47 percent of ESPN readers currently say the Steelers will win the AFC North. 29 percent say it will be the Baltimore Ravens, which makes sense - the Steelers will depend on a bunch of older players this year, and it's easy to imagine that a few guys will get hurt and the Steelers will get a couple of bad breaks, while Joe Flacco and company take a step forward. (Not that a 12-4 team like the 2010 Ravens needs to take much of a step forward to contend yet again.) As annoying as the Ravens are, I think picking them to win the division would be a fairly easy decision to justify.â†µ
That leaves 17 percent for the Cleveland Browns and seven percent for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns are a fun team, but not one that's yet in a class with the Steelers and Ravens. As for the Bengals, I can only really assume that's Bengals fans voting.â†µ
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