Ravens Rivals: Takeaways from the AFC North after week four
Takeaways from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and the AFC North division as a whole after week four.
Following the Baltimore Ravens 31-17 win over the Washington Football Team, here are some takeaways from around the AFC North division.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Bye week/Best division in football
The Steelers ended up with a bye week this past weekend after multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the Tennessee Titans organization, forcing their game with Tennessee to be postponed to week seven. Pittsburgh is still the only undefeated team in the AFC North, and they might honestly be the third-best team in the division. So I’ll use this slide to talk about how good the AFC North division has been so far this season.
For some context, here is a tweet from ESPN reporter Jamison Hensley:
There can be an argument made for Baltimore, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh being the most impressive team in the AFC North division so far this year. The Ravens still have the strongest argument, especially considering they drubbed the Browns and their one loss was to the defending Super Bowl champion, Kansas City Chiefs.
Pittsburgh has taken care of all their opponents so far, but the combined record of their opponents so far is an embarrassing mark of 1-11. Cleveland looked mighty impressive this past week with their 49-38 win over the Dallas Cowboys, but their blowout loss to Baltimore still sticks out like a sore thumb.
Lastly, Cincinnati has improved tremendously, and Joe Burrow has looked comfortable so far, getting his first NFL victory on Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The AFC North is the only division in football that has three teams with at least three wins, which should make for some great football as we get deeper into the season. This year every division game will matter significantly and some of the great rivalries in the AFC North should be back this year with how well everyone is playing.
The Steelers will get back to action on Sunday as they face their in-state foe, the Philadelphia Eagles, in Pittsburgh at 1 p.m.