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The Topsie Turvey World That Is Now Known As the AFC North.

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IOctober 19, 2009

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 27:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a touchdown during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Prior to the beginning of the NFL Week Six match up, the AFC North looked different than it had in years.

The Cincinnati Bengals were sitting atop at 4-1, winning one game against each of the divisional rivals. 

The Baltimore Ravens were in second, after losing to those Bengals last week.

The defending Champion Pittsburgh Steelers were in third place, after losing back to back games in weeks two and three. 

The Browns, well, they are the Browns. In the basement, as usual.

But, what a difference a day makes.

In Cincinnati, the Bengals looked to improve to 5-1, against a Texans team that most people believed were over matched. Antwan Odom, the Bengals Super Star defensive end, has been lost for the year. That could do damage to the defense while the offense does not look as sharp as it has in the past.

The Baltimore Ravens, looking to keep pace with the Bengals, and looking to avoid a three game losing streak, traveled to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.

This Ravens team is unlike those of the past. No longer do they live and die on defense. For the second straight week, the Ravens allowed a running back to rush for over 100 yards. They had not allowed any running back to rush for over 100 yards in the previous 40 games.

The Pittsburgh Steelers who have been the kings of the heap recently in the AFC North, started the day off in third place. Gone are the days of being a run oriented team, as they now pass to set up the run.

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So, as the early games winded down, the Bengals fell to the Houston Texans, making their record 4-2. Pittsburgh went on to defeat the Cleveland Browns, to improve to 4-2, and in a first place tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Baltimore Ravens fell to 3-3, after losing their third game in a row, heading into their bye week.

The Steelers host the Minnesota Vikings next week, while the Bengals host the Chicago Bears. If Pittsburgh and Cincinnati both win, they will be 1.5 games up on the Ravens.

As I explained three weeks ago, the road for the Ravens  was going to be bumpy, even offering a pole asking how the Ravens would do in the last three games.

As the pole went, 170 people voted, with almost 43 percent of people said the Ravens would go 3-0, 46 percent said 2-1, with a total of 11 percent saying the Ravens would win once, or not at all.

The reality is looking to be that the Cincinnati Bengals are going to ride the wave of the third place schedule to a playoff spot, meaning while the Bengals play the Texans and the Jets, the Ravens will have to play the Patriots and the Colts.

The Ravens have the hardest remaining schedule of the three AFC North teams, while the Bengals have the easiest.

But there are still 10 games left for the Bengals, Steelers, and Ravens. And the way the AFC North is playing, they could all be playing come January. It will just be a shame that only one of them will be at home for the playoffs.

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