Week one of the NFL season was rough on one half of the AFC North division and the other half are feeling good about themselves. The Steelers and Bengals came out of the gate asleep this season, which sparked blowout losses. Perhaps the Bengals loss was a tougher pill to swallow compared to what happened to the Steelers.
Both Baltimore and Cleveland were able to secure wins and get the season off on the right foot. This division is still very much open after only one week of games across the league. Each team needs to start the year somewhere and some are looking good right now while others do have some concerns that could become problems if they cannot fix their issues.
Cincinnati sits at the bottom of the AFC North division for now
Perhaps the most shocking result around the division this past weekend was the Bengals being dominated by the Browns. In a previous article of mine, it was predicted that the Bengals would lose this contest and have a somewhat slow start to their campaign. No one thought this would be a blowout as Joe Burrow and company still would seemingly provide points.
Those points never came, and Burrow and company did exactly what they did last season. They have not done much together during the preseason and that rustiness that is normally worked out in the preseason is showing up now. Cincinnati is going to be fine, but it is a little concerning that they had this much of a setback against a division foe this early. Then again it happened last year in week one against the Steelers.