It was another frantic week around the AFC North division even though only three out of the four teams that call it home played. Two out of the three that played in Week five were able to secure victories while the other was sent home with a loss. It was another week that only made the standings of the AFC North that much murkier.
Trying to figure out how this division will shake out after the final week of the regular season is nearly impossible right now. There are a couple of teams that seem like they should be in a worse spot than they currently are. Others have lost a lot of games early but seem to be turning a corner. There is a lot of football left for these clubs to alter the standings before the playoffs commence.
The Bengals remain at the bottom despite some positives last week
Cincinnati seems to be righting the ship onto the correct course. Joe Burrow looked better against the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday. Perhaps his nagging leg issue is starting to go away, and he can now play through that at a high level. The Bengals were highly favored to win the AFC North division coming into this year, but they have seen plenty of struggles early.
They have lost against some poor teams early, even some that resulted in getting blown out. Things will not get any easier for the Bengals this week as the Seattle Seahawks come to town. The Seahawks defense isn't as terrorizing as it used to be, but this is a tough and smart football team that should be able to compete with Cincinnati in a tough matchup.