The AFC North did not have the strongest first week of the 2021 NFL season.
While the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns faced significant challenges in road games against the consensus top two teams in the AFC in the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals faced lesser tests in the Las Vegas Raiders and Minnesota Vikings.
The Steelers were the only ones to come away with a regulation win.
Cleveland gave up 23 points in the second half as the Chiefs raced away to a 33-29 win, Baltimore let the Raiders hang around too long, with Derek Carr leading a last-second scoring drive to tie the game and an absolutely bonkers overtime giving Jon Gruden’s team a win.’
The Bengals had a 10-point lead with 9 minutes to play and needed a fourth down conversation in overtime to beat the Vikings.
The Steelers certainly had struggles in Week 1 in Buffalo, particularly on offense. But so did everyone else. If there’s a big separation between the teams in the AFC North, the results on the field in Week 1 didn’t show it.
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