Around the AFC North: Post-Week 7 Notes

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Oct 25, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws the ball as St. Louis Rams strong safety Maurice Alexander (31) defends during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 24-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The AFC North looks more and more like it’s the Bengals’ division to win. While the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns are essentially non-factors in the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals both look like they’ll have a good shot at making a Super Bowl run. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, however, the Steelers fell to the Chiefs on Sunday. The Bengals now have a 2.5 game lead on the Steelers and are in the driver’s seat of the AFC North. The Steelers could end up rushing Ben Roethlisberger back into action on Sunday, as they gear up to face the the league’s hottest quarterback and a 6-0 Bengals team. The Week 8 matchup between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati looms as a game that could decide the AFC North champion.

Meanwhile, with losses on Sunday, the Browns and Ravens have fallen to the point that they’re already essentially out of the playoff hunt. The Browns played so poorly against the St. Louis Rams that even Johnny Manziel saw some time in the Browns’ 24-6 loss.

With that, let’s look around the AFC North and dissect what happened this past weekend.

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