December 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) engages Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Cincinnati Bengals won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

AFC North Rivalry Week: Who's Favored?

The Bengals lost against the Bears in Week 1. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that are, somehow, tied for first in the division.

Um, what?

Making the rounds, we see the Steelers lost to the Titans, the Ravens got hammered in Denver, and Miami won against Cleveland.

Alas, perhaps the best overall division in the AFC starts out a combined 0-4, and unfortunately for two of those teams, it’s only going to get worse.

The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens will play host to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Ravens are currently favored by a touchdown.

Then, on Monday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals will face the Pittsburgh Steelers at PBS. Cincinnati is favored by seven as well.

For two of the AFC North teams, a 1-1 start will be welcomed. For the other two, going win-less through the first two weeks means history will already be playing against them

Teams that have started the year with an 0-2 record have made the playoffs 13.75% of the time.

Not exactly the type of stat you want to hear if you play in the AFC North.


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