AFC North defenses still struggling

October, 10, 2012
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Five weeks into the regular season, the defenses in the AFC North are still nowhere close to what they were last season. In 2011, every defense in the division ranked in the top 10. This season, three (Bengals, Ravens and Browns) rank in the bottom half of the NFL rankings.

The Steelers, who finished as the league's top-ranked defense a year ago, remain the best in the AFC North. They're ranked No. 5 this season. The Ravens' defense is more of a bend-but-don't-break one this year. Baltimore is 24th in yards allowed but seventh in points given up.

A look at how the AFC North ranks in the NFL's major statistical categories:

CINCINNATI BENGALS

OFFENSE: Overall (15th), run (15th), pass (10th) and scoring (11th).

DEFENSE: Overall (18th), run (19th), pass (16h) and scoring (21st).

CLEVELAND BROWNS

OFFENSE: Overall (24th), run (27th), pass (14th) and scoring (21st).

DEFENSE: Overall (28th), run (26th), pass (26th) and scoring (25th).

BALTIMORE RAVENS

OFFENSE: Overall (8th), run (13th), pass (8th) and scoring (10th).

DEFENSE: Overall (24th), run (20th), pass (22nd) and scoring (7th).

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

OFFENSE: Overall (18th), run (26th), pass (11th) and scoring (16th).

DEFENSE: Overall (5th), run (11th), pass (3rd) and scoring (16th).

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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