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AFC North Preview: Week 15

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens (8-5)

The Ravens are looking to avoid a letdown against the Jaguars after defeating the Browns in an instant classic on Monday Night Football. Baltimore’s best chance to make the playoffs at this point is to win their three remaining games, so they cannot afford to look past any opponent.

With the league’s best rushing attack on their side, The Ravens’ gameplan should be crystal clear against the third-worst run defense in the NFL this Sunday. Baltimore could be without several players in the secondary once again this week so the rest of the defense will have to pick up the slack, including DE Calais Campbell and OLB Yannick Ngakoue, who are returning to Jacksonville to face their old team.

CB Jimmy Smith and ILB Kristian Welch have both been declared out for Sunday while Campbell, CB Marcus Peters, CB Davontae Harris, S Anthony Levine Sr., CB Tramon Williams, DT Broderick Washington, DE Derek Wolfe, and CB Anthony Averett are all listed as questionable.

Cleveland Browns (9-4)

The Browns were on the disappointing end of Monday’s thriller. Cleveland will now look to rebound and keep second place in the division this week as they face the 5-8 Giants who have won four of their last five games.

The Browns will be one step closer to reaching the playoffs if they take care of business this week and reach double-digit wins for the season. Cleveland will dodge QB Daniel Jones as it was announced that New York will start Colt McCoy while Jones recovers from injuries.

Both S Andrew Sendejo and G Wyatt Teller are out for Sunday's game while CB Denzel Ward, TE David Njoku, TE Austin Hooper, CB Kevin Johnson, and WR KhaDarel Hodge are all listed as questionable.

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2)

The Steelers suffered their second loss in a row last week after falling to the Bills. Pittsburgh looks to get back on track this week on Monday Night Football against the Bengals.

The Steelers have struggled offensively in recent weeks, but the unit must get back on track in order to make a serious playoff run. Luckily for them, they face one of the worst defenses in the league this week in Cincinnati.

OL Kevin Dotson is out for Monday’s game while RB James Conner is questionable to play.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1)

Only three games remain for the Bengals before they can set their sights fully on 2021 and getting QB Joe Burrow back from injury. The first of those three games being against Pittsburgh on Monday.

Ryan Finley is expected to start at QB this week in place of the injured Brandon Allen. Finley will be up against one of the league’s best defenses. The Steelers’ deadly pass rush will be looking to take advantage of Cincinnati’s shakey offensive line.

Allen and LB Logan Wilson have both been declared out for Monday night’s AFC North matchup, while S Brandon Wilson is listed as questionable.