2. Cincinnati Bengals
I was hoping we wouldn't have to worry about Cincy after Joe Burrow's injury led to a 1-3 start, but here come those Bengals.
Spurred by Burrow's recovering calf, the Bengals have four straight wins, covering the spread in each victory. They've beaten the Bills and 49ers in consecutive weeks in impressive fashion, clearly establishing Cincinnati as a bonafide Super Bowl contender once again.
We know the Bengals can hang with the Chiefs in a pivotal game, something we can't be certain about with the Jaguars.
Joe Burrow has 10 passing TDs to just two interceptions over Cincinnati's four-game winning streak. While Ja'Marr Chase is dealing with back soreness, he's still one of the NFL's most dangerous receivers with 64 catches for 697 yards and 4 TDs this year.
Every week, it seems more likely we're on an inevitable collision course for a third consecutive AFC Championship matchup between the Chiefs and Bengals.
All that said, you may be surprised to find out that there's a different AFC North team I have leading these rankings.