AFC North Recap: Complete shake-up after Week 3
Week 3 in the NFL is officially over, and what a week it was in the AFC North! The Ravens entered the week in first place, and the Steelers, yes the Steelers, exit the week with the top spot. Needless to say, a lot of stuff took place in Week 3 which has re-shaped the division standings.
Time to take a look at the games, and how they went down, as well as update the standings and look ahead to Week 4 matchups. Let’s go!
Indianapolis Colts – 22 (OT)
Baltimore Ravens – 19
To be completely honest, I never would have guessed this game would turn out the way it did. No Anthony Richardson for the Colts, but even a depleted Ravens roster should be able to handle the Colts, right? Wrong. The Ravens couldn’t get the key plays when they needed it, and you can’t say you weren’t shocked when Justin Tucker’s 61-yard field goal attempt at the end of regulation came up short. I know I was. Nonetheless, this is a bad loss for Baltimore at home. They’ll have to rebound quickly before next week’s division game.
Cleveland Browns – 27
Tennessee Titans – 3
Talk about a bounce back performance. After losing to the Steelers on Monday Night Football, Deshaun Watson and the Browns offense looked balanced and dynamic. But the bigger story here might just be the Browns’ defense. The defense which completely took Derrick Henry out of the game and made DeAndre Hopkins an after thought. Yeah, that defense is stout from top to bottom.
Pittsburgh Steelers – 23
Las Vegas Raiders – 18
The Steelers were in cruise control in the 4th quarter when they were leading 23-7, and then the phantom roughing the passer call happened. Suddenly the game got close and became a nail-biter. Nonetheless, the Steelers’ struggling offense showed signs of life, and it looks as if the team might just be turning the corner as they prepare for the Texans in Week 4.
Cincinnati Bengals – 19
Los Angeles Rams – 16
Was it pretty? Not at all. Was it necessary? Absolutely. The Bengals’ prime time win was crucial for them staying in the mix not just in the division, but in the AFC, but you can’t help but wonder if the organization isn’t extremely concerned about Joe Burrow. Burrow’s injured calf looks to have him hampered and unable to play to the level many are expecting. Can the Bengals continue to win like this? We’ll see, but it might have to be the way they win moving forward.
AFC North Standings
Pittsburgh Steelers — 2-1
Baltimore Ravens — 2-1
Cleveland Browns — 2-1
Cincinnati Bengals — 1-2
AFC North Week 4 Schedule
Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans — Sunday, 1pm EST
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns — Sunday, 1pm EST
Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans — Sunday, 1pm EST