AFC North standings: Steelers bye week brings no relief in division race

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1. Baltimore was able to win across the pond against a tough AFC opponent

London was kind to the Ravens this past week as they were able to adjust to the time change just enough to win the game. It was a tough contest as Baltimore had to find a way to overcome the Tennessee Titans last weekend. They were able to slow down the Titans just enough to get out of the stadium with a win.

Baltimore was coming off a loss to the Steelers and they needed a big bounce-back performance against an AFC team that is challenging for a playoff spot right now. Tennessee still has to figure out where they will end up by season's end, but they will stay in the playoff picture. Baltimore got a big win and played smart football this past Sunday.

Back across the pond for the Ravens this past week and they will gladly end up back at home. Week seven will only prove to be another challenge for Baltimore as they host the Detroit Lions. There are few teams that are playing better ball than Detroit is right now. They have a balanced club and could be a favorite to represent the NFC North in the Super Bowl.

Baltimore is going to struggle against the Lions this week even though it is at home. Detroit has a solid pass rush and a quality set of corners to take away their limited receiver options. It will be up to Lamar Jackson to find different ways of slowing down the Lions pass rush led by Aidan Hutchinson. This game might be too much for the Ravens this week.

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