The AFC North is a competitive division. In 2015, the Bengals swept the Browns and Ravens but split the regular-season series with the Steelers. In 2014, the Steelers swept the Bengals, the Bengals swept the Ravens, and the Bengals and Browns split the series. If you go back to 2013, the Bengals split the series with all three teams in the division. No matter how bad the Browns are, they come to compete against their AFC North opponents. They were no match for the Bengals last year, but they did split their series with the Ravens.
Of any opponent in the division, the Bengals have had the hardest time beating the Steelers. So when they do beat their AFC North rival in Pittsburgh, it feels
good great. Yesterday, I was asked if I would rather see the Bengals sweep the Steelers and be swept by the Browns or, have the Bengals to go 1-1 against both the Steelers and the Browns in 2016.
It's a pretty interesting questions, but I'd take sweeping the Steelers and being swept by the Browns.
First of all, in what bizarre universe would the Bengals be good enough to go 2-0 against the Steelers but 0-2 against the Browns? That would be strange. But, the satisfaction of sweeping the Steelers would be just too good to let going 0-2 against the Browns bother me. Going 0-2 against the Browns would be disappointing, as it would show just how good of a coach Hue Jackson is capable of being for the Browns (hypothetically). And, that would hurt just months after the Bengals watched him leave to go coach one of their rivals. But then, just think back to how good sweeping the Steelers would feel.
So, what do you think?