Previewing AFC North Power Rankings

December, 6, 2010
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It was another exciting weekend of games in the AFC North. Here is how the results in Week 13 could impact ESPN.com's latest NFL Power Rankings:

Baltimore Ravens (8-4)

Last week: No. 4

Result: Lost to the Steelers, 13-10

Analysis: Baltimore suffered a heartbreaking loss by giving up 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to the Steelers. The defeat has major implications in the AFC North race with just four games to go and will certainly drop the Ravens in ESPN.com's Power Rankings. Baltimore's offense stalled in the second half and needs to be more consistent. The Ravens likely will drop out of the top 5 and need to get back on track next week against the Houston Texans on "Monday Night Football."

Projected range: No. 6-8

Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3)

Last week: No. 5

Result: Beat the Ravens, 13-10

Analysis: Pittsburgh picked up its biggest win of the season against the Ravens and moved one step closer to winning the AFC North and securing at least one home game in the postseason. After beating Baltimore, and with the New York Jets (9-2) and New England Patriots (9-2) both playing Monday night, look for Pittsburgh to move up at least two spots this week. The Steelers also have a good chance to further pad their record next week against the lowly Bengals.

Projected range: No. 2-4

Cleveland Browns (5-7)

Last week: No. 24

Result: Beat the Dolphins, 13-10

Analysis: It wasn't pretty, but the Browns picked up a quality road win against the Miami Dolphins. Cleveland is quietly 4-2 in its past six games and relishing the role of spoiler. The Browns' defense confused Miami quarterback Chad Henne and forced three interceptions, which was just enough to pull out an ugly win with a late field goal by kicker Phil Dawson. Cleveland may be able to crack the teens in the Power Rankings for the first time all season.

Projected range: No. 19-21

Cincinnati Bengals (2-10)

Last week: No. 30

Result: Lost to the Saints, 34-30

Analysis: The Bengals continue to make inexcusable penalties and it cost them again Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Defensive lineman Pat Sims was the culprit this week. He jumped offside on fourth down to set up the Saints game-winning touchdown. There probably won't be much movement for the Bengals in this week's Power Rankings. The Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions also suffered defeats in Week 13.

Projected range: No. 29-31

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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