2009 AFC North Preview: Which Defense will be better?

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2009 AFC North Preview: Which Defense will be better?
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It appears that you need to be a man to play in this division, because its always a fight between the top teams.

It's all about two things in the AFC North: Who can win the battle up front and who has the more aggressive defense.

The top teams in the division always pound each other with the run and then try to knock each other out when the defense takes the field.

The Ravens' and Steelers' defenses love rattling their opponents with the hits they deliver. Ball carriers can probably experience more blackouts than college fraternity parties when crossing both of these defenses.

However, it was the Steelers who had their celebration by beating the Ravens in the AFC title game, then taking home a record sixth Super Bowl win against Arizona.

There's no question that the Ravens and Steelers will scrap once again to claim the AFC North crown. There are some questions heading into 2009 though:

Will the Steelers experience a jinx? Can the Ravens overthrow the Steelers? Will the Bengals and Browns join in on this fight to the division and Super Bowl crown?

Here's a look at the AFC North:

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