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NFL standings, Week 6: Breaking down the AFC North heading toward Week 7

The AFC North completed its Week 6 schedule. We break down the standings and playoff implications as we move toward Week 7.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) signals for a first down in the first quarter during an NFL Week 6 game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Cara Owsley/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

The NFL is filled with teams at or around .500, and the AFC North is looking like a perfect encapsulation of 2022 NFL football. There’s a lot of mediocre football being played and nobody is able to put together consistently solid work.

The Ravens came into the week with a 3-2 record and sitting in first place. They traveled to face a 4-1 Giants squad that had a perception problem. Coming out of Week 6, that might be changing. The Giants came back and scored just after the two-minute warning to get the 24-20 win.

Down in the Big Easy, the Bengals dealt with a Saints squad continuing its strong offensive play from a week ago. New Orleans jumped on top 17-3 and 23-14, but Cincinnati stormed back and won on a 60-yard touchdown catch by Ja’Marr Chase with 1:57 left. We’ve now got a tie atop the division.

Meanwhile, the bottom half of the division is bunching up as well thanks to some Week 6 craziness. The Steelers welcomed the Bucs to town and proceeded to control this game at their pace throughout, winning 20-18. On the other hand, the Browns welcomed the Patriots to town and were thumped in the second half.

Below is a rundown of the AFC North division standings, each team’s opponent next week, and their division title odds at DraftKings Sportsbook heading toward Week 7.

2022-23 AFC North standings

AFC North Record Wk opp Week 1 Week 17 Week 18
AFC North Record Wk opp Week 1 Week 17 Week 18
Cincinnati Bengals 11-4 vs. BAL +170 -225 -700
Baltimore Ravens 10-6 @ CIN +140 +175 +550
Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8 vs. CLE +1000 OTB OTB
Cleveland Browns 7-9 @ PIT +380 OTB OTB