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Bengals have been AFC North’s best team since Ken Zampese’s departure

The Ken Zampese Bengals were one of the worst teams in the NFL, but the Bill Lazor version of the team is arguably the best in the AFC North.

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Two games can make a world of a difference in the NFL.

Heck, if you toss in the Cincinnati Bengals’ narrow loss in Green Bay, you could make a good argument for the Bengals being the best team in the AFC North over the last three weeks. During that same span, the Pittsburgh Steelers — who currently hold a slim lead atop the division — have lost to the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars, the latter being a 30-9 home defeat.

Also during that same span, the Baltimore Ravens — who are now 3-2 — have lost 44-7 to the Jaguars in London, lost 26-9 at home to the Steelers, and beaten the EJ Manuel-led Oakland Raiders, 30-17.

And the Browns, well, they’re still the Browns, who have easily been the worst in the division from Weeks 1-5, not to mention, the last few years.

However, I would actually argue that there’s been a team even worse than the Browns in the division: The Bengals...well, the Weeks 1-2 Bengals.

During the first two games of the year, the Bengals were arguably the worst team in the NFL due to the offense being led by Ken Zampese. His atrocity of an offense and play-calling were arguably the worst by any NFL coordinator. With the amount of talent he had at his disposal, Zampese managed to make this offense look like the worst in football, it was so bad that it made the Bengals arguably the worst team in the division.

But with Bill Lazor breathing life into this offense while the defense continues to play great, the Bengals now looks like the best team in the division, at least if we’re going off the last three weeks, during which the Bengals have shown their dominance.

Let’s hope that continues after the bye week.