State of the AFC North: Week 9 Edition
State of the AFC North

Baltimore Ravens (6-2)

The Ravens and the Vikings played one of the most exciting games of the season so far this season. QB Lamar Jackson was once again the team’s leading passer and rusher tallying up an impressive 120 yards on the ground along with 266 in the air. WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown also finished with a stellar nine catch, 116 yard stat line. The Ravens defense continued to allow big plays for the second game in a row, this time however, a Justin Tucker field goal gave Baltimore the 34-31 win in overtime. A quick turnaround for the Ravens as they head to Hard Rock Stadium for a Thursday night matchup against the Dolphins.

Cincinnati Bengals (5-4)

Unable to take advantage of the drama surrounding their opponent, the Bengals seemed to be heading toward a first drive touchdown before QB Joe Burrow threw a pick six at the Browns one yard line. Cincinnati came back to tie the game at seven but never really seemed close at all, falling to Cleveland 41-16. A second straight loss after spending a week atop the division has the Bengals sitting in last place heading into week 10. If you ask me, the bye week couldn’t have come at a better time. The defense seems to have regressed a bit over the last month, falling out of the top 10 in total defense. Burrow will have time to look at film or do whatever he does to correct his interception issues. Ending on a positive note, rookie wideout Ja’Maar Chase is leading the AFC with 835 receiving yards going into the break.

Cleveland Browns (5-4)

The Browns played this game like they had something to prove, dominating the Bengals from the first quarter on. RB Nick Chubb finished the day with 137 yards and two touchdowns, one of them from 70 yards out. The most impressive part about Chubb’s day is that he did it all on just 14 carries. Cincinnati had no answer for the Browns rushing attack at all. It’s not like they had a much better day against the pass either as QB Baker Mayfield lit up the opposing defense for 218 yards and two touchdowns in a game that surely had some extra eyeballs on it due to the OBJ drama. The Browns head to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots in week 10.

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3)

This team just keeps on finding ways to win. Pittsburgh seemed to be on their way to an easy win, holding a 20-6 lead at the start of the 4th quarter but eventually had to sweat out a 29-27 victory over the Chicago Bears. QB Ben Roethlisberger had an efficient day, even while being sacked four times on the day, finishing with 205 yards and two touchdowns. Big Ben also spread the ball around nicely, completing at least one pass to nine different guys. The Steelers will look to keep their winning streak going when they face the winless Detroit Lions in week 10

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