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Browns loss puts Bengals back atop AFC North

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The Browns lost a terrible game to the Texans, allowing the Bengals to reclaim the AFC North lead.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns finally put themselves in a position where they could simply win out the rest of the way and claim the AFC North crown.

They lost that control after losing at home to the Houston Texans in what is one of the worst losses they'll suffer in 2014. They played a Houston team playing without Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster, not to mention quarterback Ryan Mallett making his first NFL start. This was a game Cleveland was supposed to win and win easily.

They couldn't get the job done. Mallett thoroughly outplayed Brian Hoyer in a game that the Texans controlled for virtually the entire contest. This comes one week after the Browns won at Cincinnati to take control of the AFC North, and put themselves in a position where all they had to do was keep winning, and they'd win the division.

The Pittsburgh Steelers play Monday night, and they can climb into second place with a win over the Tennessee Titans. The Baltimore Ravens are on a bye week, but they'll remain in last place due to their division record.

With that said, here is a look at the latest AFC North standings:

AFC NORTH

W

L

T

PCT

HOME

ROAD

DIV

CONF

STRK

Cincinnati

6

3

1

.650

4-1-1

2-2

2-1

4-3

Won 1

Cleveland

6

4

0

.600

4-2

2-2

2-2

4-3

Lost 1

Pittsburgh

6

4

0

.600

4-1

2-3

2-2

5-3

Lost 1

Baltimore

6

4

0

.600

4-1

2-3

2-3

3-4

Won 1