AFC North Power Rankings after Week 9: Division continues to dominate

  • Ravens still on top
  • Did the Bengals do enough to get into the two-spot?

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1) Baltimore Ravens (7-2)

The Ravens’ defense went into their game against the Seattle Seahawks ranked first in average yards per play and points per drive, just in front of Cleveland. Then, Baltimore dismantled Seattle for a 37-3 victory. They had over 100 yards rushing in the first half! Now, their already impressive numbers are even more imposing.

The Ravens lead the league with a +115-point differential. They are the only team above 100. They are the only team above 90. The next closest team, Buffalo, has a point differential of +80.

Defensively, Baltimore leads the league in the fewest yards per play surrendered and yards gained per pass attempt. They are also the best in the NFL, with the fewest touchdowns given up. The five teams behind them have only played eight games, whereas the Ravens have played nine.

Baltimore’s offense is also performing well. They are tied for second in rushing yards per attempt and rank fourth in points scored among teams that have played nine games.

With the AFC North teams playing well against opponents outside the division, the Bengals, Browns, and Steelers must take the Thanos approach to give Baltimore losses. They’re going to have to do it themselves.

Playing the role of Thor, Cleveland will get the first crack at the Ravens in a pivotal showdown on Sunday. Next to strike a blow in the Captain America role is what should be the Cincinnati Bengals, in a divisional showdown that could determine which team is in first place.

The next two weeks will go a long way in determining the fate of the AFC North and where the Bengals will fall on the 2023 NFL season timeline.

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