Week 13 Power Rankings: AFC North

December, 1, 2009
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Four AFC North teams all played one another over the weekend.

So here is how things shook out for the division in the latest ESPN.com Power Rankings:

Cincinnati Bengals (8-3)

Last week: No. 7

Current ranking: No. 5

Analysis: The Bengals pulled off an impressive feat by completing a season sweep through the AFC North with a 16-7 win over the Cleveland Browns. That moved Cincinnati up two spots to No. 5 this week. The Bengals are quietly in position to secure the second seed and a first-round bye in the AFC. It will be interesting to see if Cincinnati can hold that spot for five more weeks. There are a few tough games remaining but its schedule overall isn’t too difficult.

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)

Last week: No. 9

Current ranking: No. 12

Analysis: The Steelers were in the top 10 but fell three spots to No. 12 this week. They are dealing with a three-game losing streak and perhaps even some internal strife in their locker room. Receiver Hines Ward's comments toward quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) sitting out last week caused a stir. But it could simply be a situation that blows over with winning. Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders will be a must-win for Pittsburgh for a variety of reasons.

Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

Last week: No. 15

Current ranking: No. 13

Analysis: The Ravens continue their roller-coaster ride up and down ESPN.com's Power Rankings. I don't know how Baltimore is one spot below the Steelers after beating the defending champs head-to-head last week. I’m sure plenty of AFC North readers have that same question. So make sure to send complaints to the appropriate people and not our division inbox. The Ravens have the talent to get hot and become a major factor down the stretch. But through 11 games, I’m still waiting for that potentially dominant and talented team to show up.

Cleveland Browns (1-10)

Last week: No. 32

Current ranking: No. 32

Analysis: The Browns dropped their sixth straight in a loss to the Bengals. Cleveland was successful in making the game ugly but didn't have enough firepower to beat a first-place team. The Browns have been outscored by an astounding 154 points this year. The offense went from scoring 37 points against the Detroit Lions to seven points against the Bengals, further displaying Cleveland's inconsistency. Don’t expect things to get much easier when Cleveland hosts the red hot San Diego Chargers (8-3) this week.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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