The AFC North is the only division in the NFL with three playoff teams, and it’s also the only division to have two, 12-win teams (Baltimore and Pittsburgh).
“This is the best division in football,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “It’s not even close.”
The Ravens went a perfect 6-0 in the division for the first time in team history and won the division for the first time since 2006. Baltimore still has a decent chance of seeing either Cincinnati or Pittsburgh in the postseason again.
In the wild-card round this weekend, Cincinnati travels to Houston, while Pittsburgh will go to Denver.
Denver and Houston are riding three-game losing streaks, so it’s conceivable that all three AFC North teams could be left standing in the Divisional round, and then two of them could potentially hook up in the AFC Championship game.
Over the past seven seasons, the AFC North has been represented in the conference’s championship game four of those seven years.
If the Ravens end up facing Cincinnati or Pittsburgh again, the good news is that Baltimore knows both teams extremely well and has proven on multiple occasions they can beat them.
Traditionally, the mark of a strong AFC North team starts with a great defense. This season, all four teams in the division ranked in the top 10 in total defense, with the Ravens and Steelers both ranking in the top three.