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No. 1 offense vs. No. 1 defense

The Steelers are off this weekend but the rest of the AFC North Division is in action.

Here's a capsule look at the games the Ravens, Bengals and Browns will be playing:

NEW ORLEANS (4-1) at BALTIMORE (4-2), 4:05 p.m.

It's a matchup between the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense (the Saints are averaging 36.0 points per game) and the league's No. 1 scoring defense (the Ravens are allowing 12.8 points per game).

The Ravens' defense was historically dominant in a 21-0 victory on Oct. 14 at Tennessee. Baltimore amassed a team-record 11 sacks and allowed 106 total net yards (the second-fewest by a Ravens' defense), including a franchise-record 51 net passing yards.

Through six games the Ravens are No. 1 in total defense (270.8 yards per game) and are the NFL's only team with a defense that ranks in the top five against the run (No. 3) and the pass (No. 2). The Ravens also lead the NFL in tackles for a loss (45) and opponents' drives that end with a three-and-out (23, 31.1 percent). Baltimore is second in the league with 39 passes defensed.

CINCINNATI (4-2) at KANSAS CITY (5-1), 8:20 p.m.

The Bengals have a combined 12 sacks in their four victories and one in their two losses, including none in a 28-21 loss to the Steelers on Oct. 14 at Paul Brown Stadium.

Cincinnati got to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger one time (one quarterback hit) on 46 passing attempts and allowed Roethlisberger to escape the pocket regularly.

The Bengals will take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs believing they'll have to do a better job containing and getting to the passer.

"That probably could be the main reason why we didn't win the game, not keeping the quarterback in the pocket," defensive end Jordan Willis told "Mahomes, when he gets out of the pocket, that's when he's most dangerous. So if we don't keep him in the pocket it could be similar situations.

"You could say, just because he's a bigger body, he's going to be harder to take down, and he can move. With him being younger, he can move a little bit better than Ben."

The Chiefs are No. 5 in the NFL in total offense (418.5 yards per game).

CLEVELAND (2-3-1) at TAMPA BAY (2-3), 1 p.m.

The Browns were winless last season and finished last in takeaway/giveaway at minus-28.

This season they're plus-7.

The defense has an NFL-leading 16 takeaways, the most in Cleveland through six games since 1989 (19). The Browns had 13 takeaways in 16 games in 2017. Cleveland has likewise already surpassed its total of interceptions in 2017 (seven) by picking off nine passes this season.

Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield's 875 passing yards in his first three starts are the most by a Browns player.

Cleveland's 2-3-1 start is its best since 2014 (3-3), and every game with the exception of a 38-14 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 14 has been close. The Browns have tied the Steelers (21-21), lost by three at New Orleans (21-18), beaten the Jets by four (21-17), lost by three at Oakland (45-42) and beaten the Ravens by three (12-9). Cleveland has gone into overtime against Pittsburgh, Oakland and Baltimore.

The Browns are 0-2 on the road this season and have lost 23 straight games away from home since a 33-30 overtime win at Baltimore on Oct. 11, 2015.


If the Ravens and Bengals lose, their winning percentages of .571 at 4-3 would trail the Steelers' .583 at 3-2-1 in the AFC North.

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