati to take on their in state division rival Bengals.

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)

This pains me to say, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are on a roll. After a 1-3 start to the season, the black and gold have rattled off three straight wins and dug themselves out of the division basement. In an ugly, low scoring sort of traditional AFC North game, Pittsburgh was able to outlast the Browns 15-10. They’ll look to keep the winning ways going when the Bears come to town for a primetime matchup on Monday night.