If the Bengals are to win the AFC North in 2012, the team is going to have to follow a very specific blueprint moving forward.
Cincinnati does not have the kindest schedule on paper, so there are key games where the Bengals will have to be at their best. The injury bug is already hitting the team, so remaining healthy is, of course, key as well.
While the Bengals are one of the more exciting, younger teams in the NFL heading into the season, the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are no slouches either. The AFC North is quite possibly the hardest division to win in the NFL this year, so the Bengals have quite the task in front of them.
Here is a blueprint for the Bengals to follow in 2012 in order to take home the AFC North crown once again.