AFC North: 2010 Week 11 Power Rankings

AFC North Power Rankings analysis

November, 16, 2010
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The AFC North didn't win a game in Week 10, which took a toll on the division in our ESPN.com Power Rankings.

Here are the results:

Baltimore Ravens (6-3)

Cumulative vote: No. 4

Walker's vote: No. 3

Analysis: A last-minute loss to the Atlanta Falcons dropped the Ravens from the top spot to No. 4 this week. Atlanta is now the top team in ESPN.com's Power Rankings. This is about where I expected Baltimore to land, but I am surprised the New York Jets are ahead of the Ravens. The Jets recently needed back-to-back overtimes to beat the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns, and the Ravens won the head-to-head meeting in Week 1. I voted the Jets No. 5, two spots lower than the Ravens.

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)

Cumulative vote: No. 5

Walker's vote: No. 7

Analysis: Pittsburgh remained in the top five, despite a lackluster performance in a loss to the New England Patriots. It's obvious our panel saw the game as an aberration against a Patriots team which has Pittsburgh's number. But watching Pittsburgh up close the past few weeks, I have some concerns. I voted the Steelers the lowest on the panel at No. 7 because I don't like the way they're playing. The pass defense has been awful and the offense is too inconsistent. Pittsburgh has lost two of the past three games and its victory over the struggling Cincinnati Bengals wasn't very impressive. Pittsburgh needed a late pass breakup in the fourth quarter to hold on. The Steelers are 6-3, but they're still capable of playing better.

Cleveland Browns (3-6)

Cumulative vote: No. 22

Walker's vote: No. 22

Analysis: The Browns got a measure of respect in this week's Power Rankings. Despite suffering an overtime loss to the Jets, Cleveland moved up one spot to No. 22. I've been saying for a while the Browns are underrated in these rankings. It's hard to overlook their record. But the Browns are playing competitive football every week. Although the playoffs are out of the question, the Browns could be the team no postseason contender wants to face in the final seven games.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-7)

Cumulative vote: No. 28

Walker's vote: No. 28

Analysis: Cincinnati dropped two additional spots to No. 28 this week after a loss to the Indianapolis Colts. This marks the Bengals' sixth consecutive loss, which is the longest current losing streak in the NFL. Cincinnati entered the year with a first-place schedule and couldn't handle it. The schedule finally eases up this Sunday against the lowly Buffalo Bills (1-8). But there is pressure for Cincinnati not to blow this winnable game at home and avoid further embarrassment. This game likely will be blacked out in the Cincinnati area.

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