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AFC North Preview: Week 14

Cleveland Browns v Tennessee Titans Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Cincinnati Bengals (2-9-1)

The Bengals suffered their fourth-straight loss last week when they fell to the Dolphins. They will look to snap their losing streak against the 3-9 Cowboys this week.

Cincinnati will face the man who started at QB for them for the better part of a decade when they go up against Andy Dalton on Sunday. The biggest challenge for the Bengals will be containing the firepower at Dalton’s disposal. Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup combine for one of the best WR trios in the league and should put tremendous stress on Cincinnati’s secondary.

WR Tee Higgins, S Brandon Wilson, and CB Mackensie Alexander are all listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1)

In a shocking turn of events, the Steelers’ perfect season was ruined by the Washington Football Team last week. Pittsburgh doesn’t have time to sulk, however, as they travel to Buffalo to face the 9-3 Bills in a battle of two of the AFC’s best teams.

The high-flying offense of Buffalo, led by MVP candidate Josh Allen at QB, will be a tremendous test for the ferocious defense of the Steelers. QB Ben Roethlisberger will likely have to match Allen in a shootout on Sunday, which could be an issue if Pittsburgh suffers as many dropped passes as they have in recent weeks.

CB Joe Haden and LB Robert Spillane have both been ruled out for Sunday.

Baltimore Ravens (7-5)

The Ravens finally snapped their losing streak last week to keep their playoff hopes alive by improving to 7-5. Baltimore now travels to Cleveland for a huge divisional showdown against the 9-3 Browns.

The Ravens steamrolled them in their first meeting in Week 1, but Cleveland has become a much different team since then. Stopping the dominant rushing attack of the Browns will be the biggest key to Baltimore winning on Monday. QB Lamar Jackson had his best game of the season against Cleveland in Week 1, so he will be looking to replicate that success through the air, especially with the return of WR Willie Snead and TE Mark Andrews.

CB Tramon Williams is doubtful, while TE Luke Wilson, DE Calais Campbell, S Anthony Levine Sr., DT Broderick Washington, and CB Jimmy Smith are listed as questionable for Monday night.

Cleveland Browns (9-3)

The Browns continued their roll with a win over the Titans last week to clinch their first winning season in over a decade. They have a chance to reach double-digit wins with a victory over the Ravens this week.

QB Baker Mayfield struggled against Baltimore’s defense when they faced off in Week 1. Mayfield is coming off an impressive performance against Tennessee where he threw for four touchdowns. Cleveland’s dominant offensive line will likely decide the outcome of this game. If the Browns are unable to effectively run the ball, then Mayfield will have to put the team on his shoulders.

CB Denzel Ward and WR KhaDarel Hodge are both out while TE Austin Hooper is listed as questionable.