After Baltimore’s big win on Thursday night, another AFC North battle looms today in what is the toughest division in the NFL. The 6-3 Pittsburgh Steelers will play at the 6-3 Cleveland Browns today at 1 p.m. in what has become known as the Turnpike War. It’s a short trip across the Pennsylvania turnpike, which then turns into the Ohio turnpike, to Cleveland. It’s also a short trip to check out our AFC North win totals projections.
Despite the Browns success over the past few years, the Steelers own this rivalry. Since 2010, Pittsburgh is 21-6-1 SU and overall the Steelers hold an 81-62-1 advantage. The AFC North rivals play each twice each season and they have met in the playoffs three times. Pittsburgh also leads in that category, 2-1.
The Steelers beat the Browns in Week 2 on Monday night football. It was the Pittsburgh defense that was the difference in that game between AFC North rivals. The Steelers returned an interception for a touchdown and T.J. Watt’s fumble return in the fourth quarter proved to be the winning touchdown in a 26-22 Pittsburgh victory.
AFC North Playoff Race
All four AFC North teams are still in the hunt for a playoff berth. With its win on Thursday, Baltimore is 8-3 and is currently the No. 2 seed in the conference behind Kansas City. Pittsburgh checks in as the No. 5 seed with Cleveland right behind at No. 6.
As a result of the loss on Thursday, the final AFC North team, Cincinnati, is now 5-5 and finds itself on the outside looking in. The Bengals are 10th in the AFC playoff standings. It will be a long road for the Bengals to reach the postseason. Starting QB Joe Burrow is out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ligament in his wrist. That means Cincy will have to finish the season with backup Jake Browning at quarterback.
The Bengals have not won an AFC North division game and still must face Pittsburgh twice and Cleveland in the season finale. Cincy also has games against 6-3 Jacksonville and 6-4 Minnesota before season’s end.
The Ravens will control their own destiny. They have a two-game lead in the AFC North and as a division champion can guarantee one of the top four seeds in the postseason. Baltimore closes the season against Pittsburgh in another AFC North battle. Prior to that, they play the Chargers on Sunday night football next week, Jacksonville, San Francisco, and Miami.
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Big Wins in College Football
The big SEC games yesterday didn’t disappoint. No. 1 Georgia kept its winning streak alive. No. Missouri survived as well. South Carolina and Kentucky might have been the best game of them all. Some injuries also made the news.
Here’s what’s trending today.
- Bulldogs roll: Georgia left no doubt and beat No. 18 Tennessee 38-10. The Bulldogs defense clamped down on a Vols offense that had been averaging over 30 points per game. Georgia is now 11-0 heading into its rivalry game with Georgia Tech next weekend.
- FSU in trouble: QB Jordan Travis went down with an injury early in yesterday’s win over North Alabama. No word yet how serious the injury is. Florida State is ranked No. 4 in the latest CFP poll.
- Gators lose QB: Florida gave its best effort but ended up losing 33-31 to ninth-ranked Missouri. The Gators are now 5-6 and will be without QB Graham Mertz in their finale against rival Florida State. Mertz suffered a collarbone injury in yesterday’s game.
AFC North Showdown Heads Up NFL Schedule
It’s Week 11 in the NFL and the Pittsburgh-Cleveland AFC North matchup will start off today’s premier games. There are several others that will impact the postseason races. Make sure to visit the Sports Hub members’ area for the best picks today on NFL games and the rest of the sports schedule.
Here’s what’s on the schedule today.
- NFL schedule: That AFC north battle is the big early game on the schedule. The Niners host the Bucs in a late game and Minnesota and Denver play tonight in a matchup of two teams that may have turned the corner.
- NBA: There are nine NBA games today. Philadelphia and Brooklyn kick it off in the afternoon. The Rockets and Lakers end it tonight.
- College basketball: It is a huge day in college basketball with dozens of games on tap.
- NHL:It’s a slower day in the NHL after the big Global Series game yesterday. Five games are on the schedule today.
- Golf: The RSM Classic 2023 continues with the final round today. Ludvig Aberg had the lead yesterday. In LPGA action, the CME Group Tour Championship concludes today.
- Tennis: It’s the finals today at the Nitto ATP Finals. It’s the same In the women’s LP Open by IND.
- More of the same on the soccer schedule: Play in the CONCACAF Nations League continues today. There are FIFA World Cup qualifying matches today as well as a lot of women’s soccer action today.
- Grey Cup: The CFL’s ultimate prize is on the line in the Grey Cup today. Montreal will face Winnipeg.
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