Why Ravens' Loss To Steelers Shakes up the AFC North

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Dec 2, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham (center) is congratulated by holder Drew Butler (left) and tight end Health Miller (right) after kicking the game winning field goal with time running out against the Baltimore Ravens at M

The Baltimore Ravens loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday may have huge implications for the AFC North down the stretch.

It certainly has the potential to.

The Ravens had the opportunity to win the AFC North against the Steelers, combined with a Bengals loss. They just needed to take care of business against an injury-plagued team using their third-string quarterback.

However, not only did the Bengals make a comeback win over the San Diego Chargers, but Baltimore failed to hold up its end of the bargain as well, losing 23-20 on a 42-yard field goal as time expired.

No big deal, right? The Ravens will just get it next week, or the one after that.

The problem for Baltimore is that their schedule seems to be stacked against them at this point. After traveling to the nation’s capital to battle the Redskins, the Ravens take on three straight tough opponents in the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals. Two of those games are away from home, including the season finale.

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