NFL Power Rankings: AFC North reaction

September, 18, 2012
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The AFC North has two teams in the top 10 in the latest ESPN.com Power Rankings. Unfortunately, the division also has the worst-ranked team in the league, the Cleveland Browns.

Being the homer that I am, I ranked the AFC North teams higher than the other panelists ranked them. I ranked AFC North teams at 15.5 on average, slightly higher than John Clayton ranked them (15.75).

Here's how the AFC North teams fared in the Week 3 power rankings:

BALTIMORE RAVENS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 6

My ranking: No. 6

2012 record: 1-1

Comment: The Ravens rightfully dropped three spots after a one-point loss at Philadelphia. For some reason, our power rankings have the Ravens one spot ahead of the Eagles. I have Philadelphia at No. 5. I did put the Ravens ahead of the Patriots after New England was upset by Arizona.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 9

My ranking: No. 10

2012 record: 1-1

Comment: The Steelers moved up two spots from last week after easily handling the New York Jets. Once again, the power rankings put the Steelers ahead of the Broncos even though Pittsburgh lost at Denver to open the season. I had the Broncos one spot ahead of the Steelers.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 16

My ranking: No. 17

2012 record: 1-1

Comment: The Bengals inched up two spots after holding off the Browns. This is a fair ranking because the Bengals haven't resembled the team that went to the playoffs last season. I differed with the power rankings in that I had the Bengals one spot behind the Seahawks.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 32

My ranking: No. 29

2012 record: 0-2

Comment: The Browns are the worst team in the NFL, according to the power rankings. I had the Browns higher, but I was in the minority. The other four voters had Cleveland at No. 32. My stance is the Browns have been in both games this season, losing by a total of eight points. Oakland, Kansas City and Jacksonville have all looked worse this season.

If you want to see all of my rankings, you can click here.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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