AFC North Division round-up: Baltimore Ravens up/down September
The AFC North as a whole had a very hot/cold month of September, and the Baltimore Ravens fell victim to this more than anyone else.
What we once believed to be an extraordinary division race has now looked to be a rather boring one in comparison to others. Preseason, the AFC North looked like potentially the best division in football. Now, the entire division looks pedestrian and is a complete afterthought to the rest of the league.
How did this happen?
Thanks to the win-less Cincinnati Bengals, the division is already off to a poor start. Annual contenders in the Pittsburgh Steelers look lost. The Cleveland Browns have not lived up to their off-season hype whatsoever. And the Baltimore Ravens are too hot-and-cold to be taken seriously right now.
Yes, the potential is there for the AFC North to be a thorn in the side of the rest of the AFC, but right now it’s hard to get excited. Within the division, however, is a battle that we are on the edge of our seats watching.
Only one month has passed, and yet the AFC North remains wide open; except for the 0-4 Bengals who look completely helpless. The Ravens, Browns, and Steelers are all still in the race for the division crown and there’s absolutely no clear front-runner. Cleveland has the lead currently, but Baltimore and Pittsburgh aren’t far behind.
What did the month of September hold for these teams and what did we learn from them? Let’s dive into the AFC North’s month of September and see for ourselves…