NFL: AFC North Schedule and Results for All 17 Weeks

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IJune 19, 2011

NFL: AFC North Schedule and Results for All 17 Weeks

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 and head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate their 24 to 19 win over the New York Jets in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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    I know that free agency has not started yet.

    I know that the teams do not even know who is going to be on the roster yet.

    I know MANY things can happen between now and September.

     

    Still, there is no better time than the present to look at the 17 weeks of the regular season AND predict the outcome of the playoffs.

    I will give you the weekly schedule for the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens, and the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

Week 1

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Linebacker James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers sacks quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo b
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    The AFC North starts the season with two big show downs. The most amazing thing to me about Week 1, either the Bengals or Browns are going to be tied in first, while either the Ravens or Steelers are going to be last in the division.

     

    Bengals vs Browns:

    Carson Palmer will NOT be the starting QB in Cincinnati in 2011.  I believe what he says when he said he will retire.  The Bengals will be starting rookie Andy Dalton against second year player Colt McCoy.

    The advantage would normally go to the Bengals based on Marvin Lewis returning to Cincinnati, while the Browns are stuck with a second year QB, and a rookie coach, none of which can work together at this point since the lockout.

    What I have to look at with this game, is which defense is going to be stronger, thus giving their team the advantage.

    I am going to have to go with the Bengals, rookie QB and all.

    Bengals - 17

    Browns - 13

     

    Ravens vs Steelers:

    Unlike the Bengals vs Browns, this game I am going to have to look at the two offenses, based on the fact that the defenses are both probably going to be in the Top 5 of the NFL, if not the Top 2. 

    The real question is going to be, who will be able to put points on the board?  When these two meet up you can count on hard hits and putting points on the board is a premium in this rivalry.

    What it all comes down to is, can Joe Flacco defeat Ben Roethlisberger?  It is not about stats and it is not about completion percentage.

    It is about which QB will perform better in the clutch.  So far, Joe Flacco has never defeated Ben Roethlisberger, in Pittsburgh OR Baltimore.

    Ravens - 17

    Steelers - 24

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      1-0

    Cincinnati Bengals       1-0

    Cleveland Browns       0-1

    Baltimore Ravens        0-1

Week 2

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    NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 10:  Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth #93 of the Tennessee Titans rushes in on Jason Brown #60 of the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 2009 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jo
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    Baltimore Ravens vs Tennessee Titans

    The Ravens, coming off the loss to the Steelers, are going to be on fire and their defense is going to have one of the best games of the year, shutting down the Titans all the way around.

    Ravens - 33

    Titans - 6

     

    Seattle Seahawks vs Pittsburgh Steelers

    In a rematch of Super Bowl XL, these teams are NOTHING like they were when they played in that Super Bowl.  Pittsburgh has returned to the Super Bowl twice, while Seattle entered the 2010 Playoffs with the worst record ever for a playoff team.

    Not knowing who is even going to be under center for the Hawks, Seattle is not going to have much of a chance against the Steelers' destructive defense.

    Steelers - 27

    Seahawks - 9

     

    Cleveland Browns vs Indianapolis Colts

    Indianapolis has too much offensive talent for the Browns' young secondary.  Under a new scheme, the young Browns are not going to be able to stay with Peyton Manning and the Colts.

    Browns - 13

    Colts - 28

     

    Cincinnati Bengals vs Denver Broncos

    Cincinnati starts their 2011 season against two of the worst teams from 2010. The Bengals will be able to run the ball against the Denver Broncos, which will lead them to victory.

    Bengals - 21

    Broncos - 20

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      2-0

    Cincinnati Bengals       2-0

    Baltimore Ravens        1-1

    Cleveland Browns       0-2

Week 3

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 05:  Tight end Anthony Fasano #80 of the Miami Dolphins is brought down by Linebackers Matt Roth #53 and Chris Gocong #51 of the Cleveland Browns at Sun Life Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Miami, Florida. Cleveland defeated miami 13-10.
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    San Francisco 49ers vs Cincinnati Bengals

    The Bengals will come back to reality when they play their toughest game to this point of the 2011 NFL Season.  The Bengals defense is going to be able to keep the 49ers from lighting up the scoreboard, but the 49ers are going to completely shut down the Bengals' offense.

    49ers - 17

    Bengals - 7

     

    Miami Dolphins vs Cleveland Browns

    The Browns are going to continue their early season slump, with a loss to the Dolphins.  The problems with changing your coach in a season where there is no offseason, continue.

    Dolphins - 24

    Browns - 14

     

    Baltimore Ravens vs St. Louis Rams

    In another spanking the Ravens are going to lay waste to the Rams.  Sam Bradford is going to go against one of the best defenses he has ever seen, and without any receiving weapons, it will be too much for the Rams.

    Ravens - 27

    Rams - 6

     

    Pittsburgh Steelers vs Indianapolis Colts

    The key for the Steelers to beat the Colts, is to apply the kind of pressure to Peyton Manning that most teams don't get the chance or have the talent to.  Pittsburgh does.

    Steelers - 31

    Colts - 27

     

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      3-0

    Cincinnati Bengals       2-2

    Baltimore Ravens        2-1

    Cleveland Browns       0-3

Week 4

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Jarius Byrd #31, Reggie Corner #27  and Donte Whitner #20 of the Buffalo Bills during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo
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    Buffalo Bills vs Cincinnati Bengals

    Cincinnati again gets to play a bottom-dweller from 2010, but this time, they are an improved team.  Buffalo almost won in 2010 against the Steelers AND Ravens.  They are better than their record indicated in 2010, and will be able to defeat the the Bengals.

    Bills - 17

    Bengals - 13

     

    Tennessee Titans vs Cleveland Browns

    Cleveland will finally face a team that has had worse offseason issues than they have.  With a rookie head coach, QB, and an offseason like the Browns, with no practice, Tennessee will not be able to keep pace with Cleveland.

    Browns - 27

    Titans - 24

     

    Pittsburgh Steelers vs Houston Texans

    The Texans are shifting from the 4-3 base defense to the 3-4.  They are going to get a first-hand look at what the 3-4 is supposed to look like, and it will be too much for them.

    Steelers - 31

    Texans - 17

     

    New York Jets vs Baltimore Ravens

    A fitting match up for a prime time game with the Ravens defense against their old coach, Rex Ryan.  As great as the Ravens' defense has been since Ryan left, they were more dominating when Ryan was in Baltimore.

    The Jets win a close game in Baltimore, on the strength of the Jets' defense.

    Jets - 14

    Ravens - 13

     

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      4-0

    Cincinnati Bengals       2-2

    Baltimore Ravens        2-2

    Cleveland Browns       1-3

Week 5

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    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 19:  Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackles Bo Scaife #80 of the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 19, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Steelers won 19-11.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    Tennessee Titans vs Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Titans have already lost to the Ravens and Browns in the AFC North, and things are not going to change against the Steelers.

    Pittsburgh has too many weapons on each side of the ball for the Titans to be able to stick with, and this becomes one of the ugliest games of the season.


    Steelers - 38

    Titans - 13

     

    Cincinnati Bengals vs Jacksonville Jaguars

    Jacksonville is better than many people think, and the Bengals are going to learn this.  Cincinnati started off good, but reality has set in with their young signal caller.

    Bengals - 13

    Jaguars - 24

     

    Bye Week:

    Cleveland Browns

    Baltimore Ravens

     

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      5-0

    Baltimore Ravens        2-2

    Cincinnati Bengals       2-3

    Cleveland Browns       1-3

Week 6

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    HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans is brought down by safety Ed Reed #20 and Ladarius Webb #21 of the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Ima
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    Indianapolis Colts vs Cincinnati Bengals

    The Bengals continue to struggle, and the tension is going to start forming.  The Carson Palmer talk will begin.  IF Ochicinco is still on the Bengals, he will be asking for a trade before the deadline.  Indy wins BIG!

    Colts - 31

    Bengals - 9

     

    Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Steelers defense is the best in the league at this point, and Jacksonville is going to see their rookie QB Blaine Gabbert get his first playing time as the Steelers knock David Garrard out of the game early.

    Steelers - 24

    Jaguars - 6

     

    Houston Texans vs Baltimore Ravens

    Had the Ravens not had a bye week the week before, I would say that the Texans had a chance of winning this game, but they did, so I don't.

    The Ravens defense abuses the Texans offense, and this game is over by the third quarter.

    Ravens - 30

    Texans - 13

     

    Cleveland Browns vs Oakland Raiders

    The Raiders are a team that is a lot better than most people think.  Cleveland has to go into a stadium where the fans are more fierce than they are at home.

    Raiders - 21

    Browns - 10

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      6-0

    Baltimore Ravens        3-2

    Cincinnati Bengals       2-4

    Cleveland Browns       1-4

Week 7

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 04: Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks calls the play during the game against the Cleveland Browns on November 4, 2007 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Seahawks 33-30 in overtime. (Photo
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    Seattle Seahawks vs Cleveland Browns

    I actually think this is going to be a very good game.  Both teams are in the middle of a rebuilding process.  I believe that Cleveland is further at this point than Seattle is.  This late into the season, having had the chance to start learning the playbook, the Browns are going to be an improved team.

    Seahawks - 13

    Browns - 23

     

    Pittsburgh Steelers vs Arizona Cardinals

    Arizona has QB issues worse than most teams in the NFL.  They don't have a starter, and no rookie that was drafted to be "The Man".  Unless they make a trade for Kevin Kolb, Arizona may struggle to win four games this year.  One of those IS NOT going to be against the Steelers.

    Steelers - 24

    Cardinals - 10

     

    Baltimore Ravens vs Jacksonville Jaguars

    It is never easy to win on the road, on a Monday Night.  The Ravens and Jaguars are rivals from the old AFC Central.  When the Jaguars play on Monday Night, they never have a hard time filling the stadium.  This will hold true against the Ravens, and may be the reason for the victory.

    Ravens - 14

    Jaguars - 17

     

    Bye Week:

    Cincinnati Bengals

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      7-0

    Baltimore Ravens        3-3

    Cleveland Browns       2-4

    Cincinnati Bengals       2-4

Week 8

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 14:  BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots attempts to run through a tackle by Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by
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    Arizona Cardinals vs Baltimore Ravens

    The Ravens at home are tough for anyone to beat.  Having coming off a loss, the Ravens are going to need to pound the Cardinals to get their "swagger" back.

    They will.

    Cardinals - 13

    Ravens - 33

     

    New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers

    As much as everyone thinks the Patriots do so great against the Steelers, the Steelers have seen how teams like the Ravens and Jets give the Patriots such a hard time. Pressure defense. No one is better at it than the Steelers, and if they bring it against the Pats. They will win the game.

    Patriots - 13

    Steelers - 14

     

    Cleveland Browns vs San Francisco 49ers.

    The Browns have won a couple games, but having to travel across the country, and play a defense that is a lot better than they have, the 49ers are going to be too much for the Browns.

    Browns - 10

    49ers - 24

     

    Cincinnati Bengals vs Seattle Seahawks

    Seattle may not be the best team in the NFL, but they DO have one of the best stadiums for home field advantage. Cincinnati and Andy Dalton are not going to be ready for that kind of pressure, and they WILL fold.

    Bengals - 14

    Seahawks - 24

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      8-0

    Baltimore Ravens        4-3

    Cleveland Browns       2-5

    Cincinnati Bengals       2-5

Week 9

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Safety Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens and wide receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers are separated by a referee after a play during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pitts
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    Cleveland Browns vs Houston Texans

    The Texans are starting to learn their system, and the 3-4 is starting to look good enough to win some games.  One of those games will be against the Browns, who simply don't have the fire power to stay with the Texans.

    Browns - 17

    Texans - 27

     

    Cincinnati Bengals vs Tennessee Titans

    The Titans are simply not a good team.  I believe they could be the worst team in the NFL, and Cincinnati will take advantage of it.

    Bengals - 23

    Titans - 13

     

    Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers

    The best chance the Ravens have of beating the Steelers was in Baltimore.  I could say the exact same thing in this slide as I did the first.  The two defenses are going to be two of the best in the league, and it comes down to Joe Flacco vs Ben Roethlisberger.

    Steelers - 27

    Ravens - 21

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      9-0

    Baltimore Ravens        4-4

    Cincinnati Bengals       3-5

    Cleveland Browns       2-6

Week 10

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 08:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers breaks free from Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 8, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Steelers defeated the Bengals 27-21. (Ph
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    Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals

    The Steelers are having one of their best seasons ever, while the Bengals are struggling to win some games.  With a rookie QB, and a coaching staff that is trying to keep their team chemistry together.  It won't happen against the Steelers

    Steelers - 27

    Bengals - 14

     

    St. Louis Rams vs Cleveland Browns

    The Browns are able to continue improving, while defeating the Rams in a close game.

    Rams - 17

    Browns - 20

     

    Baltimore Ravens vs Seattle Seahawks

    Baltimore is simply a better team than Seattle is, offensively, defensively and on special teams.  Regardless of the home field advantage, the Ravens are simply too good.

    Ravens - 30

    Seahawks - 13

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      10-0

    Baltimore Ravens        5-4

    Cleveland Browns       3-6

    Cincinnati Bengals       3-6

Week 11

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 2:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens is sacked by Roy Williams #31 of the Cincinnati Bengals  at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 13-6. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Im
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    Jacksonville Jaguars vs Cleveland Browns

    Cleveland has come a long way in the last few weeks, but have not come far enough to defeat a hungry Jacksonville Jaguars.  For the record, I believe that Jacksonville is going to challenge Indianapolis for the AFC South crown.

    Jaguars - 27

    Browns - 20

     

    Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens

    The Ravens will again show why they are better than the Bengals, as they pound the rookie Andy Dalton to his worst professional game of his young career.

    Bengals - 6

    Ravens - 24

     

    Bye Week:

    Pittsburgh Steelers

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      10-0

    Baltimore Ravens        6-4

    Cleveland Browns       3-7

    Cincinnati Bengals       3-7

Week 12

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19: Bernard Scott #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    San Francisco 49ers vs Baltimore Ravens

    On Thanksgiving night, we will be treated to a great game (Finally, a Thanksgiving game that is good to watch!)

    The Ravens will host the 49ers, and will show the world, in Prime Time that they are for real.  The 49ers have an average team, but will look considerably better based on being in the weakest division in the NFL.

    49ers - 13

    Ravens - 28

     

    Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals

    The Browns and Bengals have gone in opposite directions since their Week 1 match up.  The Browns are starting to gel as a team, while the Bengals are starting to fall apart.

    Cleveland will handle the Bengals.

    Browns - 30

    Bengals - 10

     

    Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs

    The Chiefs won the AFC West in 2010, but the Chargers and Raiders are both improved, and the Chiefs are exposed as a one year wonder.  Pittsburgh, coming off a bye is too much for the struggling Chiefs.

    Steelers - 21

    Chiefs - 13

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      11-0

    Baltimore Ravens        7-4

    Cleveland Browns       4-7

    Cincinnati Bengals       3-8

Week 13

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    CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26:  Cornerback Lardarius Webb #21 of the Baltimore Ravens intercepts the ball as he is hit by wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi #11 of the Cleveland Browns look on at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (
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    Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns

    The Browns have come a long way in their last few games, but the Ravens put a halt to that.  The Ravens are still simply too good of a team for the Browns to compete with at this point.

    Ravens - 27

    Browns - 17

     

    Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Steelers are fighting for the top seed in the AFC Playoff field, and the Bengals still don't have the fire power to compete with them.

    Bengals - 9

    Steelers - 27

     

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      12-0

    Baltimore Ravens        8-4

    Cleveland Browns       4-8

    Cincinnati Bengals       3-9

Week 14

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    CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns fumbles the ball after being hit by defensive end Brett Keisel #99 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Mat
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    Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers

    With a win, the Steelers lock up the AFC North Title, while showing the Browns that they are still a long way towards competing for the top of the AFC North.

    Browns - 17

    Steelers - 27

     

    Houston Texans vs Cincinnati Bengals

    The Texans are fighting for a possible playoff spot, the first in franchise history, while the Bengals are fighting to salvage anything from this season they can.  Houston is too much for the Bengals to handle.

    Texans - 27

    Bengals - 21

     

    Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens

    The Ravens defense is either hit or miss when they play the Colts.  Peyton Manning and the Colts will find a hard time in Baltimore (revenge anyone?), and the Ravens will take one step closer to earning their spot in the playoffs.

    Colts - 27

    Ravens - 28

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      13-0

    Baltimore Ravens        9-4

    Cleveland Browns       4-9

    Cincinnati Bengals       3-10

Week 15

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    SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Todd Heap #86 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a pass for a touchdown while being defended by Steve Gregory #28 of the San Diego Chargers in the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on September 20, 2009 in San Diego, California. Th
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    Cincinnati Bengals vs St. Louis Rams

    The Rams are one of the up-and-coming teams in the NFL, while the Bengals are still on the decline, and in position to pick in the Top 5 of the NFL Draft again.  The Rams are fighting for a playoff spot.

    Bengals - 17

    Rams - 28

     

    Cleveland Browns vs Arizona Cardinals

    The Cardinals QB situation has gotten worse, while the Browns have realized they have their QB of the future on their roster already.

    Browns - 14

    Cardinals - 13

     

    Baltimore Ravens vs San Diego Chargers

    The only chance the Chargers have of making the playoffs is by winning their division. The Ravens know they don't have a chance to do that, because the Steelers have already locked up the North. The Ravens help their cause by defeating the Chargers.

    Ravens - 24

    Chargers - 21

     

    Pittsburgh Steelers vs San Francisco 49ers

    The 49ers are on the verge of earning their playoff appearance, while the Steelers have already secured theirs.  With some players bruised from the long season, the Steelers sit some of their starters, and the 49ers take advantage.

    Steelers - 13

    49ers - 21

     

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      13-1

    Baltimore Ravens        10-4

    Cleveland Browns       5-9

    Cincinnati Bengals       3-11

Week 16

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    BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Peyton Hills 40 of the Cleveland Browns is stopped by Jameel McClain #53 of the Baltimore Ravens  at M&T Bank Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 24-17. (Photo by Larry French/Get
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    Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals

    A battle of two of the worst teams in the NFL, the losing team actually has the advantage here, because they will have a better draft pick.  Leave it to the Bengals to screw that up as well.

    Bengals - 17

    Cardinals - 14

     

    St. Louis Rams vs Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Rams have to travel to Pittsburgh to try to stay in the hunt for the NFC West title, while the Steelers lock up home field advantage through the AFC Playoffs with a win.  This is too much for the Rams to overcome.

    Rams - 13

    Steelers - 21

     

    Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens

    The Ravens come one step closer to the AFC Playoffs, handing the Browns another loss.  Cleveland has come a long way, but are not yet at the level of the Ravens and Steelers.

    Browns -13

    Ravens - 24

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      14-1

    Baltimore Ravens        11-4

    Cleveland Browns       5-10

    Cincinnati Bengals       3-12

Week 17

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 2:  Jordan Shipley #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals can't catch this last second of the first half pass against the Baltimore Ravens which was intercepted by Ed Reed #21 of the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimor
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    Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals

    The Ravens win, making them the AFC's fifth seed. The Bengals fire Marvin Lewis before he makes it to the locker room.

    Ravens - 27

    Bengals - 10

     

    Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns

    The Steelers have already locked up their playoff seeding, and the Browns are hungry for the biggest victory since the last time they beat the Steelers in 2009.  The Steelers play their starters for the first two quarters, start pulling out the starters in the third, and eventually, the Browns are against the Steelers back ups.

    And it STILL isn't enough.

    Steelers - 27

    Browns - 20

     

    AFC North Standings

    Pittsburgh Steelers      15-1

    Baltimore Ravens        12-4

    Cleveland Browns       5-11

    Cincinnati Bengals       3-13

AFC Playoff Field

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 14:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass around the Pittsburgh Steelers defense during the game on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    The seeding in the AFC Will be as follows:

     

    1 - Pittsburgh Steelers

    2 - New England Patriots

    3 - Jacksonville Jaguars

    4 - San Diego Chargers

    5 - Baltimore Ravens

    6 - Indianapolis Colts

Wild Card Round

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    SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 20, 2009 in San Diego, California. The Ravens defeated the Chargers 31-26.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    The Steelers and Patriots have the week off, by having the best records in the AFC.  The Colts will travel to Jacksonville to try to make up for losing the division to Jacksonville, while the Ravens again travel to San Diego to play the Chargers.

     

    Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars

    Jacksonville was able to hold off the Colts late season surge, but Indianapolis finds a way to get past the upstart Jaguars, and advance in the playoffs.

    Colts - 31

    Jaguars - 17

     

    Baltimore Ravens vs San Diego Chargers

    The Chargers get to play this game at home, even though the Ravens have a better record than they do, AND the Ravens defeated them earlier in the year.

    Things get no better for the Chargers in the playoffs, as the Ravens defeat Philip Rivers with smothering defense and a late-game, come-from-behind victory.

    Ravens - 21

    Chargers - 14

Divisional Round

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 9:  Mewelde Moore #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts on November 9, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Similar to 2010, both Wild Card teams were victorious in 2011, setting up two MONSTER games for the Divisional round.  The Patriots host the Ravens, while the Colts travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers.

     

    Indianapolis Colts vs Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Steelers coming off the bye week attack Peyton Manning in a snow storm in Pittsburgh.  The snow slows down the Colts receivers, while the Steelers defenders are like sharks in the water attacking them.

    Colts -13

    Steelers - 27

     

    Baltimore Ravens vs New England Patriots

    The Patriots have had one of the best regular season teams over the last two years.  Like in 2010, their playoffs are going to be ended on their first game.  The Ravens defense is simply too strong for Tom Brady and the Patriots.

    Ravens - 17

    Patriots - 14

AFC Championship Game

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Running back Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Sham
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    Once again, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens will square off in the playoffs, with the winner representing the AFC in Super Bowl XLVI.

    This game will once again show people why the AFC North has the two best teams in the AFC.

    The Steelers and Ravens have played in the playoffs two of the last three years, and each time, the Steelers found a way to win the game, and go on to the Super Bowl.

    Things won't change this year.

    Again, this will be a low scoring game, with Ben Roethlisberger leading the Steelers to the game winning TD with just over :30 seconds left on the clock, and the Steelers 4th Super Bowl trip in his eight year career.

     

    Ravens - 24

    Steelers - 31

Conclusion

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Owner Dan Rooney (L) and Team president Art Rooney II (2ndL) of the Pittsburgh Steelers recieve the Lamar Hunt Trophy as CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz looks on after their 24 to 19 win over the New York Jets in the 2011 AFC Cham
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    The Steelers will once again represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, and unlike last year, they will win their 7th Lombardi Trophy.

     

    On a side note, I would like to wish all of the other dads out there a Happy Fathers Day!  My loving family allows me to pretty much do what I want on Fathers Day, which means the world to me.  One of the things I will be doing is spending a lot of time here on Bleacher.

    Feel free to tell me how crazy I am in the comments, as I know a lot of you will do!  Enjoy and have fun.

     

    To the Steelers fans here, I have created a new site for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  It is called steelersideline.com.  I am working on getting all of the information that any Steelers fan could want, so they can come to my site for it.

    Yes, the site is still under construction, with a lot of new things coming in the next couple weeks.  I am looking for all of your input on it, though.

    Let me know what you would like me to include in the site, and I will do everything that I can to include it in the site.  Just add it to the comments, or send me an email at signorelli.nick@hotmail.com (I have not been able to figure out the email for the site yet, so please don't try to contact me through the site, because it probably won't work).

     

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