Looking at the AFC North playoff race

Of the 10 AFC teams either in or within two games of a playoff spot, the Bengals have the toughest remaining schedule and the Ravens have the second-easiest.

The Bengals' last five opponents have a combined record of 30-25. Cincinnati plays three teams with winning records in the stretch run.

"I think most people outside of this building, if you told us that we had a chance the last five games of the season to dictate our destiny, I think people would have laughed at us," Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "We're there. It's an exciting opportunity and now you have to go and make the best of it."

Comparatively, the last five teams left on the Ravens' schedule have a combined record of 19-36. Baltimore faces one team with a winning record in the final quarter of the regular season.

"It's good to be in the lead and it's good to have the wins that we do, especially against our division opponents, but if we don't handle ourselves well going down the stretch, it means nothing," Ravens outside linebacker Jarret Johnson told MASN Sports. "So this week is going to be a huge game, it's going to be a dogfight. Cleveland always brings it, especially when we play up there. It's going to be a good game. We better bring it."

A look at the remaining schedules for the AFC North teams:

BENGALS: at Pittsburgh (8-3); home against Houston (8-3); at St. Louis (2-9); home against Arizona (4-7); and home against Baltimore (8-3).

BROWNS: home against Baltimore (8-3); at Pittsburgh (8-3); at Arizona (4-7); at Baltimore (8-3); and home against Pittsburgh (8-3).

RAVENS: at Cleveland (4-7); home against Indianapolis (0-11); at San Diego (4-7); home against Cleveland (4-7); and at Cincinnati (7-4).

STEELERS: home against Cincinnati (7-4); home against Cleveland (4-7); at San Francisco (9-2); home against St. Louis (2-9); and at Cleveland (4-7).