Peter Schmuck, columnist: Of course, any win is a good win in the NFL, but the Ravens looked better against the Steelers than they did against the now 0-10 Browns. That's not a good sign, especially with a road game against a pretty good Dallas Cowboys team coming up next week. They will not be able to get by on one half of good football in Texas.

Childs Walker, reporter: We know who the 2016 Ravens are now — a defensive terror with an erratic offense that will play meaningful games in December. Compared to 2015, that sounds pretty good. You can't read too much into a second-half explosion over the lowly Browns. But the Ravens did what they needed to in winning a game decisively  for the first time since the 2014 playoffs. The schedule is about to get a whole lot harder, but the Ravens look like they'll contend to the end in a diminished AFC North.

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Mark Selig, Ravens editor: If the second-half eruption can give Joe Flacco and the offense some confidence, then this team might be a serious contender in the division. Sure, it was the lowly Browns. Still, the Ravens only have to be a mediocre offense to be a good team in the AFC North. The defense delivered again, and now the team gets extra rest before playing an elite team for the first time all season.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: Still ugly but still a win. Somehow the Ravens are still in first place despite not having a clue on offense. The defense continues to shine.

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