NFL Preview 2012: Predicting the AFC North

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NFL Preview 2012: Predicting the AFC North
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Ever since Jim Harbaugh took over the Baltimore Ravens prior to the 2008 season, competition within the AFC North has mainly been between the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers (with the Cincinnati Bengals making a cameo in 2010).

The Ravens and Steelers have pinned their ears back and beaten the living snot out of each other while the Browns and Bengals have sat back and tried to catch up to their bigger (and better) counterparts.

This season, it looks like that will be the case as the Ravens look like a team that could not only take the division but also go to the Super Bowl, while Pittsburgh struggles to catch their footing after holdouts and injuries.

It is football, so there is a chance that the Browns and Bengals will shock us, but what we already know is that the AFC North will be the most physical division in football, lead by nasty defenses and power running games.

Here's a look at how this four-way, steel-caged match could go down in 2012.

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