The NFL season is roughly at the halfway point, and there have been surprises thus far. From the 49ers, Lions Bengals and Bills to the Colts all of the sudden sucking, this has been Bizarro World in the NFL.
And thanks to one of those teams, the NFL has a new “Alpha” division: the AFC North. Not the NFC East nor NFC South (a past favorite of mine), but the division of my beloved Steelers, despised Ravens, ridiculed Bengals, and hated Browns.
With me being a stats guy, I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves.
Let’s first examine their records. The top three teams in the division have a combined 16-6 record. Even with the last-place Browns (with a somewhat respectable 3-4 record), the division’s aggregate record is 19-10!
Defensively all four teams rank in the TOP FIVE in average yards allowed per game.
1. Baltimore Ravens 263.3
2. Pittsburgh Steelers 270.8
3. Houston Texans 286.8
4. Cincinnati Bengals 297.4
5. Cleveland Browns 299.1
Name a division that boasts such stats? I didn’t think so.