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AFC North Report: Ravens Win in Thriller; Steelers Easily Advance Past Bills

Here is the weekly AFC North Report, recapping all of the games between AFC North teams in Week 10.

Ravens' kicker Justin Tucker celebrating after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Bengals.
Ravens' kicker Justin Tucker celebrating after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Bengals.
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The Cleveland Browns had a bye in Week 10, which means they will not be featured in the report.

Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) vs. Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

The Cincinnati Bengals headed into Baltimore on Sunday to try and get a step closer to clinching the AFC North title for the first time since 2009. Unfortunately for them, they may have taken a step back.

The Ravens came out looking terrific. The defense was making stops, the offense was flowing decently, and they continued to score, while they also persistently kept Cincy off of the scoreboard.

Although the Ravens' offense didn't look good the entire game, the first half was definitely their time to shine. It may have not been the best, especially since they had less than 100 total yards of offense at halftime.

At halftime, the score was 17-0, with the Ravens in total control of the game.

Even in the third quarter, Baltimore was able to hold the Bengals to only three points, making the score 17-3 going into the fourth. The fourth quarter would be an absolute disaster.

Joe Flacco would throw an interception and fumble the ball in the fourth, as the Bengals came pouncing back into the ballgame after a Giovani Bernard receiving touchdown.

The score was 17-10 with two seconds left to play after an Elvis Dumervil sack. The Bengals were at their own 49-yard line. They would HAVE to go to the end zone on a Hail Mary play.

The ball was thrown by Andy Dalton, sailed into the end zone, got batted away, tipped up into the air by James Ihedigbo, and... CAUGHT BY A.J. GREEN! The Nugent extra point would be good, and this division rivalry game would be headed to overtime after a miracle play by Cincinnati.

In overtime, the Bengals had a nice drive down the field, but a huge loss of yards on a 4th & 2 running play by Giovani Bernard would give the Ravens excellent field position.

From there, the Ravens had one objective: score at least one point. They succeeded. Second-year kicker Justin Tucker out of Texas would nail the 46-yard field goal to give the Ravens their first win since Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins, 20-17.

Buffalo Bills (3-7) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)

The Buffalo Bills would head to Heinz Field to take on the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers. It would not be pretty for Bills' quarterback E.J. Manuel and his team.

The Steelers would start the game looking pretty bad on offense. An interception thrown by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would lead to a field goal for Buffalo, putting them up 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Steelers would be the only team that scored. A field goal by Shaun Suisham would be hit, while two big plays would put the Steelers up 10-3 after a 5-yard Jerricho Cotchery touchdown.

The second half would start well for Pittsburgh. They didn't allow the Bills to score for the second straight quarter, and they were sitting pretty after a 4-yard Le'Veon Bell touchdown run. It would be 17-3 after the third quarter. Does that score sound familiar to anyone?

Fortunately for the guys in black-and-yellow, a comeback would not arise from the team with three points.

The Bills would score one touchdown with three seconds remaining in the game, which would be absolutely meaningless. Pittsburgh wins, 23-10.

Ben Roethlisberger, who told the Steelers to explore trade options this week, would finish the day with 204 yards passing, one touchdown, and an interception.

AFC North Overview:

What's Next?:

Cincinnati Bengals: vs. Cleveland Browns (Week 11- 11/17)

Cleveland Browns: @ Cincinnati Bengals (Week 11 - 11/17)

Baltimore Ravens: @ Chicago Bears (Week 11- 11/17)

Pittsburgh Steelers: vs. Detroit Lions (Week 11- 11/17)

Notable Injuries:

Cincinnati Bengals: No notable injuries were recorded in Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens: Center/Guard A.Q. Shipley left the game in the second half against the Bengals. The Ravens are already short on linemen after Kelechi Osemele was moved to Injured Reserve this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Rookie safety Shamarko Thomas left the game against the Bills with a left ankle injury. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley left with a calf injury. Neither returned to the game.



via ESPN

The Baltimore Ravens shook things up in the AFC North after defeating the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals. The order, though, will stay the same after Week 10. Bengals in first, Browns in second, Ravens in third, and Steelers in fourth.

Cincinnati Bengals: Lead division.

Cleveland Browns: 1.5 games back.

Baltimore Ravens: 1.5 games back.

Pittsburgh Steelers: 2.5 games back.

New Additions to the AFC North Report:

Starting with next week's AFC North Report, playoff pictures and possible scenarios for each team in the division will be added to the report. Stay tuned.