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AFC North update: Bengals hold two game lead for first place

With the Ravens and Browns losing, and the Bengals winning, Cincinnati has opened a two-game lead.

The Ravens are still in second place in the AFC North race.
The Ravens are still in second place in the AFC North race.
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The Ravens did themselves no favors by coming out of Pittsburgh with a fourth loss for the season.

Cincinnati now holds a two-game lead for the AFC North race after squeaking by Detroit with a last-second field goal. The Bengals were the preseason darlings to win the division, something I wasn't too sure of.

Right now, they're playing like they're the team to beat.

The Browns, which were briefly on fire, have come back down to earth with Brandon Weeden back at quarterback. It's amazing how things can change when you go from an above average player at the position to someone that's not even mediocre.

The Steelers have new life after winning two in a row. The bye week is the only thing keeping them from being tied for second place.

Here are the current standings:

AFC North Standings

Cincinnati 5 2 0 148 135
Baltimore 3 4 0 150 148
Cleveland 3 4 0 131 156
Pittsburgh 2 4 0 107 132

(updated 10.21.2013 at 3:09 AM EDT)

The Bengals host the Jets this week. A win will further put them in the driver's seat for a division championship.

The Browns have a tough road trip to Kansas City. If Cleveland loses, and the Steelers defeat the Raiders, then Pittsburgh could wind up tied for second place entering Week 9.