The Pittsburgh Steelers finished 12-4 last season and missed out on the AFC North title thanks to a tiebreaker with the Baltimore Ravens. However, the Steelers did great work in the offseason and should be considered the favorites in the North in 2012.
Ben Roethlisberger's team had serious issues along the offensive line last season, but the Steelers addressed those deficiencies in the draft. They wound up getting incredibly lucky that Stanford guard David DeCastro dropped to them at No. 24, then they grabbed Ohio State tackle Mike Adams in the second round.
The Steelers also needed help at linebacker after cutting James Farrior loose, and they were able to get Miami linebacker Sean Spence in the third round.
Pittsburgh addressed serious needs in the first three rounds, and improved more than anyone else in the division this offseason.
The Steelers will win the division, but the Ravens will be right there in contention. I expect the Cincinnati Bengals to take a small step back in 2012, as often happens with young teams, while the Cleveland Browns will, once again, be disappointing.