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Steelers Regain Sole Possession Of First Place In AFC North After Week 10 Developments

From third to first -- that's what happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers place in the AFC North standings following Sunday's win over the Bengals and Baltimore's road loss to the Seahawks. Pittsburgh now enters its much needed bye week as the No. 2 overall seed in the AFC through ten weeks of the 2011 season.

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers won 24-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers won 24-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Oh what a difference a week makes. Following the Pittsburgh Steelers' disappointing 23-20 to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9, Pittsburgh was bumped out of first place in the AFC and into third place within its own division. Fast forward a week and the Steelers are back in first place at 7-3 thanks to their 24-17 win over the Bengals, and Baltimore's choke job in Seattle Sunday afternoon. So, let's take a quick gander at the updated AFC North standings and the conference playoff seeding through 10 weeks.

AFC North Standings (through Week 10)
Team Record Div. Record Conf. Record Streak Scoring Differential
Pittsburgh Steelers 7-3 1-2 5-3 Won 1 + 41
Baltimore Ravens 6-3 1-1 5-2 Lost 1 + 73
Cincinnati Bengals 6-3 2-0 4-2 Lost 1 + 48
Cleveland Browns 3-4 0-1 2-4 Lost 3 - 52

AFC Standings Through Week 10:

  1. Houston Texans (7-3)

  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3)

  3. New England Patriots (6-3)

  4. Oakland Raiders (5-4)

  5. Baltimore Ravens (6-3)

  6. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3)

View complete NFL standings

The Steelers, of course, would lose out to the Texans in the event both finish with similar records due to Houston's head-to-head win over Pittsburgh. The Steelers however hold a valuable head-to-head tiebreaker over New England were the two to finish with shared records.

Lots of football left, but as the Steelers head into their bye week, they can feel good about being back in front of their primary competitors in the AFC North -- Baltimore and Cincinnati -- for at least this week. Go Steelers!


Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.