NFL Power Rankings: AFC North reaction

October, 9, 2012
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It wasn't a particularly good week for the AFC North in the Week 6 power rankings. Two teams dropped, including one after a win, and the winless Browns remain at the very bottom.

The AFC North ranks fourth overall among the eight-team divisions. The NFC West, NFC North and NFC East are ahead of the AFC North. That means this division is the highest-ranked one in the AFC.

Here's a recap:

BALTIMORE RAVENS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 4

My ranking: No. 4

2012 record: 4-1

Comment: The Ravens dropped below the 49ers after beating the Browns and Chiefs by a combined 10 points. I don't like moving a team down after a win, but I already had Baltimore below San Francisco before Sunday's games.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 10

My ranking: No. 10

2012 record: 2-2

Comment: The Steelers are back in the top 10 after spending a couple of weeks in the middle of the power rankings. Pittsburgh had the third-biggest jump of any team, moving up six spots. Pittsburgh was the only team in my top 11 that didn't have a winning record.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 15

My ranking: No. 15

2012 record: 3-2

Comment: The Bengals can't complain about a lack of respect this week after losing to the previous one-win Dolphins at home. I have only one other 3-2 team below the Bengals in my power rankings (Seahawks).

CLEVELAND BROWNS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 32

My ranking: No. 32

2012 record: 0-5

Comment: This is the Browns' fourth straight week at the bottom of the power rankings. No one can argue against this because Cleveland is the only winless team remaining in the league. But the Browns have made it interesting in nearly every game this season.

Here are my rankings:

1. Falcons

2. Texans

3. 49ers

4. Ravens

5. Patriots

6. Bears

7. Giants

8. Vikings

9. Cardinals

10. Steelers

11. Eagles

12. Packers

13. Rams

14. Chargers

15. Bengals

16. Cowboys

17. Seahawks

18. Colts

19. Broncos

20. Dolphins

21. Redskins

22. Buccaneers

23. Jets

24. Titans

25. Lions

26. Bills

27. Saints

28. Panthers

29. Jaguars

30. Raiders

31. Chiefs

32. Browns

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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