AFC North standings: Ravens tied for first place

Matt Forte and the Bears were able to hand the Bengals a loss in the AFC North rival's season-opener. - Jonathan Daniel

If Baltimore fans can take anything positive away from the NFL's first week it's that the Ravens are still atop the division standings due to all four teams losing.

Winning the AFC North will always be the Ravens' primary goal.

You do that and you reach the playoffs for a chance to win the AFC and then the Super Bowl. So even though the Ravens were blown out by the Broncos last Thursday, the loss had no early effect on the divisional standings.

All four teams — Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Cleveland — lost their season-openers. The beauty of a game like football is that a 49-27 loss to Denver counts the same as a 19-6 Pittsburgh loss to Tennessee.

Here's a quick look at how the other AFC North games played out over the weekend:

Chicago Bears 24, Cincinnati Bengals 21: The Bengals had every opportunity to break the game open but made too many mistakes. Andy Dalton connected with A.J. Green for two touchdowns, with the star receiver finishing with 162 yards on nine catches. But two interceptions and a lost fumble did the Bengals in. Bears receiver Brandon Marshall had eight catches for 104 yards and the game-winning touchdown.

Tennessee Titans 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 9: A bad game turned into a worse nightmare for the Steelers, with news breaking that center Maurkice Pouncey (ACL/MCL) and linebacker Larry Foote (ruptured biceps) will miss the remainder of the 2013 season. The Steelers couldn't move the ball offensively, with the running backs combining for just 32 rushing yards. Ben Roethlisberger finished with 191 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Miami Dolphins 23, Cleveland Browns 10: Brandon Weeden threw three early interceptions that the Browns could never recover from. The Dolphins made it a point to stop running back Trent Richardson, holding him to just 47 yards on 13 attempts. However, the Browns appear to have a legitimate receiving threat in tight end Jordan Cameron, who hauled in nine catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.

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