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Last but certainly not least, let's take a look at the Ravens.
At the moment, Baltimore has the upper hand in the Steelers-Ravens rivalry. The Ravens swept the Steelers last season for the first time since 2006 and won the AFC North.
Now they get to play a first-place schedule.
The Ravens host the New England Patriots in Week 3 and are at Houston in Week 7. Neither of those 2011 division winners is on the Steelers' schedule.
Between their two showdowns against the Steelers on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, the Ravens fly to San Diego while the Steelers go up the road to Cleveland.
With less travel time, the Steelers will have a few more hours than the Ravens to recover from the first clash and prepare for the rematch.
The Ravens' 23-20 victory in Pittsburgh last season proved that any edge between these teams matters.
Then, in Weeks 15 and 16, the Ravens get the Manning brothers.
On Dec. 16, they host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. If there's any rust in Week 1 against the Steelers, Manning will have time to work it off by the time he goes to Baltimore.
Eli Manning and the defending champion Giants come to Baltimore Dec. 23, another tough task for the Ravens as the Steelers begin their two-game homestand to close out the season.
In Week 17, the Ravens are at Cincinnati while the Steelers host Cleveland. If the Ravens and Steelers are still fighting for the AFC North title in the final week, the schedule seems to favor the Steelers.