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ICYMI: NFL Season Preview: The AFC North Division

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In the AFC North, the first thing that comes to mind is the defending Super Bowl-champion Baltimore 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.

Jan 12 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) brings in a 59 yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos of the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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?