For several years now the AFC North has been one of the top divisions in the NFL. This has been due specifically to two playoff regulars, the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the reputation of the division has for the most part been held down thanks to two teams that reside in Ohio.
Both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns have struggled through multiple futile seasons. The Browns are in the midst of another one as they have now suffered their ninth losing season in the last 11.
The Bengals meanwhile have shocked people by finishing the year with a winning season and staying in the playoff picture the entire year. Now entering Week 17, the AFC North is the only division with three teams alive for the playoffs. The Bengals resurgence can lead to the AFC North's claim to being the best division in the NFL.
Here are seven other reasons why the AFC North ends the 2011 season as the best division in the NFL.