Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/20/12
The Baltimore Ravens, leaders of the AFC North with a 5-1 record, have already begun to look over their shoulders, metaphorically speaking.Injuries to linebacker Ray Lewis and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata have started to raise questions whether an aging Baltimore defense can continue to perform at a high level for the remainder of the season.Fans hopeful that linebacker Terrell Suggs' return would give the unit a shot in the arm will have to wait another week, as he has been downgraded to questionable for Sunday’s game against Houston.The fate of the Ravens’ playoff hopes this season may rest on the arm of Joe Flacco.Conversely, the Cincinnati Bengals’ playoff hopes may rest on their matchup this Sunday, when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time in 2012. The Bengals, 1-2 after last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, can ill afford to go 1-3 in the division.The Steelers, coming off a huge 17-16 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6, have owned the Bengals r...
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