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The American Football Conference – Northern Division or AFC North is one of the four divisions of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The division was adopted after the restructuring of the 2002 NFL season, when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. This is the only division in the NFL in which no member team has hosted a Super Bowl in their stadiums. (Source: en.wikipedia.org The AFC North currently has four members: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers. The original four members of the AFC Central were the Browns, Bengals, Steelers and Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans). (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

The AFC North is the only AFC division that does not contain a charter team from the original American Football League. However, the Cincinnati Bengals were an AFL expansion team in the 1968 AFL season (the Steelers and Browns joined the AFC in 1970), although the Bengals joining the AFL was contingent on the team joining the NFL after the AFL–NFL merger was finalized in 1970, as Paul Brown was not a supporter of the AFL. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

The AFC Central division was formed when the Browns and Steelers brought their rivalry to the AFC in 1970, joining the newly formed "AFC Central" with the Houston Oilers (from the AFL's East Division) and Cincinnati Bengals (from the AFL's West Division). (Source: en.wikipedia.org The AFC North is the only AFC division that does not contain a charter team from the original American Football League. However, the Cincinnati Bengals were an AFL expansion team in the 1968 AFL season (the Steelers and Browns joined the AFC in 1970), although the Bengals joining the AFL was contingent on the team joining the NFL after the AFL–NFL merger was finalized in 1970, as Paul Brown was not a supporter of the AFL. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Although the Bengals won the first AFC Central Division Championship in 1970, the Steelers dominated the division for most of the 1970s. The Steelers also would win four Super Bowls in the decade, which were also the team's first league titles. (Source: en.wikipedia.org The 1980 Cleveland Browns broke the Steelers' six-year run as division champions, but failed to advance past the divisional round of the playoffs, losing to the Oakland Raiders as a result of Red Right 88. The Bengals were the only team to represent the AFC Central in the Super Bowl during the decade, appearing in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII. Both appearances resulted in close losses to the San Francisco 49ers. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

In 1995, the Jacksonville Jaguars joined the league through expansion and were placed in the AFC Central. It was the first change to the structure of the division since its inception and added a second team to the division from the U.S. South. In 1996, in one of the most controversial decisions in American sports history, the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore and were rechristened as the Baltimore Ravens. Then in 1997, the Oilers moved to Tennessee but remained in the division (the team later was renamed the Titans in 1999). The makeup of the AFC Central changed once again in 1999 when the NFL reactivated the Cleveland Browns. The division had six teams for the 1999 to 2001 seasons, and was the only division to have that many teams in the post-merger era. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

In 2002, the NFL realigned into eight divisions of four teams. The Jaguars and Titans—the latter winning the AFC Central title in 2000—were both moved to the new AFC South, while the rest of the AFC Central remained intact and was renamed the AFC North. The Bengals, Browns, and Steelers were guaranteed to remain in a division together in any circumstance; this was part of the NFL's settlement with the city of Cleveland in the wake of the 1995 Cleveland Browns relocation controversy. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Since realignment, the Steelers have won the division title seven times, and the Ravens and Bengals have each won four times. The Steelers have swept all divisional opponents twice, in 2002 and 2008 (going 7 for 7 both times, winning against the Browns in a 2003 AFC Wildcard game and the Ravens in the 2009 AFC Championship), and the Ravens and Bengals have swept all three divisional opponents once each, the Bengals in 2009 and Ravens in 2011. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

In 2009, the Cincinnati Bengals swept their annual six-game slate of divisional opponents. Their first three games against the AFC North came in weeks three-through-five when they beat the Steelers, Browns and Ravens, respectively, each by three points. The close finishes deemed the Bengals, "Cardiac Cats." Cincinnati clinched their first division title since '05 in a week 16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, 17–10. In the playoffs, however, the Bengals fell to the New York Jets at home, 24–14. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Baltimore finished off their season by winning three of their final four games to finish 9-7 and earn the number-six seed in the AFC Playoffs. In the first round of the postseason, Baltimore defeated the New England Patriots in Foxboro, 33–14. In the divisional round of the postseason, Baltimore's season came to an end with a 20–3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, who would defeat the Jets one week later to win the conference. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

The Ravens repeated as division champions in 2011 and 2012. The team went on to win Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers, on February 3, 2013, in New Orleans. It was the second franchise Super Bowl win. As of 2012, the Steelers are the AFC North's most successful team with a 599–547–21 record all-time with the Browns 2nd in line with an overall record of 510–441–while the Ravens sit in 3rd (even though they were not an official franchise until 1996) at 164–128–and then the Bengals today remain the only team in the division with their all-time record below .500 as they sit in last at 310–396–. (Source: en.wikipedia.org In 2015, the Bengals became the first team in the AFC North (Central) to ever start the year 8–0, finishing the season 12–4 and winning the division for the second time in three years. Cincinnati clinched the division title in week 16 when the Steelers were upset by the 4–10 Ravens in Baltimore, quarterbacked by Ryan Mallett. Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton was having his best season of his five-year career until breaking his thumb on December 13 against Pittsburgh caused him to miss the rest of the season. In the playoffs, Cincinnati (quarterbacked by A. J. McCarron) lost in a rematch with the Steelers, 18–16, in the final minutes of a heated battle. Pittsburgh advanced to the Divisional Round of the playoffs, only to lose to Peyton Manning and the eventual Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

The Ravens (6-3) now lead the AFC North by a half-game, and the pressure is really on Baltimore. After next Sunday’s game at the Chicago Bears, the Ravens’ last seven games are against teams who currently have winning records. (Source: www.espn.com The league kept its expanded playoff field, with 14 of its 32 teams (43.8 percent) set to qualify for the latest postseason. That includes 7 each from the AFC and NFC, with only the No. 1 seeds getting byes on top of home-field advantage. (Source:www.sportingnews.com))

1. Tennessee Titans (8-3), first place, AFC South. The Titans stumbled with a shocking home loss to the Texans to cool off from strong control of the top seed. They still hold it with a game and an extra win in hand over the Ravens, but it gets a lot more precarious with the red-hot Patriots up next. The Titans have key wins over the Chiefs and Bills. Remaining strength of schedule: .411 (Source: www.sportingnews.com)

2. Baltimore Ravens (7-3), first place, AFC North. The Ravens rallied without Lamar Jackson and Marquise Brown to survive in Chicago to maintain the lead in the division. They also put more heat on the losing Titans and stayed ahead of the winning Patriots. Remaining strength of schedule: .603 (Source: www.sportingnews.com)

www.sportingnews.com www.sportingnews.com))4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4), first place, AFC West. The Chiefs stay here after their Cowboys winning result because they lost to both the Titans and Ravens and the Patriots have the superior conference record, too. A win was huge to keep staying ahead of the Chargers. Remaining strength of s3. New England Patriots (7-4), first place, AFC East. The Patriots jumped up here from wild-card status after ripping the Falcons to open Week 11 and then seeing the Bills gets upset by the Colts on Sunday. The Patriots have a key game against the Titans before facing the Bills and those same Colts on the road after a Week 14 bye. They have a half-game lead over the Bills and also hold a 5-1 record in AFC play. Remaining strength of schedule: .508 (Source:chedule: .542 (Source:

4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4), first place, AFC West. The Chiefs stay here after their Cowboys winning result because they lost to both the Titans and Ravens and the Patriots have the superior conference record, too. A win was huge to keep staying ahead of the Chargers. Remaining strength of schedule: .542 (Source: www.sportingnews.com 5. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4), third place, AFC North. The Bengals had a huge bye with the rest of their division going 0-2-1 and followed that up by beating the Raiders handily coming out of it in Week 11. The Bengals are ahead of the Steelers, whom they beat earlier, and also jumped the Bills and Chargers, whom they host in Week 13, for because of conference tiebreakers. Remaining strength of schedule: .576 (Source:www.sportingnews.com))

6. Los Angeles Chargers (6-4), second place, AFC West. The Chargers outlasted the Steelers to stay in playoff position and a half-game behind the Chiefs in the division. Justin Herbert gives them a chance every week and Brandon Staley remains on his coach of the year path. Remaining strength of schedule: .471 (Source: www.sportingnews.com 7. Buffalo Bills (6-4), second place, AFC East. The Bills fell hard to the Colts at home just when it looked like they were back on track with their offense, thanks to the run defense letting them down big-time. The loss gave the Patriots first place ahead of the teams meeting in two weeks and also dropped the Bills behind the two AFC teams with matching records. Remaining strength of schedule: .500 (Source:www.sportingnews.com))

3. Dallas Cowboys (7-3), first place, NFC East. The Cowboys failed to stay ahead of the Packers by losing badly to the AFC's Chiefs on the road in Week 11. They will drop down to No. 4 should the Buccaneers, who beat them in Week 1, win on Monday night. The Cowboys don't need to worry about dropping down into the wild cards, because the division is a foregone conclusion with everyone else in the East still under .500. Remaining strength of schedule: .493 (Source: www.sportingnews.com)

All three teams are on the road, and while that may sound like a blessing for the Steelers, the AFC North has largely built up its collective 25-15-1 record by beating up on the weak South divisions in both conferences. (Source: bleacherreport.com This year's AFC North is the first division in NFL history to have every team two or more games above .500 through the first 10-plus games of a season, per ESPN Stats & Info. (Source:bleacherreport.com))

Both South divisions have also struggled in contests against the other divisions, while the AFC North has thus far played just three combined games against the AFC West and AFC East, with a 1-2 record to show for it. (Source: bleacherreport.com The AFC North is a remarkable 8-1-1 in games against the NFC South, with an 8-4 advantage over the AFC South. (Source:bleacherreport.com))

The final five games between the AFC North and AFC West/East will all have wild-card implications, and they should go a long way toward determining the true strength of the North. (Source: bleacherreport.com)

Meanwhile, the NFC West actually has a slightly better winning percentage entering Week 12 with a 25-15-0 combined record (.625), narrowly edging the AFC North's 25-15-1 (.622). (Source: bleacherreport.com)

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There is one main thing separating the AFC North and the AFC West, the NFL's only divisions where every team is at least .500. In the AFC West, things appear to once again be trending in the Chiefs' direction. After a slow start, the five-time defending division champions have won three straight games to pull ahead of the field in the division race. Nothing similar is taking place in the AFC North, however, where each team has a legitimate chance at taking the crown over the season's final eight weeks. (Source: www.cbssports.com)

In the AFC North standings, the Ravens, Steelers, Bengals and Browns have shuffled more than a blackjack dealer. The Bengals -- the division leader three weeks ago -- found themselves in last place entering Week 10. But the Browns' blowout loss in New England moved Cincinnati to third place in the standings. The Steelers, the defending division champion, had a chance to move into first place for the first time this season entering Sunday's game against the Lions. But Pittsburgh was unable to beat the winless Lions, settling for a tie, as the Ravens kept a half-game lead over Pittsburgh entering Week 11. (Source: www.cbssports.com)

 

 

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