Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a 4-2 record against the AFC North, but still ended the season in second place after both losses came to the division champion Baltimore Ravens. Winning the North this season should only prove to be more difficult, as the Steelers still have plenty of question marks here in the middle of the offseason.
The Ravens will still be a strong team in 2012, and the young Cincinnati Bengals are continuing to grow together and get better. While the Cleveland Browns are still a couple of years away from the team they are trying to be, anything can happen in a rivalry game.
Other than the teams they will face, the Steelers will face challenges in the front office as they try to transform the team back into a Super Bowl winner. Pittsburgh has yet to address any issues in the offseason and hasn't even re-signed Mike Wallace yet.
Pittsburgh has a lot to overcome if it wants to get their sixth AFC North title this upcoming season.