6-3 Bengals (1-1)
4-5 Browns (2-1)
3-5 Ravens (1-2)
2-6 Steelers (1-1)
1. Chiefs 9-0
2. Patriots 7-2
3. Colts 6-2
4. Bengals 6-3
5. Broncos 7-1
6. Jets 5-4
7. Titans, Dolphins, Chargers 8-4
10. Browns 4-5
Browns 24 Ravens 18
Rapid reaction: Browns
What it means: The Browns can think about competing in the AFC North. Only one team in the division is over .500, and that’s the Bengals. But they lost their best defensive player to a knee injury when Geno Atkins went down in Thursday night’s game. The Browns are 4-5, one-half game ahead of the Ravens and one-and-a-half behind the Bengals, with a game in Cincinnati after the bye. Cleveland is in second place and after everything that’s happened this season can actually think about doing something the final seven games other than playing out the string.
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 03: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens is sacked by defensive lineman Armonty Bryant #95 of the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Rapid reaction: Ravens
What it means: The Ravens (3-5) fell into third place in the AFC North and 21/2games back of Cincinnati. This continues a downward spiral for the Ravens, who lost for the fourth time in five games. It ended the Ravens' 11-game win streak over the Browns, who hadn't beaten Baltimore in 2,177 days (November 2007). The Ravens also lost for the first time after the bye in coach John Harbaugh's six seasons. The Browns (4-5) moved into second place in the division.
Instant analysis: Browns 24 Ravens 18
Game recap: This game was a microcosm of the Ravens’ season. They fell behind early. Their running game was futile. They made a huge mistake on special teams. And they lost another close game. At 3-5, the Ravens are sinking fast, having lost three straight, and four of their last five.
Browns score one to relish
It was one the Browns needed, for today and tomorrow. It might be one that signals the start of something.
Browns end 11-game losing streak vs Ravens
Emerging more than an hour after X-rays on his ribs and treatment in the trainer’s room, Jason Campbell looked up from a podium, his voice softer than usual because of shortness of breath, and said, “I think the bye week is coming at a good time.”
Campbell had just put on a heroic performance that few, if any, Browns quarterbacks could match in the 15 years of the expansion era.
Campbell has X-rays on ribs after game
That Campbell had the game he did with the physical problems he had was all the more impressive. He finished 23-for-35 with three touchdowns, no interceptions and 262 yards. He guided the Browns on a 6:30 drive in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory.
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 03: Defensive backs T.J. Ward #43 and Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns celebrate after an interception against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Patriots 55 Steelers 31
No more to see here, Steelers season is over
Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It's official. It's hockey season in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are no longer relevant, at least not as a playoff contender or even a potentially decent team. The good news is the Penguins are off to an 11-4 start and are running away with the NHL's Metropolitan Division. The postseason is in their future.
Rapid reaction: Steelers
What it means: There shouldn’t be any playoff talk around the Steelers’ locker room after the team lost six of its first eight games for just the fourth time since 1970. This team would have to win seven of its final eight games to have any chance of making the playoffs, and the Steelers haven’t shown that they can string more than two wins together at a time. Focus now will turn to bigger-picture issues such as what younger players the Steelers should play over veterans in the second half of the season and who will take the fall for what is sure to be Mike Tomlin’s first losing season in Pittsburgh.
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 3: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Rob Gronkowski #87 and LeGarrette Blount #29 after Blunt's touchdown in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1st half at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Steelers: Defense a disaster in loss
"Probably as disappointed as I have been,” Coach Mike Tomlin said after the Steelers fell to 2-6, "especially under the circumstances of how we were able to fight back there at the beginning of the second half. I am angry. We are capable and better than that. We've got to be better than that. We weren't so we are going to fix it.”
The Steelers have plenty to fix.
The Patriots' 55 points were the fifth-highest in franchise history. And they have only gained more than the 610 yards they piled up against the Steelers just two other times.
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 3: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is sacked by Andre Carter #96 of the New England Patriots in the 2nd half at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)