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NFL Divisions: AFC North Preview

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Jul 26, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) signs autographs after practice during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

In the AFC North, the first thing that comes to mind is the defending champion Ravens.

However, after a lot of things have shaken up during the offseason, Baltimore may not only not be favorites to successfully win back-to-back Super Bowls, but they may not even be favorites in their own division.

The Ravens lost ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and several other defensive standouts. It will certainly be interesting to see if bringing in Chris Canty and drafting Matt Elam will be enough to retain Baltimore’s fame for solid defense every season.

However, what may be even more interesting will be the questions on offense. Losing Anquan Boldin was huge, as he was Flacco’s go-to target during the postseason. Will Torrey Smith be able to step up as a true No. 1 receiver?