The numbers say the Baltimore Ravens will win the AFC North
When you look at the numbers, the Baltimore Ravens are the best team in the AFC North:
- Statistics were collected from the NFL.com team page of the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Baltimore Ravens are technically in second place in the AFC North, but they look like the most complete team. They have the unquestioned best defense in the division and their offense is putting up impressive numbers for the most part. The numbers tell the story of this division. The Ravens are a better team than the Bengals. Baltimore beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh 26-14. While Pittsburgh now has three wins and could re-insert themselves into the picture, right now it’s a race between the Ravens and Bengals. Baltimore is the better team.
The Ravens offense by the numbers vs. The Bengals offense by the numbers:
The Bengals offense lags behind that of the Ravens in every category. The Bengals have more points per game, though that is misleading. The Ravens have had convincing wins, where they didn’t need to rack up the score. The Bengals have been in high scoring games where the offense had to keep putting points on the board.
The Ravens passing game is the real surprise here. Who would have thought that giving Joe Flacco legitimate weapons and time to throw the football would result in one of the NFL’s best passing attacks? Oh wait, that’s why we’ve been asking for that for half a decade. Well the Ravens finally have a decent offense. If the running game gets going, which looks to be a major if, the Ravens offense could become elite. The Bengals offensive production is surprising given their 4-2 record. It suggests that they could come back down to earth. The Bengals loss to the Steelers, who have a struggling defense, is a sign of that.