AFC North Power Rankings after Week 8: Bengals move out of the cellar

  • Hey, the Bengals aren't in last anymore!
  • Ravens still at the top
October 29, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28)
October 29, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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1) Baltimore Ravens

Once again, perched atop the AFC North Power Rankings are the Baltimore Ravens. The team from Charm City keeps winning, making it tough for the AFC North rivals to catch up. They flew away with another victory as they beat the Cardinals 31-24.

The Ravens are second in the NFL in point differential. They rank first in the NFL for points allowed among the teams that have played eight games this season. Their offense is clicking, scoring over 30 points in consecutive games.

Once more, their division rivals must hope another team can slow Baltimore’s momentum. The Ravens take on the Seahawks on Sunday and hopefully, Seattle can beat an AFC North team in consecutive weeks. After that, Cleveland and Cincinnati will have their opportunity to loosen Baltimore’s grip on the AFC North when they get their crack at the Ravens in Weeks 10 and 11.

Baltimore is tied for first place in the conference. Through what is traditionally the halfway point of the NFL season, they are fighting for the first-round bye with Kansas City, Miami, and Jacksonville.

Unfortunately, due to their slow start, the Bengals need some help to catch up with the other teams at the top of the conference. They remain 0-2 in the division and 0-3 in the conference. However, the arrow is headed up on their season. Hopefully, the AFC North Power Rankings will be turned on their heads in a few weeks.


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