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AFC North Boasts Top Defenses In Yards Allowed Stats

Here's a kicker: the preseason favorites for holding the next 0-16 record, the Cincinnati Bengals, are first in the league in yards allowed per game by their defense. Another kicker? The entirety of the AFC North comprises the top four spots in that category, including the Cleveland Browns checking in at the fourth spot with 291 yards allowed per game. The defense has definitely been a strong point this season, but the offense hasn't always been able to keep up. That stat has to be helped by the Browns' Sunday performance against the Seattle Seahawks, where they held Seattle to just 137 total yards.


The Bengals are first with a 278.5 yards per game, and are followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in second with 279 yards per game and the Baltimore Ravens in third with 286.2. The stat is only somewhat surprising, as the Steelers and Ravens have been considered strong defensive teams over the last few season and, really, for good portions of the teams' history. I think the division, namely the Bengals and Browns, are surprising some people this year, though the latter is certainly going through its troubles right now.


You can find the stats in question here.


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