AFC North Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Steelers are king of the North
By Alex Fasano
The Pittsburgh Steelers have climbed their way back to the top in the AFC North with their third straight win.
We reached the half-way point of the 2018 NFL season. This year has been nothing short of entertaining, considering this past week saw come from behind wins, quarterback drama, and even some front office changes (my condolences to the Jackson and Haley families).
Week 8 provided some highs and lows for the AFC North. The Ravens fell to Carolina, the Bengals barely escape the Bucs, and Pittsburgh dominated Cleveland. As a result, the Steelers have reached the top of both the division and the power rankings for the first time this year.
The Cleveland Browns are back to their old ways, losing their 3rd straight game, and to the Steelers none the less. Fun fact, the Browns haven’t won a game at Heinz Field since 2003. Either way, something has to change…and apparently it was the coaching staff. Firing Head Coach Hue Jackson and Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley a day after the loss was a surprise to everyone.
Job security aside, the team couldn’t find their rhythm. Baker Mayfield threw for 180 yards, two scores, and a pick. Nick Chubb only managed 65 yards on 18 carries. The Browns did record two turnovers (a pick & a fumble), but they let James Conner run right through them. Unfortunately for this lowly franchise, it doesn’t get any easier. The Browns host the Chiefs and Falcons before reaching their Bye Week in Week 11.