AFC North: Slipping From Divisional Powerhouse Status

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Oct 30, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) rushes for a one-yard touchdown against the Washington Redskins at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) rushes for a one-yard touchdown against the Washington Redskins at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports /
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After nine weeks of the NFL season, the AFC North has been one of the biggest surprises. But not for a good reason.

On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Steelers, 21-14. This was music to the ears of Bengals’ fans. Through eight games, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Cincinnati all have four losses.

The division may be up for grabs, but it’s in an unusual position. The AFC North is the only division in football without a winning team. It also holds the NFL’s worst overall record at 11-21-1. It is tied with the NFC West for fewest wins, but that can change Monday night with a Seattle victory.

Sure, the lopsided record may be credited to the Browns. Yesterday, they fell to 0-9 for just the third time in franchise history with a 25-point loss to Dallas. However, the Bengals, Steelers, and Ravens are all .500 or lower (thanks to a tie). This is the same division that has sent five teams to the playoffs in the last two seasons.

Prior to the 2015 season, USA Today crunched the numbers from the last decade from all eight divisions, finding the AFC North to have the most wins (334) in the league. So how did it get like this?

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