December 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive endCarlos Dunlap
(96) tackles Pittsburgh Steelers running backRashard Mendenhall
(34) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Cincinnati Bengals won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Many of us would consider the NFC West, with juggernauts San Francisco and Seattle, the best division in modern football.
And that may very well be true.
However, people sometimes forget that it is the AFC North that repeatedly puts a team, and indeed sometimes more than one per year, deep into the playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have been known for much of the last decade to be the elite AFC teams to face in any given week.
However, in the past few years, the Cincinnati Bengals have become quite relevant, and especially recently, as the team has captured two straight Wild Card playoff berths.
Even the Browns are beginning to turn their franchise around, as no team can look at their schedule and count a game against Cleveland as a win before it happens any more.