In 2014 the Pittsburgh Steelers wore the crown of AFC North champions, but relinquished their title to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015. Experts everywhere have been going back and forth between the Bengals and Steelers when asked who will win the division in 2016, but are they leaving out a dark horse team who can compete with both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh?
Per the Baltimore Beatdown (the SB Nation Baltimore Raves site), the Ravens are again underdogs, a situation they have rarely been in the past decade. The author cites the massive amount of injuries, combined with a stellar draft class as reason to be optimistic for Baltimore fans.
Nonetheless, the Ravens will have a tough hill to climb, even if they get back all their players who were placed on injured reserve in 2015. Joe Flacco is coming off a torn ACL, Justin Forsett a broken arm and Steve Smith Sr. a torn achilles tendon. Those injuries will not just take time to heal, but when they do you have to wonder how they might impact their performance, especially Smith's as a wide receiver.
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