The AFC North was, at one point, one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, and perhaps not surprisingly, over the past decade it has also been the best division in the NFL. AFC North teams have won 330 games in the past 10 years against teams from outside its own division, an average of 8.35 wins per team, an NFL high. The AFC North is also the best NFL division when it comes to postseason play over the same 10-year span. The teams of the AFC North have produced 20 playoff wins in the past decade, as well as a league-high three Super Bowl victories.
The division is losing a bit of that luster, though. The Ravens and Bengals have a taken a step back and we all know about the tribulations of the lowly Cleveland Browns.
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What Are The AFC North Standings Today
Have a look below to find out how each AFC North team is currently faring. Expect the Steeler to usually be at the top of the pile.
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On the eve of the 2016 season, NFL.com cited the AFC North as the league’s strongest division, pointing out that five of the 12 available AFC playoff positions up for grabs in the previous two years went to AFC North teams. A lot can change in a relatively short timespan.
The Steelers are the only team still expected to contend for the AFC crown. The Ravens and Bengals have fallen off the pace.
AFC North teams have also faltered in the playoffs reently. The Steelers haven’t gone deep in the postseason since advancing to the 2010 Super Bowl.
The Bengals haven’t won a game in the postseason since 1990. Only the Ravens, who won Super Bowl XVIII, have enjoyed recent postseason success among AFC North teams.
Historically, if it weren’t for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the AFC North might be considered the worst division in the NFL.
The Steelers have won a record six Super Bowls and account for 80 percent of all the Super Bowls won by AFC North teams and 60 per cent of all appearances made in the Super Bowl by teams from the AFC North.
The Baltimore Ravens won both of their Super Bowl appearances, one of them coming at the expense of the San Francisco 49ers, while the Cincinnati Bengals lost both of their Super Bowl games, each time to the 49ers. The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first trip to the Super Bowl game.
It took the teams of the AFC North a long time to make their mark in the Super Bowl era. It wasn’t until the Pittsburgh Steelers downed the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 in Super Bowl IX that the division produced both its first Super Bowl participant and champion.
The Steelers carried the ball for the division for several years, winning three more Super Bowls by Super Bowl XIV.
The Cincinnati Bengals made their first Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XVI and the Baltimore Ravens first reached the big game in Super Bowl XXXV. Lately, the drought has resumed for AFC North teams. They’ve appeared in just one of the past five Super Bowls, Baltimore’s win in Super Bowl XLVII.
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