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Mannings thrive against AFC North

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Forget the fearsome foursome of the NFC East.

The most threatening twosome to the AFC North this year has been the Manning brothers.

The NFL's most famous family have thrived against the AFC North this season. Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Eli Manning, who does play in the NFC East for the New York Giants, are a combined 5-1 against the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

That's an important stat because the Peyton Manning-led Colts are set to play the Browns and Bengals in consecutive weeks. Indianapolis, at 7-4, is in the playoff hunt and needs these two victories.

That is not a good sign for the Browns, who host the Colts Sunday. Cleveland (4-7) is struggling after losing three of its past four games. Indianapolis, meanwhile has won four straight.

The Browns were the only team to beat a Manning this year -- upending Eli Manning and the Giants 35-14 in Week 6.

How ironic would it be if the second-worst team in the division beat both Mannings this year?

Does Cleveland have a chance?