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Browns Take Sole Possession of First Place in the AFC North

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Andy Lyons

With the New York Jets pulling off a 20-13 upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, that signaled great news for the Cleveland Browns: they now have sole possession of first place in the AFC North. It's been awhile since the Browns were last in first place:

The Browns had a 3-1 record at the time, but would go on to lose three straight games to fall to 3-4. When their record fell to 4-5, then owner Art Modell announced he was moving the team to Baltimore, putting a dark cloud over the city for years. Over 19 years later, the Browns are finally back on top.

How long will is last? Cleveland plays at home next Sunday against the Houston Texans, a game in which QB Ryan Mallett will make the first start of his career. That should give the advantage to Cleveland. Then, after that, the Browns will have WR Josh Gordon available for the final six games. It will be tough considering the AFC North is the only division with not only every team being above .500, but every team being at least two games above .500.

For now, let's celebrate, Browns fans: we're atop the AFC North heading into Week 11!

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