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918 miles, thanks in large part to the fact that the AFC North is the most geographically compact division. (Four of the bottom 10 teams are from the AFC North .) While it’ s easy to dismiss the impact of travel
We tackle four topics all recapping and reacting to the first round of the NFL draft last night.
and their depleted offensive line would cope. These Ravens were starting to peak at just the right time and had their AFC North fate in their own hands. There was no way the Patriots were winning this game. The Patriots could have come out on the
immediately brought respect back to the franchise with back-to-back 8-8 seasons. Then Carson Palmer led them to the AFC North title under Carson Palmer and success turned into expectations. That is a slippery slope that the Bengals and Lewis have
able to bounce back. 14. Andy Dalton, Bengals. Who has two thumbs and said Dalton was the best quarterback in the AFC North ? This guy! (Points two thumbs at himself.) Yeah, probably not my finest hour, considering his performance in
to show that he can take that next step as a signal caller. 11. Andy Dalton, Bengals. The best quarterback in the AFC North ? Yep. He completes more than 60 percent of his passes (62 percent this year), will throw for more than 3,500 yards
could be in the fact that the Ravens won’t allow them to take a step back. After starting 9-2 and clinching the AFC North , Baltimore has lost three straight and is one of the most injury-ravaged teams in the league. At 9-5, they currently trail
somehow slip and fall, this might open the door for Buffalo. Cleveland: Headed in the right direction, but even with an AFC North that’ s struggled as of late, like St. Louis, it might be too much to expect a breakthrough in 2014. Houston: You
by Kansas City last week had come to Cincinnati with every intention of winning. The 11-5 Bengals, champions of the AFC North , were favored by a touchdown on their home turf in the rematch of the iconic “Freezer Bowl” in the 1981 AFC championship
Chargers , Colts and Chiefs . Now, it’ s the Bengals . The skinny: The Bengals reached the postseason by taking the AFC North for the second consecutive season, as they finished with an 11-5 mark, winning five of their last six to head into
top spot, a 73 percent chance at No. 2 and a 5 percent chance at the third seed. 3. Bengals (10-5): Clinched AFC North : Sunday vs. Ravens (8-7). Cincinnati can clinch a first-round bye with a win over the Ravens and a New England
to the Ravens. The Bengals routed the Vikings at home, 42-14, Sunday to improve to 10-5. Cincinnati clinched the AFC North when the Patriots completed their romp over the Ravens. The Bengals hold the tiebreaker over the Patriots by virtue