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AFC North Sweeps Week 9, All Four Teams in Playoff Position



Steelers Alex Highsmith Bengals Joe Burrow AFC North
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith rushes Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow on Nov. 20, 2022. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The AFC North has always been a tough and fiercely competitive division, but this season, it might be the best in football.

After the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns won in blowout fashion earlier in the day, the Cincinnati Bengals completed the clean sweep for the division with a 24-18 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football.

The division was undefeated for the third time in four weeks. AFC North teams are 12-2 since the end of Week 5, and after Sunday, all four teams are in playoff position.

The Ravens are tied with Kansas City Chiefs for the top record in the conference at 7-2, and currently hold the No. 2 seed based on the tiebreaker.

The Jacksonville Jaguars (6-2) and Miami Dolphins (6-3) lead the other two divisions.

After that, the three other AFC North teams are claiming the three wild cards. The Steelers, Bengals and Browns are all tied at 5-3. The Steelers hold the tiebreaker between those teams thanks to their head-to-head win over the Browns, and thus hold the No. 5 seed. The Browns have the No. 6 seed the Bengals the No. 7 seed.


Overall AFC North AFC Head-to-head
Ravens 7-2 2-1 4-2 CIN 1-0, CLE 1-0, PIT 0-1
Steelers 5-3 2-0 4-2 BAL 1-0, CLE 1-0
Browns 5-3 1-2 2-2 BAL 0-1, CIN 1-0, PIT 0-1
Bengals 5-3 0-2 1-3 CLE 0-1, BAL 0-1


Week 10
Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 11
Thurs., Nov. 16, 8:15 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Week 12
Sunday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Nov. 26, 4:05 p.m. Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos
Sunday, Nov. 26 8:20 p.m. Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers