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Bengals second in AFC North and sixth in NFL playoff picture

We take a look at how the AFC North stacks up after week 10 concludes. The Bengals moved into second place and would be the No. 6 seed if the season ended today.

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Ultimately it doesn't even matter right now. It's Nov. 9 and the Bengals have seven games to play -- it's on them to improve or this regular season goes from hopeful to meaningless in a heartbeat (some will argue that it already has). Though some of us are amused by the playoff watch.

With the New York Jets forcing four turnovers and upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13, the Cleveland Browns jumped into sole possession of first place and the Cincinnati Bengals, who have gone 2-2-1 since their memorable defeat in Foxborough on Sunday Night Football, are claiming second place. The Baltimore Ravens broke away from a seven-point tie with two second half touchdowns to win 21-7 over the Tennessee Titans.

Now that week 10 is over, the AFC North standings are:

Cleveland Browns 6 3 0 .667 2-2 4-3
Cincinnati Bengals 5 3 1 .611 2-1 4-3
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 4 0 .600 2-2 5-3
Baltimore Ravens 6 4 0 .600 2-3 3-4

If the season were to end today, the Bengals would claim the No. 6 seed and play the Colts in Indianapolis.

Here is next week's schedule:

Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints
Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans (Monday Night Football)

Baltimore has their bye week next week before their Nov. 24 Monday Night game against the Saints in New Orleans.