Most years, a 12-4 finish by the Pittsburgh Steelers would be good enough to win the AFC North.
That was not the case last season as the Steelers finished second in the division after being swept by the Baltimore Ravens.
Pittsburgh will once again have an opportunity to win the division, but it will be a tougher task than usual as the Steelers will not only have to worry about the Ravens, but also the Cincinnati Bengals.
The division may be decided over the final six weeks as the Steelers play five of their final six divisional games during this time, including back-to-back games against the Bengals and Cleveland Browns to close out the season.
If the Steelers falter down the stretch, not only could they lose a chance at the division title, but they could lose out on a playoff spot.
However, the Steelers are an experienced team with three AFC North crowns since head coach Mike Tomlin took over in 2007 and they will look to add another division title this year.
Here’s why the Steelers will win the AFC North in 2012.