The AFL and NFL merged in 1970. What was the first AFL team to finish above an NFL team in a division?
Cincinnati, winning the AFC Central with a 8-6 record (beating the Browns and Steelers). The third NFL team that moved into the AFC, the Baltimore Colts, won the AFC East that year. The Bengals were helped along by offensive coordinator Bill Walsh, developing his first West Coast offense. The Bengals and Steelers renew pleasantries this week.