NFL Power Rankings: AFC North reaction

October, 30, 2012
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The AFC North has two teams in the top 10 and two teams in the bottom 11. I'm sure you can guess which teams are near the top and near the bottom. Here's a recap of the Week 9 power rankings:

BALTIMORE RAVENS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 7

My ranking: No. 7

2012 record: 5-2

Comment: I had the Ravens at No. 7 and kept them there coming off their bye. But Baltimore fell a spot in the power rankings, and I'm a little surprised by that. The Packers moved ahead of the Ravens even though they had an unimpressive win over Jacksonville. Of the three teams with two losses, the Ravens are the lowest ranked.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 10

My ranking: No. 10

2012 record: 4-3

Comment: The Steelers remain at No. 10 despite a decisive win over the Redskins. But you can't argue with them staying at this spot. No one lost in the top eight and the Broncos jumped ahead of Pittsburgh to No. 9. The Steelers should be behind the Broncos after a season-opening loss at Denver.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 22

My ranking: No. 25

2012 record: 3-4

Comment: It was only four weeks ago when the Bengals were 3-1 and ranked No. 12 in the power rankings. A three-game losing streak has caused a free fall to their lowest ranking of the season. This is the sixth time in coach Marvin Lewis' 10 seasons that the Bengals are coming off their bye with a losing record.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

ESPN Power Ranking: No. 29

My ranking: No. 29

2012 record: 2-6

Comment: The Browns continue their slow climb up the power rankings, moving past the Panthers. Cleveland is one of two two-win teams in the NFL. The other, the Saints, are No. 26. This is the first time this year that the Browns haven't been ranked in the 30s.

Here are my rankings:

1. Falcons

2. Texans

3. Giants

4. 49ers

5. Bears

6. Packers

7. Ravens

8. Patriots

9. Broncos

10. Steelers

11. Dolphins

12. Vikings

13. Cardinals

14. Seahawks

15. Colts

16. Buccaneers

17. Lions

18. Redskins

19. Eagles

20. Cowboys

21. Rams

22. Chargers

23. Jets

24. Titans

25. Bengals

26. Raiders

27. Saints

28. Bills

29. Browns

30. Panthers

31. Jaguars

32. Chiefs

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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