While the Cleveland Browns are generally holding or dropping in power rankings, what of the AFC North, considered by many to be the best division in football at this time? After a loss to the Houston Texans, most Week 10 power rankings have the Browns near the bottom of the rest of the NFL. Below, we'll take a look at the rest of the division and how they're doing in the rankings.
They're at the top of the division, sitting at 6-2 and that's somewhat reflected in the rankings. Other teams in the division remain higher than them on most rankings, however. The highest anybody has them is SB Nation at No. 7, while Fox Sports has them the lowest, at 13. A 6-2 team at No. 13 - what do you think of that? Here's an excerpt from Fox Sports' rankings.
The Bengals are currently the No. 1 seed in the AFC. I have to say that again to believe it: The Bengals are currently the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They boast a top-flight defense and rookie QB Andy Dalton has matured to understand that a punt is not the worst thing in the world. With that said, they now will face the meat of their schedule, and their second-half win/loss record will not reflect the same success.
The Ravens are coming off a win over Pittsburgh and remain near the top of most power rankings. SB Nation, Fox Sports and ESPN have the Ravens the highest at No. 3, behind only the 49ers and Packers, while CBS Sports has them at No. 4. Here's an excerpt from SB Nation's rankings:
3. Baltimore Ravens (6-2, LW: 6): I had them as my Super Bowl pick last week and they proved what they're capable of going into Heinz Field on Sunday night completing the season sweep over the Steelers.
After losing to Baltimore, the Steelers have dropped a couple spots from most rankings, from the top three, but generally remaining in the top six. SB Nation dropped them the most - six spots from No. 3 all the way to No. 9, while Fox Sports has them the highest at No. 4. An excerpt from Fox Sports below:
The Steelers lose a little ground in the rankings, but not much. They lost a close game to a division rival. Still, in order for them to get back to the Super Bowl they can't afford to lose at home. The good news is they have a very favorable schedule the rest of the way. The bad news? So do the Ravens.