Week 7 power rankings: AFC North

October, 20, 2009
10/20/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

The AFC North struggled last week with a 1-3 record.

With that said, here is how division teams fared in ESPN.com’s latest power rankings:

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)

Last week: No. 13

Current ranking: No. 8

Analysis: Despite beating the struggling Browns, the Steelers were able to move up five spots to No. 8. Pittsburgh benefited from several teams ahead of them losing, such as division rivals Baltimore and Cincinnati. The Bengals own the head-to-head advantage over the Steelers. But according to this panel, Pittsburgh is rated slightly ahead of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)

Last week: No. 6

Current ranking: No. 9

Analysis: A convincing loss at home to the Houston Texans didn’t hurt the Bengals' standing all that much. The Bengals are still in the top 10 with a 4-2 mark after six games. The panel respected the team’s four-game winning streak. But Cincinnati will have to fend off a pretty good Chicago Bears team Sunday to avoid its first two-game losing streak of the season.

Baltimore Ravens (3-3)

Last week: No. 11

Current ranking: No. 11

Analysis: A missed field goal by kicker Steve Hauschka was the difference in Baltimore pulling off a big road win against the undefeated Minnesota Vikings or suffering a three-game losing streak. The Ravens are playing good football in some areas but not enough to win close games against quality opponents. Their three losses have all been against division leaders. The Ravens have a bye and a chance to fix some of their problems this week.

Cleveland Browns (1-5)

Last week: No. 28

Current ranking: No. 29

Analysis: For an inconsistent team on the field, the Browns have surely remained consistent in the power rankings. Cleveland has been either No. 28 or No. 29 every week, and after losing to Pittsburgh the Browns dropped one spot back to No. 29. As long as Cleveland has a win under its belt, expect the Browns to remain above winless teams like the St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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