2. Cleveland Browns
A week ago, we were all talking about how if the Cleveland Browns fell to the Ravens, they’d be buried and likely not making a playoff push of any kind. Well, Cleveland took down the Ravens this past week and with that win and the Bengals’ loss to the 49ers, the Browns jumped to second in the AFC North.
Cincinnati is 3-1 in the division while the Browns are 2-2 but Cleveland holds the tiebreaker over the Bengals due to beating them back in week 9. That loss could really come back to bite the Bengals in the butt when the season is all said and done but fortunately, they’ll have another crack at Cleveland in the final game of the regular season.
Cleveland is still in the running to win the division but the amount of positive COVID-19 tests they have entering their week 15 matchup against the Raiders is less than ideal for them. Hopefully, not having a significant portion of their roster for this game will lead to a loss and the Bengals take care of business in Denver to jump the Browns in the division again.
If the Browns and Bengals finish the season with the same record, however, it’ll come down to whoever has the better division record. Both teams have two more divisional games remaining so it’ll come down to the wire between the two.