NFL Midterms- AFC North

Week 9 is the official halfway mark of the NFL season as the clubs have reached their eighth game (with the exception of the Houston Texans and New York Giants, with nine). Originally this was going to be rankings, but I figured I’d do something differently,. At the end of the season, we’ll dish out the final exams. TSX will break down and give grades of each team by division AFC will be today, NFC will be tomorrow

Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)- Grade: A; Chad Ochocinco predicted that this team would go 12-4, and they are half way to that prediction with two impressive wins over Baltimore, a shocker against Pittsburgh in Cincinnati. This team is not only good on offense, but great on defense. Despite blows on both sides of the balls with injuries to Chris Henry and Antwan Odom, this team has matured greatly and are better than they were in 2005 when they last made the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)- Grade A; The Steelers have won five in a row and have scored at least 27 points in all five of their games during the win streak. This team has good balance on offense with Ben Roethlisberger passing, and Rashard Mendenhall running, and as with Steeler tradition, the defense is always on point. It will be a great showdown against the team that last beat them: the Bengals

Baltimore Ravens (4-4)- Grade: B-;The Ravens have had split personalities as of late. One minute they are good, the next minute they are not as good. Joe Flacco has had a decent season, and Ray Rice has performed well. The defense is not as dominating as they used to be, just due to the inconsistency. One good thing is that the Ravens make noise late in the season, and until they show otherwise, don’t be surprised if they do.

Cleveland Browns (1-7)- Grade: F; This team is just bad all around, from the front office to the coaching staff to the players. Give Randy Lerner credit for listening to the fans, and being passionate enough to get rid of a non-existent GM. Eric Mangini is not the coach for this team, and he will be gone after a season. Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson have been awful, and the city of Cleveland deserves so much better than what they have right now.

Coming up next: The AFC South

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