That the AFC North is one of the most competitive divisions in the dance is not a surprise. However, no team having a winning record six weeks into the season would qualify.
But despite the slow starts for the four teams, both the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens will have a chance to end the week in first place if they pull out a win when they meet on Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.
Despite the Ravens’ .500 record, they could well be 6-0 if not for a few tough breaks. All three of their losses have come down to the last minute and featured brutal turnovers. The latest was a 24-20 loss to the Giants that they led the entire game until their last two drives ended with Lamar Jackson coughing up the ball.
The Browns’ season has been a roller coaster as well, although early-season optimism has faded after a three-game losing streak. Last week’s 38-16 loss to the Patriots was their biggest defeat since … their previous loss to the Patriots last November. But the loss also cut their playoff odds more than half, according to Football Outsiders, from 23.9 percent to 10.8 percent.
The Ravens have dominated this rivalry 34-12 since the Browns reestablished in 1999. However, the Browns won the most recent matchup, 24-22, to snap a four-game skid in this series. Can Cleveland end another losing streak with a road victory on Sunday?