Five weeks of the 2019 NFL regular season are now in the books and the AFC North is a mess as Week 6 begins.
The (1-4) Pittsburgh Steelers are in third place in the AFC North after five weeks following their Sunday afternoon home loss to the (3-2) Baltimore Ravens, who now lead the division. The Ravens will host the 0-5 Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6. The Bengals remained winless on the season with their 26-23 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
In the Bengals loss to the Cardinals, quarterback Andy Dalton completed 27 of his 38 total pass attempts for 262 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Dalton was also sacked once in the game. His two touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter and went to wide receivers Auden Tate and Tyler Boyd.
Boyd led all receivers in Sunday’s game as he caught 10 passes for 123 yards and a score. Running back Joe Mixon led the Bengals in rushing against the Cardinals as he registered 93 yards on 19 total carries.
Defensively for the Bengals in their loss to the Cardinals, linebacker Nick Vigil led the team in total tackles with 13. Defensive end Sam Hubbard had Cincinnati’s lone sack on Sunday. The Bengals defense gave up 253 passing yards to Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray in the Sunday loss in addition to 266 net yards rushing. Murray had 93 of those yards and scored once.
The (2-3) Cleveland Browns ended Week 5 in second place in the AFC thanks to their 23-3 road loss on Monday night to the San Francisco 49ers.
In the Browns loss, quarterback Baker Mayfield completed just eight of his 22 total pass attempts for 100 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Mayfield was also sacked four times Monday night by the 49ers defense and fumbled away the football on one of those.
Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry led his team in receiving Monday night with four catches for 75 yards. Running back Nick Chubb led Cleveland in rushing Monday night with 87 yards on 16 total carries. The Browns offense only managed 180 net yards Monday night on just 46 total plays run.
Defensively for the Browns, linebacker Joe Schobert led the team in total tackles Monday night with 11 and defensive end Myles Garrett had one of the team’s two sacks in the game. The Browns defense allowed 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to pass for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 20 completions. The 49ers also rushed for 275 net yards and two touchdowns Monday night against the Browns defense.
The Browns will now prepare to play the (4-1) Seattle Seahawks next Sunday at home.
The Steelers will play the (2-3) Los Angeles Chargers Sunday night on the road.
The four AFC North teams have a combined (6-14) record entering Week 6 with three of those wins coming within the division.