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AFC North Thursday: Baltimore Ravens Inch Closer to the Top

November 14th, 2013 at 8:57 AM
By Josh Michael

It's Thursday Ravens Nation and that means it's time for Ravens101's AFC North Thursday and this week was a light week in that there are only two games to update you on as the Baltimore Ravens make the division race much tighter.

Cleveland was on their bye week in week 10, while the other three teams were in action with the Bengals and Ravens taking part in an inter-divisional matchup.

Of course we will start with the Ravens and needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, Baltimore found a way to pull out a 20-17 victory over the Bengals in overtime despite seeing Cincinnati tie the game with a hail mary at the end of regulation. The Ravens led 17-10 with two seconds left when Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton heaved the ball 50 yards to the endzone as time expired and saw the football get tipped twice and into the hands of A.J. Green to force overtime. Baltimore's defense answered the bell stopping Cincinnati on 4th and 2 on the Bengals opening possession in overtime and the offense drove down the field to set up Justin Tucker's game winning 42 yard field goal.

Baltimore squeaked out the win despite another abysmal offensive performance that saw the offense put up just 189 yards of total offense and rushing for 85 yards. Bernard Pierce out-rushed Ray Rice 31 to 30 and did so on ten fewer carries, thus leading to questions of whether or not Pierce should see an increased role, which we touched on earlier this week (click here to view article). It was a game full of turnovers as Joe Flacco threw two interceptions, while Dalton threw three. The Ravens pulled to within a game and a half of the Bengals for top spot in the AFC North and the two teams will play again in week 17.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were also in action in week 10 and took on the Buffalo Bills. Pittsburgh took care of business at home as they took down the Bills 23-10. Both teams forced one turnover each in the game, and the Steelers got another impressive performance from WR Antonio Brown as he reeled in six grabs for 106 yards. Pittsburgh improved to 3-6 on the season and believe it or not still have an outside shot at the playoffs.

Week 11 will see all four AFC North teams in action, including an important game between the Bengals and Browns.

AFC North Week 11 Schedule:

AFC North Standings
AFC NorthWLGB
Bengals64-
Ravens451.5
Browns451.5
Steelers362.5

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Tags: A.J. Green, AFC North, Andy Dalton, Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Football, Joe Flacco, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

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