How Week 6 could have been pivotal in Bengals winning AFC North

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Oct 13, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis watches from the sideline during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bengals beat the Bills 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

After six weeks of heartbreak, heart-stoppers and just playing with a level of heart at times rarely seen by an NFL team, the Cincinnati Bengals are atop the AFC North, and because of a series of events that transpired on Sunday, they may be there to stay for the long-run.

While it will be difficult to maintain an outright lead for the remainder of the season, several things that happened Sunday not only thrust them into the division lead for the first time in four years, but also may help them win the North in the case of a tie at the end of the year.

This was done in common games, which would be the Bengals’ record against opponents that the Ravens also faced. The AFC North plays the NFC North and the AFC South this year, so the Bengals and Ravens have both already played the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers

In the NFL, In order to break a tie within a division:

1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).

2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.

3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.